2003-2004
UNDERGRADUATE RECORD
College of Arts and Sciences
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Program in American Sign Language

P.O. Box 400808
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22902-4808
Phone: (434) 924-7105 (leave message)
Fax: (434) 924-1478
http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/asl

Overview American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of many Deaf people in the United States and Canada. Linguists recognize ASL as a full-developed human language with its own lexicon, syntax, and morphological processes. ASL lies at the heart of a unique culture. Deaf people who sign form a tightly-knit community with distinct social norms, values, and traditions. They have developed a growing body of literature, including ASL poetry, storeis, and plays, many of which are now available on videotape. Crrently the American Sign Language Program offers a four-semester sequence in ASL, from the beginning through the intermediate level. Due to limited space and funding, we can only accept about 75 students per semester.

Faculty The American Sign language Program consists of one full-time faculty member and several part-time faculty, who together offer expertise in a wide range of areas: Deaf history and culture; ASL linguistics; ASL poetry, storytelling, and folklore; the local, national, and international Deaf communities; Deaf advocacy and legal rights; sign language interpreting' and so forth. In addition, the program regularly invites nationally-recognized scholars and performers to visit the University through the Annual ASL/Deaf Culture Lecture Series.

Students Students from across the University find ASL classes a valuable complement to their programs of study. While the majority of ASL students come from the College of Arts and Sciences, students majoring in fields such as education, audiology, and speech-language pathology also frequently enroll.

Placement Students with prior ASL experience should contact the ASL Program before classes begi. We will arrange a diagnostic interview to ensure placement in the correct ASL course.

Special Resources Through the Annual ASL/Deaf Culture Lecture Series, each year prominent Deaf people come to campus to share their language, culture, and worldview. these events are open to the general public and frequently draw Deaf people from all over the state. Other resources include local sign lunches and dinners; a growing collection of American Sign Language videotapes library; language laboratory videos, which help students develop their receptive abilities; and the Arts and Sciences Media Center that students use to practice exxpressive skills. DEAFS sponsors Deaf-related events for interesed undergraduates.

Major Since we offer only a basic sequence of courses, no major or minor in ASL is currently available at the University.

Language Requirement Students who successfully complete ASL 202 may use ASL for their foreign language requirement. Classes must be taken in sequence; once they are placed, students cannot "jump" from one level to the next.

Additional Information For more information, contact Christopher Krentz, Director of the ASL Program, at ck9m@virginia.edu.



Course Descriptions

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ASL 101 - (4) (Y)
Elementary American Sign Language I

Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority.

ASL 102 - (4) (Y)
Elementary American Sign Language II

Prerequisite: ASL 101, EDHS 515, or successful completion of placement exam.
Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority.

ASL 201 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate American Sign Language I

Prerequisite: ASL 102 or successful completion of placement exam.
Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics.

ASL 202 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate American Sign Language II

Prerequisite: ASL 201 or successful completion of placement exam.
Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics.


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