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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024
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SIGN 1020 - American Sign Language 2

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: SIGN 1010  or pass competency exam

SIGN 1020 will strengthen and expand on the skills mastered in SIGN 1010. It expands upon expressive and receptive sign vocabulary. Topics include new language functions to help students expand their conversational range from talking about themselves to talking about other people and activities, to giving directions, and making requests.

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 beyond Elementary Sign 1.


  1. Converse in small groups with teacher and classmates.
  2. Inquire about and share personal reactions.
  3. Share more factual information on topics related to people, places and things.
  4. Discuss and share thoughts and ideas with others on likes and dislikes.
  5. Negotiate directions, requests, and demands.
  6. Initiate and participate in casual exchanges with classmates (e.g., discuss past or future personal actions, make suggestions, offer advice.)
  7. Ask and respond to questions to gain knowledge and clarify understanding.
    1. Going to the grocery store, purchase of items.
    2. Factual information related to people places and things.
    3. Preferences and opinions on school subjects, books and movies.
    4. Request (e.g., explain or clarify, accept or decline invitations).
    5. Maintain and change (e.g., discuss past or future personal actions).
    6. Knowledge of world (e.g., how the earth revolves around the sun).

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


  1. Respond using topic/comment structure.
  2. Follow simple directions (e.g., right, left, north , south).
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of variety of unfamiliar topics.
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of basic ASL syntax.
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of basic descriptions, physical attributes.
  6. Demonstrate fingerspelled word recognition for proper nouns.
  7. Understand main ideas or themes from video presentations in ASL.
  8. Identify the principal characters and/or events and details in ASL.

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


  1. Wh-questions DO++, WHEN, word order with time sign.
  2. Use agreement with verb in role shift.
  3. Use POSS DUTY agreement with person’s location.
  4. Time Signs and parts of day.
  5. One person and two person role shift with eye gaze.
  6. Transitions use of signing space.
  7. Descriptive classifiers.
  8. Spatial agreement - map orientation.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discus aspects of deaf culture beyond elementary ASL 1.


  1. Demonstrate principles of appropriate cultural norms in formal and informal settings.
  2. Participate in appropriate cultural activities.
  3. Identify and describe simple cultural based behavior patterns of deaf people.
  4. Examine expected social behaviors when interacting with mixed groups of deaf and hearing individuals at Deaf events.

  • 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
Talking about Activities

  1. Ask tell when someone did/will do activity
  2. Agreement verbs
  3. Ask if tasks are completed
  4. Tell how often one does a specific chore
  5. Talk about sequence of activities involving time
  6. Tell what a person does for living


  1. Understand and retell story
  2. Use of Eye contact to engage audience
  3. Practice one and two person role shifts
  4. Practice the directions of the characters enters and exits the story
  5. Manipulating the sign or classifier in the story
  6. Facial expressions to show attitude or reactions

Giving Directions

  1. Asking/tell where
  2. Explaining the need
  3. Interrupting conversations
  4. Confirming RIGHT
  5. Expressing uncertainty

Describing others

  1. Identifying present
  2. Wh-questions: WHO
  3. Confirming THAT-One
  4. Contrastive Structure
  5. Correcting: Wave-no

Making Request

  1. Giving locations - spatial verbs
  2. Giving commands - inflecting verbs
  3. Offering assistance - spatial referencing
  4. Accepting/declining offer - role shifting
  5. Ask for clarification

Primary Faculty
Parker, Catherine
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Parker, Catherine
Pritchett, Marie

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

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