CATALINA MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SYLLABUS 2012-2013 1. Course Title: American Sign Language 3-4 2. Instructor: Natasha Escalada-Westland 3. Instructor’s Email Address and, if Applicable, Student Website: [email protected] [email protected] www.westlandasl.com 4. Instructor’s Classroom Phone Number: 232-8452 5. Course Description: Students will review ASL 1,-2. This course includes: the parameters of signed language; syntax; nonmanual signals and role shifting; the proper use of sign space; pronominalization; nouns/verbs; time line; classifiers; pluralizations; deaf culture, fingerspelling and numbers. This course also includes the use of conceptual accuracy, modulations, sight line, lexicalized fingerspelling, contractions, direct address, conjunctions, model stories, history of sign, language variations, the sign continuum, and how people hear. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture. 6. Textbook: Master ASL Level One, 2006, Jason E. Zinza & Signing Naturally Level 2, Workbook and DVD, 1992, Mikos/Smith/Lentz Students in this class work from a class set of books and are not provided with an individual copy, except by special request. 7. Other Required Materials: Binder or large folder Pen or pencil. Desire to learn & enthusiasm! Homework: 3-4 days/week, 15-20 min./night 8. Topics Covered in This Class: Performance Goals: Upon completion of this year-long course, the student will be able to do the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Understand and perform a sign vocabulary with a minimum of at least 2000 signs and classifiers. Demonstrate an expressive and receptive understanding of numbering systems used in ASL. Demonstrate expressive fingerspelling with correct posture, placement, and rhythm & speed. Demonstrate comprehension of fingerspelled words of 5 or more letters. Demonstrate and describe complex sentence structure including dependent clauses. Discuss Deaf culture and the deaf community and explain how it might differ from hearing cultures. Provide and receive information (expressive/receptive skills) at the sentence and brief narrative level in American Sign Language. Course Outline Outline: Unit Topics are outlined. Fingerspelling and SignWriting will be addressed throughout the course. Grammar and linguistic elements are outlined. Deaf culture will be addressed in various lessons for each unit. Semester 1 Describing People Race/Ethnicity signs Location changes Descriptive classifiers My Home & Community (The concept of) Have… Spatial Visualization Using CL: Claw with spatialization Money Signs Using CL: bent V Making Requests Locations Commands Assistance Accepting/Declining offers Asking for clarification Money numbers Making Plans Foods & cooking Animals Signing “To Be” Semester 2 SignWriting at the Sentence Level Writing facial expressions Punctuation Complaining, Making Suggestions and Requests Temporal inflections Ask for permission & clarification Express concern Decline / Agree (conditional sentence) Life Events - Narratives Ask/tell when (dependent clauses) Tell about life events (sequencing) Ask about nationality Narratives (contrastive structure) Correct and elaborate Recent Activities & Opinions - Narratives Temporal sequencing Time signs with durative aspect Describing and Identifying Things Descriptive classifiers Instrument classifiers Mouth morphemes Element classifiers 9. Grading Policy: Testing, Grading Scale and Categories In order to pass a unit, students must receive at least 75% on Receptive and Expressive tests. These will be taken by watching the instructor signing live or on video or by recording yourself signing or signing live in front of the instructor. There are testing time windows, but students may retake all tests until a score of 75% or higher is achieved, and students may test ahead if they have finished a particular unit. Grammar and culture knowledge tests include written English and SignWriting. Students may use any notes they have written or printed and included in their ASL class folder. Grammar and culture tests cannot be taken until a study guide and/or notes are completed. Weighted Categories: Interpersonal & interpretive ASL skills 30% of weighted grade (includes reading SignWriting) Presentational ASL skills 30% of weighted grade (includes writing SignWriting) Grammar and Culture knowledge 25% of weighted grade (Written English tests and assignments, some projects) Culturally Appropriate Behavior 15% of weighted grade (use of visual communication and appropriate participation in class activities) Grade Scale [applied after all categories are calculated (rounded up)]: A B C D F 90-100% 80-89% 70-79% 65-69% 0-64% 10. Late/Missing Work Policy: Tests and assignments must be done to mastery. You must re-do assignments and tests until you reach a score of 75% or higher to obtain mastery. All assignment grades will be finalized (and therefore all assignments are due) at least 5 school days before grades are due at each quarter. Hand in assignments to your labeled class tray on the table at the back of the room. 11. Interventions this Teacher Offers to Students Whose Performance Does Not Meet Expectations: The mastery expectations set out in the paragraph above are one form of intervention. Students who do not retake or redo tests and assignments with scores lower than ~75% and/or whose overall class score is below 70% will be asked to