ASL 195: Fingerspelling & Numbers COURSE SYLLABUS

Term: Summer 2013 Section: Z1 Credits: 3 Location: TBA Meeting Time: T, W, TH 1:00-4:45 PM Instructor: Alex Lynch SMS: 802.777.6696 Voicemail: 520.505.1155 Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description This course will aid students in developing increased fluency in their expressive and receptive abilities at fingerspelling and numbers. A variety of topics for fingerspelling and the number sign system will be covered through in-class exercises and viewing of materials. Learning Outcomes • Be able to fingerspell the letters, numbers, and lexicalized fingerspelling of the American manual alphabet clearly and accurately with proper letter formation, palm orientation, and hand position. • Be able to recognize words or word groups by their configuration, context, or visible letters in initial, middle, and/or final position. • Attend Deaf events to learn more about Deaf culture. • Utilize the knowledge of ASL fingerspelling to educate others. Course Goals • Students will be able to recognize words, numbers, and lexicalized fingerspelling fingerspelled at various rates within a range considered to be normal by the instructor. • Students will be able to identify and cite examples of the different numbering systems in ASL. • Students will demonstrate proper articulation, rate of transition from letter to letter, word configuration, and distinction between words. • Students will interact with members of the Deaf community in order to gain an appreciation of the Deaf culture.


Required Readings • Mendoza, E. (2006). ABC 1-2-3 Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL: Student Workbook. Alexandria, VA: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Attendance Expectations Attendance is MANDATORY. Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Each unexcused absence will result in 5 points deduction to student’s final participation grade. Absences will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor on a timeline for completing incomplete work in event of absence, whether prolonged or not.

RESOURCES: Sign Dictionaries (not all signs are correct, clarify with instructor) commtechlab.msu

Course Policies/Expectations Regardless of instructor’s presence, students who enter the classroom are expected to communicate in ASL ONLY. In order to encourage the full use of ASL and to introduce cultural rules, students must refrain from using their voice and mouthing words during class time. ASL is the only permitted form of language to be used. Students are expected to police themselves over this policy. Abuse of this policy will result in deduction to ALL attendees’ final participation grade. Additionally, students are not permitted to wear gloves, sunglasses, headphones, and or covered hoods during class time as they does not only obscure language development but are plainly offensive. Since visual reception is critical in learning ASL, the use of cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited during lecture. Certain exceptions are made, subject to instructor’s approval. Abuse of this policy will result in deduction to students’ final participation grade. Contributions in Class Participation and contributions are essential to the class due to the experiential nature of this course. Therefore, students are expected to come prepared and to actively participate in class. To maximize interactions with various students for dialogue practices and other activities, each student is encouraged to randomly choose their seat assignment per class session. The instructor has the final discretion on all seat assignments. 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 end of second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Academic Honesty & Professionalism All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website: http://www.uvm/edu/ ~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf Intellectual Property Consistent with the University’s policy on intellectual property rights, it is the American Sign Language Program’s policy that teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/ or transmission of classes or class notes is prohibited without the express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needs

Fingerspelling (excellent resource for fingerspelling practice)


ASL-related topic

of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanent retention or electronic dissemination to others. Accommodations Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at to learn more about the services they provide. Contact info: ACCESS: A-170 Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email:, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. Electronic Submissions/Internet Use Use BlackBoard for the following: • Articles readings • Journal entries • Fingerspelling Survey • Instructions to complete video projects • Preview grade sheets for video projects • View assignment grades • View additional Deaf events (when available) Grading Course grade will be determined as follows:


Grade GPA Letter 4.00 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.67 0.00 A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF

Class 97 and above Assignments A+ 93 – 96% 90 – 92% 87 – 89% 83 – 86% 80 – 82% 77 – 79% 73 – 76% 70 – 72% 67 – 69% 63 – 66% 60 – 62% Below 60%

The  grade  received  will  be   based  on  the  total  number  of   points  accumulated  over  the   semester.    

Participation Journals Quizzes Video Projects (2) Cultural Experience Paper Midterm Final Exam

10% 10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 20%

Cultural Experience: Students will be required to attend ONE Deaf social event during the term, minimum 100 minutes per event. Within one week after the event, students will submit two full pages, double-spaced, 12-point type, and 1-inch margins paper to be posted to Blackboard with the following information: • • • • Date and length of time attended Persons interacted with Signed vocabulary learned Overall observation and reaction with particular focus on fingerspelling

In the event of a personal conflict with the scheduled events, students must inform the instructor as soon as possible to work out alternative arrangements. Please post cultural experience paper in .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, or .PAGES format to Blackboard. Do not send the paper in plain text, HTML, OpenOffice, or ZIP format. No hard copy please. Cultural experience paper will not be accepted after June 14, 2013. Cultural paper submitted more than one week past the event date will be considered late. Late cultural experience paper will result in 2 points deduction daily up to 50 points. • Video Projects: Students are expected to record themselves for two video projects: their best friend and their dream vacation. Students may record themselves with any electronic device capable of video recording as long as they are able to upload the video file to YouTube with a private URL (web link) made available for the instructor to view online. They must check that their video is not set to private, otherwise it would be inaccessible to the instructor for viewing. Further information on both projects will be posted on Blackboard.

Late video project submission will result in 5 points deduction daily. • Quizzes: There will be a total of five quizzes throughout the term. Each quiz will consist of five sentences that are worth two points each for a total of 10 points. The instructor will sign the entire story so the students gain an understanding of the context. Then, the instructor will sign each sentence twice while the students write down their understanding of each sentence. Students will not be graded on their English translation, spelling, or punctuation, only their comprehension of fingerspelling. Midterm & Final Exam: The midterm and final exam will be similar to the quizzes but longer. The exams will also include questions from reading

materials. The final exam differs from the midterm since it will include lexicalized fingerspelling questions. Except in the case of an emergency, no make-up quiz and exam will be given. • Journal Entries: Each student will be required to type reflections to self-assess their progress and understanding of the material presented. There are no pagelength requirements for the reflections although each entry should contain critical writing about the content of the class and any questions or concerns.

Communiqué When emailing the instructor, please insert the course name and course section in the subject line (i.e. ASL 001 Z1). The instructor will respond to received email within 24-48 hours. If you have not received a reply after 48 hours and or if you have an urgent matter, then please send a text message to the instructor at 802.777.6696. If you cannot send a text message, then you may leave a voice message at 520.505.1155. Pass/Fail Policy Students may take this course for a pass/fail grade. However, they are expected to complete all assignments and all examinations. Course Schedule Pending syllabus approval from CE for Summer 2013

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