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SIGN 2010 - American Sign Language 4

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: SIGN 1030  or pass competency exam

SIGN 2010 students will strengthen and master the skills obtained in SIGN 1010, 1020, and 1030 towards mastering ASL at an intermediate level. They will enhance expressive and receptive skills and vocabulary. This course is structured into logical grammatical units such as sentence types, pronominalization and classifiers. Highlighted topics include sociological aspects of deafness, hearing loss, medical and audiological perspectives and ASL compared to English.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in American Sign Language skills beyond level 1, 2, and 3.


  1. Debate and exchange information and opinions on topics of students’ choosing in one-to-one and group settings both inside and outside of classroom.
  2. Explore, analyze and discuss controversial emotions and feelings on a variety of topics (e.g., audism issues).
  3. Share and analyze factual information on variety of topics.
  4. Debate and support personal and others’ opinions and preferences on variety of topics.
  5. Give and follow complex sequence of instructions.
  6. Initiate and participate in Social exchanges in formal situations. (E.g. Deaf visitors to the class, Deaf play, etc.).

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


  1. Demonstrate comprehension of more complex narratives including various types of grammatical structures, including topic shift and role shift, by retelling the selection. (E.g. Birds of a Different Feather, etc.).
  2. Make and follow request. (e.g., invitations to classmates, request a travel itinerary).
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of complex questions, including conditional questions, on a variety of unfamiliar topics by seeking clarification and responding appropriately.
  4. Use complex ASL syntax in a paragraph. (e.g., temporal aspects, pronominalization.
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of complex descriptions of things by asking questions about these subjects and by asking for clarification.
  6. Demonstrate fingerspelled word recognition of proper nouns and lexicalized fingerspelling in videotaped format.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of major topics, and themes.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to analyze variety of sign styles through live and recorded materials and understand their significance.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use grammar structures beyond ASL 1, 2, and 3.


  1. Analyze and discuss the meanings of ASL parameters.
  2. Use inflections and change the meanings in the areas of manners, modulations, degrees, and temporal aspects.
  3. Give presentations using increasingly more complex non-manual markers in ASL dialogues.
  4. Use regularity, approximate/relative time, repetition, and durations and tense.
  5. Use numeral handshape with location, movement, and orientation of signs in ranking, order of finishing in competition, placement of number identification on uniforms, and teams scores.
  6. Use plural classifiers by making “in row”, “sweep in a row” in “row” and “sweep in rows” inflections.
  7. Use rhetorical questions.
  8. Use real world orientation effectively be changing the perspectives of the signer in ASK dialogues.
  9. Use all compounds and contractions in all ASL dialogues.
  10. Use sign variations (e.g., some slang signs may be appropriate for some Deaf members).

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of Deaf Culture beyond ASL 1, 2, and 3.

As the students expand their knowledge of Deaf Culture, they will discover that certain perspectives, practices and products differ from other cultures in the United States.

  1. Exchange information and opinions comparing Deaf culture with one’s own culture.
  2. Understand the value and role of collectivism in Deaf Culture and contrast it with own culture.
  3. Investigate the unwritten rules present in society that impact perceptions of Deaf People and Deaf 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
Complaining, Making Suggestions and Requests

  1. Complain about others - recurring time signs
  2. Make suggestions - Continuous time signs
  3. Make request - temporal aspects
  4. Ask Permission - inflecting verbs
  5. Express concern - role shifting
  6. Decline, explain why conditional sentences

Exchange personal information: Life Events

  1. Ask/tell when - when clauses
  2. Tell about life events - Phrasing for sequencing
  3. Ask nationality of name - contrastive structure
  4. Narrate family immigration - possessive forms
  5. Correct and elaborate - descriptive and locative classifiers

Describing and Identifying Things

  1. Ask what a word means - descriptive classifier
  2. Give Definition
  3. Describe Objects
  4. Instrument Classifiers
  5. Topic comment structure
  6. Non-manual markers
  7. Money numbers

Talking about the Weekend

  1. Ask about the weekend - temporal sequencing
  2. Describe weekend activities - time signs with durative
  3. Express opinions/feelings - element classifiers
  4. Tell about disruptive plans

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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