ASL 051: American Sign Language III COURSE SYLLABUS Summer 2013 Instructor: Keri Ogrizovich Text: 802

-777-3279 Office: Living/Learning C-150 Email: kogrizov@uvm.edu Office Hours: by appointment (use e-mail to arrange a time to meet via Skype or AIM) Section: Z1 Credits: 3 Class: TWH 1:00 PM- 4:45 PM, July 15 – August 9 Location: 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 and the Deaf Culture. Units 14, 15 and 16 in the textbook will be used. Students will focus on increasing their vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion 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: Harvard University Press. • Discovering Deaf Worlds issues (posted on BlackBoard) Supplemental Materials o signingsavvy.com o asldictionary.com o aslaccess.org o deaflibrary.org o commtechlab.msu o handspeak.com o asl.ms (FYI: not all signs are correct; clarify with instructor) (web search engine for ASL-related topics) (FYI: not all signs are correct; clarify with instructor) (ASL dictionary plus some ASL grammatical lessons) (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 an appreciation of the Deaf culture. • Students will understand how American Sign Language functions within this distinct cultural minority in the American society.

Learning Outcomes • Learn vocabulary for both concrete and abstract concepts and produce them with scripted dialogues. • 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 in acquisition 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 we enter the classroom (in this case, the videochat program that will be used for this course) until we leave each day. Please do not speak or mouth words at any time. Use ASL to communicate with each other, even before the instructor arrives. This will seem awkward at first, but you will discover 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, the intention 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 to communicating in ASL thus if there is lack of eye contact, it is considered inappropriate ASL etiquette. Again, if students cannot abide by this policy, their daily participation grade will be reduced. Attendance Expectations ASL 051 is a skill development course. To develop skill in using ASL, you must practice. Class is 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 class session. Since this is an intensive 11-day semi-independent course, absolutely NO absences will be permitted. 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 and disruptive 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 to contact your instructor immediately and figure out a way to get caught up in your work.

3. If you know ahead of time that you have to miss class, please notify the instructor in advance 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 attending all classes via bigmarker.com and AIM is the key to being successful in learning ASL and the Deaf culture. In addition, students should come prepared to class by bringing their workbook to every class session. 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 up this work. Contributions in Class Participants will be expected to follow the instructor’s directions and actively participate in the dialogue 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 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 http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide or call to make an appointment. Physical address: Living/Learning Center A-170, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: 802-656-7753 Fax: 802-656-0739 E-mail: access@uvm.edu Instant Messenger: UVMaccess 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: o View instructions to complete self-video projects. o View assignment grades. o View study guides for the quizzes and the final exam.

Student Evaluation and Assessment Course grade will be determined as follows: Attendance/Participation.…………..……………..11% Book Discussions……………….….…………......10% Video Responses……………………........……….10% Self-Videos (2 videos)…………………………… 15% Cultural Exposure Papers (2 papers)………...……10% Quiz #1…………………….………………………6% Quiz #2…………………….………………………8% Quiz #3……………...…………………………..... 10% Final Exam…………………..…….……………... 20% Percentage 97 and above 93 – 96% 90 – 92% 87 – 89% 83 – 86% 80 – 82% 77 – 79% Course Assignments • Cultural Exposure Projects: Since this course is an online course, it is unrealistic to expect students to attend cultural events. Instead, students will do 2 projects: o Research on a Deaf person of their choosing (from the instructor’s list) and type a biography paper (minimum 4 pages excluding cover page and references page, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch page margins all around). o Watch a video and submit an analytical reaction paper (minimum 2 pages doublespaced, 12-point font, 1-inch page margins all around). Self-Video Projects: During the semester, students will be required to do 2 self-videos; both videos will be personal narratives based on vocabulary and sentence structures lessons learned in class. Information on what is expected for the video projects will be posted on BlackBoard. The goal is to create a record of progress on your expressive skills. Post the video links on BlackBoard where applicable and make sure that your video is set as ‘public’ or ‘unlisted’ so that your instructor can view them. Readings Discussions: Each student will develop prompt questions and lead an hour-long readings discussion on a chapter from the Inside Deaf Culture readings and a couple of issues of Discovering Deaf Worlds (available on BlackBoard). All students must participate in this discussion which will take place online AOL Instant Messenger. After the discussion, the leader needs to save the hour-long conversation and attach the file in BlackBoard where applicable (best way to do this is ‘select-all’ the text and paste it in a Word file). Letter A+ A AB+ B BC+ GPA 4.00 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.00 2.67 2.33 Percentage 73 – 76% 70 – 72% 67 – 69% 63 – 66% 60 – 62% Below 60% Letter C CD+ D DF GPA 2.00 1.67 1.33 1.00 0.67 0.00

