American Sign Language

School of Language and LIterature

Dean: Joel M. Levine, Ed. D.

Department Chair: Esther Alonso, M.A.

Office: 430F, (619) 482-6349

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience. Knowing another language gives one the powerful key to successfully communicate with speakers of other languages. Learning another culture prepares us to live in a multicultural world which helps us gain an especially rich preparation for the future. Each language program at Southwestern College is designed to facilitate interaction and communication with speakers of other languages, whether they are across town or across the world.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available to students with fluency in a foreign language. Fluency and intercultural communication skills in a second language enhances opportunities in: government, business, medicine and healthcare, teaching, technology, the military, social service, law enforcement, communications, fashion, and marketing.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Certificates of Proficiency
American Sign Language 01485

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Shannon Engelhart, M.S.
sengelhart@swccd.edu

ASL 101

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces sign language and manual communication used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) persons in the United States. Provides a basis for communication between hearing and D/deaf individuals at a novice-high level of proficiency. Emphasizes increased awareness of deafness, cultural sensitivity, and resources related to the Deaf in the United States. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: ASL 120;COMM 150;SPCH 150;HS 50;SPCH 50)

ASL 102

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ASL 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the opportunity to increase fluency via conversational exercises that will build awareness of appropriate grammatical usages of American Sign Language (ASL). Students will expand knowledge of ASL, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Community via continuation of ASL 101. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: ASL 130;COMM 152;SPCH 152;HS 52;SPCH 52)

ASL 201

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ASL 102 or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Continues with American Sign Language (ASL) within the context of language development in building vocabulary and ongoing conversational skills. Provides broader acquisition through interaction, story-telling, and studying of language nuances. Emphasizes deeper knowledge of Deaf Culture and Deaf Community, such as cultural issues that are encountered by Hearing and Deaf counterparts. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: ASL 220)

ASL 225

DEAF CULTURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ASL 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the community, history, and language of the Deaf/HOH (Hard of Hearing) in the United States. Provides in-depth discussions on the beliefs and customs of this unique and often overlooked cultural group. [D; CSU; UC]

ASL 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of American sign language of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]