American Sign Language 1 (ASL 1)
Instructor: Terri Chatsinchai
Course Title: American Sign Language 1 Upper aka ASL1U
Course Length: Two Semester
Tuition fee: payable to the teacher: $70 for 5 or more students – max 20, $75 for 4 students, $80 for 3 students
Credit Classification: Foreign Language year 1
Materials Fee: $10 onetime fee only
Book Fee: $85 plus shipping and handling. It may be lower if I can get a group discount. In either case, I will be ordering the books. Payment for the books will be due the first day of class.
Prerequisite: I encourage a personal desire to learn ASL.
Questions: Email Terri firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put ASL1 in the subject line to be sure I won’t accidentally delete it) or you can call me at 408 448-2630 (H) or text me 408 458-0114 (C). It is easier and faster to reach me by texting my cell phone.
Course Description: ASL1U, will build on vocabulary and grammar skills along with working on expressive and receptive conversational skills. Deaf culture and deaf community information will be studied. The use of modeling, conversation, and classroom activities are included.
Recommended Grades: This course is for 8-12 grade students who truly desire to learn ASL. If a 7th grader has a strong desire to learn ASL, s/he is welcome to try it.
Class Expectations: Attendance and punctuality are extremely important. Students need to keep their phones, iPads, tablets, computer, and other media devices tucked away. This is a visual class. Voice will be used as necessary. Students should be able to be attentive and participate in the conversations and activities. Our faces are a part of the grammar and eating or chewing something changes the expression and causes us to have a harder time reading people’s face. So, please no food or gum during class.
Assessment: Parents involvement in discussion and evaluation of students’ work will occur from time to time and is a priority to keep the class in sync.
Workload: Homework will be assigned almost weekly to help strengthen their conversation foundation in ASL. I will request a No Voice Lab (NVL) twice per semester (can be done during lunch at Heart Academy – this will be explained during the first class and information sent through email) or attend a deaf event in place of each NVL. Both the NVL and the deaf events will require a report. Periodic quizzes/tests will be given including fingerspelling, vocabulary, and grammar. Each student will be expected to take a story that is presented in the study (Unit 6) and modify it to their creativity in ASL as part of their final exam at the end of the year. Also, students will be required to read one book along with a written report about a deaf person, family, or coda (child of deaf adult). It can be fictional or non-fictional.
Grading/Assessment: Each student will be evaluated based on their participation, quizzes/tests and the described assignments stated above.
Curriculum: Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6, Smith, Lentz, and Mikos, https://www.dawnsign.com/series/details/signing-naturally-units-1-6