This course intensifies sign vocabulary. Students use familiar signs and learn the differences in meaning through the use of non-manual gestures. Students will be able to engage in full conversations using the nature context of American Sign Language.
In this course attention is given to the proper syntax and basic grammatical constructs. Over 500 signs will be used in this course enabling the student to express basic ideas. Non-verbal and pantomime will be emphasized.
Students explore, analyze and perform American Sign Language Classifiers. Classifiers are used to show movement, location and appearance. Emphasis is placed on the purpose, use of space, developing and demonstrating classifiers using appropriate handshapes, as well as the use of proper non-manual markers.
This course will develop skill in expressive and receptive fingerspelling and numbers with emphasis on the proper form and use of the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will fingerspell fluently, accurately, and concisely.