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American Sign Language 2b: Advancing Communication Skills

American Sign Language 2b: Advancing Communication Skills


Ready to dive deeper into learning about the Deaf community, culture, and language? Learn about sequencing, transitions, role-shifts, and future tenses. Discover how to tell a story and ask questions, benefiting with greater exposure to deaf culture. Speed, conversations, signing skills, and cultural awareness are characteristics of this course.

  • Deaf people used to be called “deaf and dumb,” but the Deaf President Now protests held by the student body at Gallaudet University in 1988 proved that not only could Deaf students organize but also that they were articulate leaders who wanted to see Deaf people in positions of power. Together, we’ll trace this important event in Deaf history, and since such events don’t simply happen, but rather require a great deal of advance planning, we’ll also work on making plans in ASL by learning how to create lists, sequences, and rankings with the correct NMMs. Finally, we’ll delve into the process of researching Deaf topics while making sure to include Deaf perspectives from original sources—knowledge every ASL student should have!

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Describe how the Deaf President Now movement developed
    • Relate how the first deaf president of Gallaudet University came to power
    • Sign lists and sequences properly when making plans
    • Practice NMMs with past and future tense questions
    • Research Deaf culture using appropriate Deaf sources
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