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American Sign Language 4 (AMSL 2100)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course continues to build on the ASL skills learned in ASL 1, 2 and 3. You will continue working toward fluency in ASL building on the concepts and vocabulary learned in ASL 1, 2 and 3 by incorporating the expression of abstract concepts, expressive finger spelling and advanced conversational behaviors. You will develop a deeper understanding of facial grammar and Deaf Culture.

Topical Outline:
1. ASL classifiers: (handshape morphemes, descriptive classifiers, location classifiers)
2. Six parameters of ASL (handshapes, palm orientation, location, movement, mouth morphemes, non-manual signals / facial expression)
3. Creating an ASL story (elements of storytelling in Deaf culture)
4. Vocabulary development: (technical terminology, common physical / mental / health signs
5. Culture of the Deaf: (social events, poetry, documentaries, films)
6. Grammatical/Sentence Structure topics: (conditional clauses, use of conjunctions, writing ASL glosses, facial grammar, complex sentences, inflection of verbs - uninflect, recurring, and continuous inflection)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify and use vocabulary words and the meanings of all ASL Classifiers, including handshape morphemes, locative relationship and element classifiers.
2. Demonstrate a mastery of all ASL sentence structure elements, including ASL parameters, conjunctional phrases, negative
3. Demonstrate an increased vocabulary to discuss wide variety of specific topics and the ability to use slang, puns and idioms
4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the experience of a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing person and awareness of Deaf Culture values.

Prerequisites:  AMSL 2000 or Instructor Approval

MnTC: Goal 8