discuss, then write and submit to the instructor a signed plan of action to raise their scores. Parents/guardians, school counselors, administrators or other key staff or faculty members will be contacted with the details of the plan. 13. Other Class Requirements or Expectations: CAB Plan – Culturally and Classroom Appropriate Behavior – Earned Daily points: 10 pts. (Extra credit is often available for observed extra effort) You earn or lose points on a daily checklist according to your ability and willingness to adhere to (Deaf and Classroom) Culturally Appropriate Behavior. As you gain knowledge and confidence, my expectations will become higher. More Deaf cultural norms will be added and practiced as the year progress. The basics are as follows: Visual communication - is expected for the majority of class time, as indicated by “The Sign” located at the front of the room on the white board. “The Sign” will be orange with a picture of signing hands, and means that you are to use sign language, not spoken language. You may use Stickies for questions that come up during lectures or questions that you feel you can’t express adequately using visual communications. Stickies are simply a sticky note on which you can write your question or observation and give it to me or place it on my computer screen. I’ll address the questions that come up as time allows during class. Eye contact – This will be hard for some of you at first because culturally, hearing people are trained to mostly listen, and not all cultures value direct eye contact, some even disapprove of it. You will be expected to watch the person who is signing in large, small and one-on-one signing situations. o Hat, Sunglasses & Hoodies – Please don’t wear them in class. A huge part of ASL is facial expression and eye gaze. We won’t be able to fully access this part of the language if you are covering it up. o Clear sight-lines – If you can’t see the signer, move or let the signer know you can’t see them. Communication is a two-way street. Distractions (tardies, food, phones, other electronics without permission, etc.) – o Treat everyone in the room with respect. Simple. Effective. Remember it! Respect yourself and others by focusing on our goal of learning ASL. Set electronics to off/vibrate and in your pocket or bags. If devices cause a continuing interruption, students will be asked to give up their devices to a monitor or administrator. o Be on time. The following tardy policy is in effect: minus 5 participation points each tardy. If it becomes a habit and/or is disruptive, you will be referred for detention/community service. Skipping out early is considered a “tardy” too. o Keep it clean. No food. Drinks with lids only. Attend class. Let me know if you will be absent. When you are absent, check missed work by accessing my lesson plans or Power Points on line at http://www.westlandasl.com. Any other handouts needed should be available in a location I have indicated in the room or available for download on my website. Most students who attend regularly pass this class. Students who are absent frequently often fail. Academic Integrity. If you cheat or plagiarize individual work such as tests or written assignments you will receive a score of zero. Your parents/guardians will be contacted and you will be referred to administration for disciplinary measures. Ask questions and get help. If you need further help or assistance beyond class time, please don’t hesitate see me during lunch by appointment. All school rules and regulations outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities or elsewhere are, of course, in effect in this classroom as well. o Classroom Routine We will use AMOST COMPLETELY ASL! Look at the “The Sign” when you enter the classroom to see if you are allowed to voice. You will need to practice asking questions, making polite conversation and using lots of gesturing and facial expression when you can’t remember a sign. Use a Sticky if you’re stuck! As well as the expectation that you use ASL, this is how you can expect classes to proceed on a weekly basis. There will be projects, and hopefully visitors that will insert themselves into our routine, and of course, unexpected circumstances to deal with. The daily objectives will be displayed on the projector or written on the board. Daily Bellwork (5 to 10 min.) – When you enter the classroom, briefly greet the teacher and other students in ASL, find your assigned seat, get out your notebook, read and copy the objectives and announcements and for the day and begin the daily bellwork practice. After bellwork, the instructor will present a short vocabulary, grammar or culture lesson. Topics are posted on-line at www.westlandasl.com> ASL 1-2> Calendar. After the lesson, students will engage in grouped or individual practice lessons. Classroom Binders or Folders Each of you will keep a binder. In it you will keep a list of objectives, notes and track your progress towards the objectives (assessments). You need to keep graded assignments and test scores or progress reports. Test answer sheets will be kept by the instructor and can be viewed on request. Practice Groupings Assigned seating will change on a bi-weekly basis. Sometimes you will choose practice group and sometimes you will be assigned to practice with others. These groupings may change depending on the goal for the day and what we are trying to accomplish.