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ASL 195: Independent Study COURSE SYLLABUS Summer 2013 Instructor: Keri Ogrizovich Office: L/L-C 150 Email: Phone: 802-777-3279 (text only) Section: Z2 Credits: 1-6 (recommended: 3) Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Course Description This course is an independent study on a topic of the students choosing, related to American Sign Language and/or Deaf culture. The instructor and student will work together to select a main textbook to use for the duration of this course. Course Goals Study a topic within ASL/Deaf culture. Make applications from learning ASL to the chosen topic. Attend Deaf events to immerse oneself in the Deaf culture and its people. Use the knowledge of the chosen topic and apply it to other areas of ASL/Deaf Culture. Use the knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture to educate others.

Learning Outcomes Students will: Understand how the chosen topic is relevant to ASl and Deaf culture. Demonstrate an understanding of the chosen topic and apply it to their work: final reflection and expressive arts project. Course Policies/Expectations Due to the fact that this is an independent study, students are responsible for completing their weekly homework and meeting with the instructor as needed. Attendance Expectations There are no attendance expectations. If you have any questions or concerns or need assistance with your independent study, please see the instructor during office hours or email the instructor to set up a day/time to meet.

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. Contributions in Class Participants will be expected to follow the syllabus and do the work expected of them. 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 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: 802-6560739, Email:, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. Student Evaluation and Assessment Course grade will be determined as follows: Literature Review Papers Cultural Events Final Reflection Paper or Presentation Total Percentage 97 and above 93 96% 90 92% 87 89% 83 86% 80 82% 77 79% Letter A+ A AB+ B BC+ GPA 4.00 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 30 % 20 % 20 % 100 % Letter C CD+ D DF GPA 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.67 0.00

Percentage 73 76% 70 72% 67 69% 63 66% 60 62% Below 60%

Class Assignments Literature Review Papers: Each week, students will submit on BlackBoard a 1-2 pages paper reviewing the literature read for that particular week. This paper should be in essay format with an introduction to the themes you have noticed throughout the readings, the body touching on each reading, and finally the conclusion, wrapping up on what you have understood of the readings. Cultural Events: Students will attend Cultural Events either at UVM and/or in the Vermont Deaf community. A total of 3 events, each minimum 2 hours long, is required. After each observation, students are to write a 2-page, double-spaced, 12-point font reflection paper for each observation. Final Reflection: Each student will have a choice to do one of the following: Do a self-analysis paper in no less than 10 pages (including the cover page and bibliography). Do a presentation in ASL in no less than 15 minutes using visual aids, i.e. PowerPoint (keep in mind that your signing skills will NOT be critiqued). Do a presentation in spoken English (with an interpreter) in no less than 15 minutes using visual aids. The paper or presentation should include the following: a detailed commentary on what you learned both personally and academically, an annotated bibliography of the books (minimum of 5 resources including the text), readings, and experiences that you found particularly important, a personal and professional reflection on what you have learned during this experience, and how this experience has enhanced your ASL skills receptively and expressively. Share your teaching experience throughout the semester using your journal entries from the classes: what techniques worked and did not work, etc. Students should also use the community observation papers for completing this final reflection. Students can frame and structure their paper/presentation in as creative or as non-creative a manner they would like. If students choose to do a paper, the minimum is 10 pages, including cover page and reference page. If students choose to do a presentation, the minimum length is 15 minutes. Both the paper and presentation require citation from a minimum of 5 referencesreadings from ASL classes can be used but it is strongly encouraged to include new sources of information as well.