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ASL 051: American Sign Language III
: Keri Ogrizovich
: 802-777-3279
Living/Learning C-150
: kogrizov@uvm.edu
Office Hours:
 by appointment (use e-mail to arrange a time to meet via Skype or AIM)
: Z1
: TWH 1:00 PM- 4:45 PM, July 15 – August 9
: bigmarker.com (live videochat) and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
Course Description
 This on-line course is a continuation of ASL 002, the third level of American Sign Language andthe Deaf Culture. Units 14, 15 and 16 in the textbook will be used. Students will focus onincreasing their vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a totalimmersion approach. Complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL will be practiced.
Required Readings and Materials
Smith, C., Lentz, E., and Mikos, K. (1992).
Signing Naturally Level 2: Student Workbook and DVD
. Berkeley, CA: Vista College
Padden, C. and Humphries, T. (2005).
 Inside Deaf Culture
. Cambridge, MA: HarvardUniversity Press.
 Discovering Deaf Worlds
issues (posted on BlackBoard)
Supplemental Materials
signingsavvy.com (FYI: not all signs are correct; clarify with instructor)
deaflibrary.org (web search engine for ASL-related topics)
commtechlab.msu (FYI: not all signs are correct; clarify with instructor)
handspeak.com (ASL dictionary plus some ASL grammatical lessons)
asl.ms (GREAT way to practice reading fingerspelling!)
Course Goals
Students will develop receptive skills visually and expressive skills manually at the beginning conversational level.
Students will interact with members of the Deaf community in order to gain anappreciation of the Deaf culture.
Students will understand how American Sign Language functions within this distinctcultural minority in the American society.
Learning Outcomes
Learn vocabulary for both concrete and abstract concepts and produce them with scripteddialogues.
Make applications of signs learned to create impromptu dialogues.
Apply all signs learned to create video personal narratives.
Learn techniques to give explicit instructions.
Attend/experience cultural events to learn more about Deaf culture and its people.
Use the knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture to educate others.
Course Policies/Expectations
Research shows that immersion in any new language, including ASL, leads to greater success inacquisition and fluency of the language. Therefore, it is classroom policy for all ASL courses to be an ASL immersion classroom meaning that only ASL is used exclusively from the time weenter the classroom (in this case, the videochat program that will be used for this course) until weleave each day.
 Please do not speak or mouth words at any time. Use ASL to communicate witheach other, even before the instructor arrives.
This will seem awkward at first, but you willdiscover that you learn ASL more quickly with this
NO-VOICE policy
. If students cannot abide by this policy, their participation grade will be reduced. While this may be challenging, theintention is for the benefit of all, and we will work on it together.Additionally, please refrain using cell phones during class time. Eye contact is essential tocommunicating in ASL thus if there is lack of eye contact, it is considered inappropriate ASLetiquette. Again, if students cannot abide by this policy, their daily participation grade will bereduced.
 Attendance Expectations
ASL 051 is a skill development course. To develop skill in using ASL, you must practice. Classis where you are most likely to practice effectively. Therefore it is necessary to be in class (on bigmarker.com or AOL Instant Messenger as scheduled) for every session, for the entire classsession.
Since this is an intensive 11-day semi-independent course, absolutely NO absences will bepermitted.
 Any absences will result in a reduction of 5 points from your FINAL grade.
 To encourage your presence and participation:1.
You are expected to arrive prepared and on time. Arriving late is discourteous anddisruptive to other students. If you arrive late, you will receive half credit for  participation on that day.2.
If you are really sick and unable to attend the bigmarker.com/AIM sessions, you need tocontact your instructor immediately and figure out a way to get caught up in your work.
If you know ahead of time that you have to miss class, please notify the instructor inadvance by e-mail or telephone, explaining the necessity of your absence.The goal is to make sure that all students are on top of the material taught in class. By attendingall classes via bigmarker.com and AIM is the key to being successful in learning ASL and theDeaf culture.In addition, students should come prepared to class by bringing their workbook to every classsession.
Religious Observance
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the second class their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester.Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make upthis work.
Contributions in Class
Participants will be expected to follow the instructor’s directions and actively participate in thedialogue practices and other activities that will occur during class time.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty PolicyProcedures” delineated in the following website:http://www.uvm/edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf  
 Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain anaccommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course todiscuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website athttp://www.uvm.edu/accessto learn more about the services they provide or call to make anappointment.
Physical address:
Living/Learning Center A-170, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405
Instant Messenger:
General office hours:
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
Electronic Submissions/Internet Use
Use bigmarker.com for live videochat sessions.
Use AOL Instant Messenger for book discussions.
Use YouTube to upload Recorded Responses and Self-Video Projects.
Use BlackBoard for the following:
View instructions to complete self-video projects.
View assignment grades.
View study guides for the quizzes and the final exam.

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