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Modern Languages - American Sign Language (ASL)

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATE IN ARTS

The American Sign Language (ASL) Program at Cerritos College is an interdisciplinary program that fosters an awareness of the Deaf community and cultural awareness. The program consist of study goals that takes students with little or no knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture and provides them with the skills needed to communicate comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community.

Core Requirements: 19 Units

ASL 110 ASL 111 ASL 210 ASL 211 ASL 220

American Sign Language I 4.0 American Sign Language II 4.0 American Sign Language III 4.0 American Sign Language IV 4.0 Deaf Culture 3.0

Total Degree Requirements: 19.0

Check out the following information about the classes that we offer, and how you can contact us.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements:

Meet the requirements above and complete General Education courses to achieve a minimum of 60 units.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (Liberal Arts Division)

ASL 110 - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 4.0 UNITS
Class hours: 4.0 Lecture/1.0 Laboratory. This beginning course is designed for students who wish to develop technical and grammatical knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). This course is taught within the context of deaf culture, students will increase their ability to communicate in ASL. This course focuses on ASL structure and grammatical features as used by native signers. The goal is to take students with little or no knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture and provide them with the skills needed to communicate comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community. This course is not open or available to students who have received credit in SL 101.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

ASL 111 - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II 4.0 UNITS
Class hours: 4.0 Lecture/1.0 Laboratory Prerequisite: SL 101 or ASL 110 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or higher or "Pass". American Sign Language II takes students who have some knowledge of basic and beginning sign language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community. Since students will most likely continue their learning in the Deaf community, it is essential that they learn appropriate behaviors and show awareness of, and respect for Deaf culture. Deaf culture is taught throughout the curriculum using total immersion of American Sign Language. This course uses multimedia presentations, activities, and exercised practice using American Sign Language. This course is not open to students who have received credit in SL 102.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

ASL 210 - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III 4.0 UNITS
Class hours: 4.0 Lecture/1.0 Laboratory Prerequisite: SL 102 or ASL 111 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or higher of "Pass". American Sign Language (ASL) III takes students who have knowledge of basic and intermediate sign language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf Community. Since students will most likely continue their learning in the Deaf community, it is essential that they learn appropriate behaviors and showing awareness of and respect for Deaf culture. Deaf culture is taught throughout the curriculum. This course uses multimedia presentations, activities, and exercises for advanced practice using American Sign Language. The course will provide students with cultural information and current linguistic research. This course is not open to students who have received credit in SL 201.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

ASL 211 - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV 4.0 UNITS
Class hours: 4.0 Lecture/1.0 Laboratory Prerequisite: SL 201 or ASL 210 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or higher of "Pass". This fourth level of American Sign Language (ASL) course continues the study of ASL with the context of Deaf culture. This course will emphasize the acquisition of advanced conversational and narrative skills in receptive, expressive to develop language fluency at the advanced level. This course provides the expanded review of ASL grammar and vocabulary necessary to acquire these skills. Students will also be introduced to the syntactical structure, grammatical patterns, and current linguistic research through lectures, homework assignments, and reading assignments.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

ASL 220 - DEAF CULTURE 3.0 UNITS
This course provides a broad, in-depth exploration of how Deaf people are best understood from a cultural perspective, with topics on how culture is defined, how Deaf culture has evolved over the years, analysis of various segments of the Deaf community, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf art and literature and living as Deaf individuals.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

For more information about the sign language program, contact:

Edward Kelly
ASL Full-time Instructor
(562) 653-4233 Video Phone
ekelly@cerritos.edu

OR

Froylán Cabuto
Modern Language Department Chair
(562) 860-2451 Ext: 2825
fcabuto@cerritos.edu

VERIFICATION OF COMPLETION

DIVISION/DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS (UNITS)
ASL 110 American Sign Language I (4 Units)
ASL 111 American Sign Language II (4 Units)
ASL 210 American Sign Language III (4 Units)
ASL 211 American Sign Language IV (4 Units)
TOTAL VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 16 Units
Although many of these courses are transferable, this Verification of Completion is nontransferable. Please see counselors or the respective department for additional alternatives.

Interpreting and Other Communication Services

The Disabled Student Programs and Services offers help with:

  • American Sign Language interpreting
  • Real time captioning
  • Communication Services between Staff and Faculty
  • Provide and checkout assistive listening devices
  • Assist Deaf & Hard of Hearing students with priority registration

For more information about these services, contact:

Steven La Vigne, Ed.D.
Dean of the Disabled Student Programs and Services Division
E-mail: slavigne@cerritos.edu
Ext: 2334
http://www.cerritos.edu/dsps/

 

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