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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SIGN 1010 - American Sign Language 1

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

SIGN 1010 is designed for students who have no previous American Sign Language (ASL) training. Students achieve a basic level of expressive and receptive sign communication skills in American Sign Language, and will understand the role of ASL in deaf persons’ lives. This course focuses on vocabulary, grammar, language functions, and other deafness‑related issues.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in basic sign language skills.


  1. Engage in one-to-one conversation and share basic information.
  2. Ask for and provide basic and personal factual information.
  3. Inquire about and express simple preferences and opinions.
  4. Give and follow simple directions, commands, and requests.
  5. Exchange greetings introducing basic personal information.
  6. Discuss the immediate environment.
  7. Demonstrate ability to use and recognize appropriate listener feedback during one-to-one conversation (e.g. head nod, head shake).
    1. Feelings and emotions.
    2. Factual information (names, schools, background information).
    3. Preferences and Opinions (e.g. favorite people, colors, food).
    4. Follow commands (e.g. ask for permission).
    5. Maintain and change interpersonal Relationships (e.g. name, age, education).
    6. Knowledge of the world (aesthetic design of classroom).
    7. Personal enjoyment (e.g. participate in activities).
    8. Topics including famous deaf people, recreation and daily routines.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use American Sign Language vocabulary.

Regarding such topics as small talk, numbers and class room expressions, personal characteristics, hobbies, housing & furnishings, family members, calendar, time, and entertainment.

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of basic information by responding appropriately. (e.g., name, age, family).
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of basic ASL syntax (e.g., OSV, Rhetorical, topics/comment).
  3. Follow simple commands (e.g. put papers away).
  4. Demonstrate finger spelled word recognition by correctly reading.
  5. Proper names finger spelled (e.g. brands, names, places).
  6. Comprehend main ideas in ASL narratives and stories.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use basic ASL syntax while signing.


  1. Use Phonology, parameters (hand shapes Palm orientations, locations and movements.
  2. Morphology, inflections, manners, modulations, and time aspects.
  3. Morphology, Non Manual markers.
  4. Timeline and Time
  5. Temporal Aspects (observe the rules by beginning with time indicator).
  6. Incorporation of Numbers.
  7. Verb Inflections.
  8. Plurality.
  9. Syntax, Questions, Yes/No, Wh).
  10. Syntax Sentence Types (Topic Statement, Conditionals, and Commands).
  11. Syntax Negation and Assertion.
  12. Discourse Register.
  13. Real World Orientation and Spatial Relationships, Absence, and Presence.
  14. Classifiers, Descriptions, locations, shape specifies, entity, and rules.
  15. Noun and verb types.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of Deaf Culture.


  1. Recognize and use cultural aspects of American Sign Language.
  2. Getting a deaf person attention appropriately.
  3. Negotiating a sign environment appropriately.
  4. Maintaining sightline when communicating in sign.
  5. Demonstrate basic familiarity with literature about Deaf people, history and Deaf-related events.
  6. Recognize themes, ideas or perspectives of Deaf Culture and how they are reflected by the culture.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Greetings
  2. Numbers
  3. Useful expressions

Getting to Know You

  1. Ask/give names
  2. Wh-questions
  3. Number forms
  4. Contrastive structures
  5. Identifying others
  6. Following instructions/commands

Exchange of Personal Information

  1. Yes/No questions
  2. Real world orientation
  3. Number form and movement
  4. Fingerspelling up letters
  5. Narrating experience with language
  6. Discuss leisure activities
  7. Describe shapes
  8. Identify sequence - gender - appearance
  9. Gender body position
  10. Gender and action - contrastive
  11. Form and movement of double letters

Discuss Living Situation

  1. Ask/Tell where one lives
  2. Give commands location
  3. Weak hand to establish reference point
  4. Communicating with the face
  5. Fingerspelling hand positions and movement
  6. Discussing one’s residence
  7. Cardinal numbers 30 - 66
  8. Talking about roommate/pets
  9. Giving basic directions
  10. Fingerspelling down letters
  11. Traveling

Talk About Family

  1. Talk about immediate family
  2. Negation
  3. Rocking numbers
  4. Express desires
  5. Talk about siblings
  6. Tell how old
  7. Talk about extended family
  8. How family members relate
  9. Family Variations
  10. Cardinal Numbers 1 - 100
  11. Getting meaning across
  12. Commenting on Family members

Primary Faculty
Ternullo, Annette
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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