Eastside Academic Studies


American Sign Language 2 (ASL2)

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Teacher: Teresa Hatten
Date/Time: Tuesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Room: 255/257
Department: Foreign Languages
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 6

Minimum Students: 4

Course Description:

In this course, the student will build upon the basics of ASL 1.  The focus will be to continue to build on visual acuity, physical dexterity in accurately producing and understanding signs demonstrated, fingerspelling and numbers, everyday vocabulary, building grammatical structures in conversational fluency in ASL while developing the student’s understanding and appreciation of Deaf culture.

This is a 90 minutes per week course.  It is designed to challenge the student.  Students will receive personalized attention as well as allow for the group to work in a team-like atmosphere.  The student will be encouraged to use ASL in the classroom and practice with others outside the classroom.  If by chance you meet a deaf person you will be able to interact with that deaf individual.  Voice in the classroom will be minimal.  This approach helps to immerse the student in the language and is one of the best ways to become comfortable with the language.  It also helps with retention of what has been learned and improves both receptive and expressive skills. This course will include opportunities for interaction with the DEAF Community. The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in the Clarkston community area hosts an Annual Fall Festival event which is always the first weekend in November.  ASL students are expected to attend!  The student will receive a grade for their attendance and interaction there. This class requires the student to attend at least three (3) Deaf events within the Atlanta area.

Course textbook:  A Basic Course in American Sign Language, by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden and Terrence J. O'Rourke (Illustrated by Frank A. Paul)

Grades: Grades will be based on Homework (includes Deaf events), Quizzes, Class Participation, Attendance and Exams (Mid-Term & Final).  Grades will be posted in Gradebook.

Course Tuition:  $625 if paid before the first day of class or $315 per semester.  The first semester payment is due on or before the first day of class and the second payment is due the day the Spring semester begins.  If additional siblings are enrolled in ASL classes, please ask about a sibling discount.  There is also a One-Time Supply/Activity fee of $45 dollars, due on or before the first day of class.  Enrollment in this course is for the entire school year.  By enrolling in this course you are committing for a complete year of study and full payment of tuition. Understandably, there may be exceptions.  If for some reason the student cannot continue the class, in such cases parents should contact me to discuss a possible prorated refund.

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