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SIGN 1030 - American Sign Language 3

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: SIGN 1010  or SIGN 1020  or pass competency exam

SIGN 1030 students will strengthen and master the skills obtained in SIGN 1010 and SIGN 1020. They will enhance their expressive and receptive skills and vocabulary. The course emphasizes locating and describing objects, solutions to everyday problems, life events, weekend activities, and correcting and confirming information. Topics also include appropriate cultural behaviors and strategies for controlling conversations.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in sign language skills beyond the intermediate level of ASL 1 and 2.


  1. Engage in group conversation and exchange information and opinions on a variety of topics.
  2. Compare the expression of emotions and feelings in a variety of informal and formal situations (e.g., going to a Deaf Club, attending a Deaf Play).
  3. Discuss Facts about events that happened in the past.
  4. Inquire about and express satisfaction or dissatisfaction, interest or lack of interest, and discuss probability and certainty (e.g., hobbies, activities, current events).
  5. Make and respond to suggestions or requests in formal situations.
  6. Respond to a variety of situations ( e.g. congratulations, compliments, sympathy, regret).
  7. Explore and discuss the mean of what is being done.

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


  1. Demonstrate comprehension of short narratives by retelling (e.g. Deaf Fables, short stories).
  2. Follow complex directions.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of complex questions, including conditional questions.
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of complex ASL syntax by spontaneously using more complex syntax.
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of more complex descriptions of tings by asking questions about these topics.
  6. Demonstrate fingerspelled word recognition
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of main ideas.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to recognize levels of register and understand their significance.

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


  1. Identify the ASL parameters in all areas such as handshapes, palm orientations, locations, and movements (e.g. Headache, hurt).
  2. Identify how a variety of degrees can change inflections (e.g. Beautiful-really, Beautiful - not really).
  3. Use of complex non-manual markers in ASL dialogues ( (e.g. Cha, cs, cond, intense, mm, neg, nod, pah, pow, puffed cheeks, pursed lips, questions, relative clauses, rhetorical questions, sta, t, th, tight lips).
  4. Use of incorporation of number and appropriate passive hand as reference point.
  5. Use of “regular” inflection.
  6. Use numeral handshapes with location, movement and orientation of signs in money.
  7. Use of reflect and use plural verbs that are often in agreement with plural nouns.
  8. Use conditionals with the ending in either a sentence or question.

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

Students will learn about many varied products of Deaf Culture, such as ASL poetry, ASL narrations, art made by Deaf people, and videos of ASL literature.

  1. Analyze the contributions of Deaf Scientist and scholars to science, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, etc.
  2. Analyze and reflect on expressive products of Deaf Culture, such as stories, poetry, literature and explore the ways in which these products represent the lifestyles and perspectives of Deaf people.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of Deaf heritage and identify major historical 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 Family and Occupations

  1. Explaining relationships - possessive pronouns
  2. Asking/Telling how long
  3. Asking/Telling how old
  4. Wh-questions: HOW OLD
  5. Listing principle, ranking family members
  6. Dual personal pronouns
  7. Age numbers

Attributing Qualities to others

  1. Contradicting opinions: BUT
  2. One - character role shifting
  3. Contrastive structure

Talking About Routines

  1. Solving conflicts
  2. Telling what Time
  3. Temporal sequencing
  4. Time signs: frequency
  5. Clock numbers
  6. Wh-questions: WHEN

Locating things around the House

  1. Give reason - topic comment structure
  2. Make request ? weak hand as reference
  3. Ask where - locative classifiers
  4. Give specific locations - Yes/no questions
  5. Correct and confirm information
  6. Open conversations

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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