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Course Descriptions

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)
 

ASL 48UA-ZZ,5-9 Units

Selected Topics in American Sign Language

0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: CSU

See section on Selected Topics.

 

ASL 49, .5-5 Units

Independent Study in American Sign Language

(GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: CSU

See section on Independent Study.

 

Please note the following for the language skills courses—

ASL 50, ASL 51, ASL 52, and ASL 53: Two units of credit for Module A will be granted based on students’ demonstrated ability to use formal aspects of the language specifically taught throughout the course. Two units of credit for Module B will be granted based on students’ demonstrated ability to interact effectively, manage conversations, and function appropriately in the culture of the Deaf.

 

ASL 50, 4 Units

American Sign Language I

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ASL 50A is prerequisite to 50B

Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 50A-50B). Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level. Course is equivalent to two years of high school study. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Introduction to American Sign Language: Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf culture.

 

ASL 51, 4 Units

American Sign Language II

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite for ASL 51 or 51A: ASL 50 or 50B. ASL 51A is prerequisite to 51B. Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 51A-51B). Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Continuation of American Sign Language: Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf Culture.

 

ASL 52, 4 Units

American Sign Language III

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite for ASL 52 or 52A: ASL 51 or 51B. ASL 52A is prerequisite to ASL 52B. Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 52A-52B). Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Continuation of American Sign Language: Expanded study of sign language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community.

 

ASL 53, 4 Units

American Sign Language IV

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite for ASL 53 or 53A: ASL 52 or 52B. ASL 53A is prerequisite to ASL 53B. Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 53A-50B). Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Continuation of American Sign Language: Expanded study of sign language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community.

 

ASL 55A, 3 Units

History and Culture of Deaf People in America I

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP) Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Historical and cultural overview of the American Deaf community and its language (ASL): Anthropological and sociological theories including discussion of the relationship of language and culturally-determined behaviors; examination of the relationship of American Sign Language to the history of the American Deaf community.

 

ASL 55B, 3 Units

History and Culture of Deaf People in America II

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 51 or 51B, and 55A.

Course is taught in American Sign Language. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU.

Continuation of ASL 55A: History, values, and identity as a cultural group as opposed to disabled; analysis of effects of pathological views and actions on Deaf people; educational issues; ASL literature and written literature by Deaf people.

 

ASL 57, 3 Units

Structure of American Sign Language

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 51 or 51B, Course is taught in American Sign Language. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU.

Historical view of changing social attitudes towards American Sign Language: Phonological, morphological, syntactical parts of ASL; and discussion of other social issues around use of ASL.

 

ASL 200A, 2 Units

Classifiers I

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50A. Corequisite: ASL 50B

Introduction to the visual-gestural aspects of American Sign Language classifiers.

 

ASL 200B, 2 Units

Classifiers II

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ASL 51 or 51B

Study of classifier types and functions in American Sign Language: Identification of various classifiers and their use to enhance and expand storytelling abilities.

 

ASL 202A, 1 Unit

Fingerspelling and Numbers I

.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50A. Corequisite: ASL 50B

Introduction to numerical and fingerspelling systems in American Sign Language.

 

ASL 202B, 1 Unit

Fingerspelling and Numbers II

.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ASL 51 or 51B

Advanced systematic practice in numerical and fingerspelling skills in ASL.

 

ASL 203, .5 Units

Deaf Cultural Expression: Art/Performance

.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

Day-long forum on deaf cultural expression: Presentations on Deaf art, history, literature, theater, television, and/or poetry; poetry performances and/or theatrical presentations also included.

 

ASL 209A, 3 Units

American Sign Language Seminar I

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 53 or 53B; and ASL 57; and ASL 200

In-depth discussion of events and issues of interest to students and the Deaf community: Reinforces knowledge of grammar, expands vocabulary, and increases fluency.

 

ASL 209B, 3 Units

American Sign Language Seminar II

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 209A

Continuation of ASL 209A: Discussion of films, videotapes, plays, deaf plays, and deaf short stories.

 

ASL 210

Introduction to Interpreting I

3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

Recommended preparation: ASL 53 or 53B; and 57 and 200

Beginning-level interpreter training: Goals and objectives of being an interpreter, interpreting as a profession, dynamics of the interpreter’s role, and survey of the labor market.

 

ASL 211, 3 Units

Introduction to Interpreting II

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 210

Continuation of ASL 210: Comparison of organizational and structural properties of ASL and ENGLish; emphasis on translations.

 

ASL 212, 3 Units

Introduction to Interpreting III

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ASL 211

Continuation of ASL 211: Effective communication with persons functioning at various levels of competence with sign language.

 

ASL 248UA-ZZ, .5-9 Units

Selected Topics in American Sign Language

0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)

See section on Selected Topics.

 

ASL 464, 1-2 Units

Occupational Work Experience in American Sign Language

Hours to be arranged (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ASL 52 or 52B. Acceptable for credit: CSU

Supervised field experience in American Sign Language: Extension of classroom-based learning at an on-the-job or community location to facilitate development of ASL skills and to provide exposure to Deaf culture
 
(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

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