Video Responses: During this course, we will mostly meet online live videochat but there are a few days where a pre-recorded video of your instructor teaching will be used. In these videos, there will be questions and dialogues that you will need to answer/do in sign. You will videotape yourself answering the questions and doing the dialogues. These videos will need to be uploaded onto YouTube (or Vimeo if your video is longer than 10 minutes) and the URL posted on BlackBoard where applicable. Quizzes: There will be three quizzes as scheduled (only ONE make-up quiz will be allowed). Final Exam: Students will pair up to have a series of dialogue based on the vocabulary and sentence structures that was learned throughout the semester. A study guide for this exam is posted on BlackBoard. Your instructor will evaluate your receptive and expressive skills as you are doing this exam with your partner. No make-up exam will be given for any reason except in the case of an emergency. Please inform your instructor of any conflicts prior to the final exam.

Instructional Sequence [SUBJECT TO CHANGE] Class Dates Session Topics [Live via BigMarker.com, 4-8 PM] Session 1 * Review syllabus, ASL 002 topics * Begin Unit 14 * Discuss Inside assignment and assign chapters to students to lead * Discuss course meeting days/times [AIM 5:30-6:30 PM, Pre-recorded video] Session 2 * Discuss Inside chapter 1 [student will lead via AIM] * Continue Unit 14 * Review SN 7-12 topics (from ASL 002) Assignments Due

* Read Inside chapter 1 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 1-2 * Recorded response (by 11:59 PM)

[AIM 4-5 PM, Pre-Recorded Video] Session 3 * Discuss Inside chapter 2 [student will lead via AIM] * End Unit 14 * Review for Quiz #1 * Read Inside chapter 2 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 3-4 * Complete SN WB Unit 14 * Recorded response (by 11:59 PM)

[AIM 4-5 PM, live via BigMarker.com 5-8 PM] Session 4 * Discuss Inside chapter 3 [student will lead via AIM] * Quiz #1 * Review for Self-video #1 * Begin Unit 15 * Read Inside chapter 3 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 5-6 * Cultural Exposure paper due (Re-Defining Deaf video)

[AIM 4-5 PM, live via BigMarker.com 5-8 PM] Session 5 * Discuss Inside chapter 4 [student will lead via AIM] * Continue Unit 15

* Read Inside chapter 4 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 7-8 * Complete Self-video #1

[AIM 5-6 PM, Pre-recorded video] Session 6 * Discuss Inside chapter 5 [student will lead via AIM] * Continue Unit 15

* Read Inside chapter 5 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 9-10 * Recorded response (by 11:59 PM)

[AIM 5-6 PM, live via BigMarker.com 6-9 PM] Session 7 * Discuss Inside chapter 6 [student will lead via AIM] * End Unit 15 * Quiz #2 [AIM 8-9 PM, Pre-recorded video] Session 8 * Discuss Inside chapter 7 [student will lead via AIM] * Begin Unit 16 * Review for Self-video #2 (via AIM and pre-recorded video) [AIM 5-6 PM, live via BigMarker.com 6-9 PM] Session 9 * Discuss Inside chapter 8 [student will lead via AIM] * End Unit 16 * Review for Quiz #3 and Expressive Exam [AIM 5-6 PM, live via BigMarker.com 6-9 PM] Session 10 * Discuss Inside chapter 9 [student will lead via AIM] * Quiz #3 * Expressive Exam (in pairs)

* Read Inside chapter 6 and DDW Vol. 1, Is. 11-12 * Cultural Exposure paper due (Deaf Biography) * Complete SN Unit 15

* Read Inside chapter 7 and DDW Vol. 2, Is. 1-2 * Recorded response (by 11:59 PM)

* Read Inside chapter 8 * Complete SN Unit 16 * Complete Self-video #2

* Read Inside chapter 9