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Syllabus  DRAFT: This syllabus will be updated sometime in May of 2013.  Currently it is just a sample from 2011

American Sign Language Summer Immersion 2011
College of Continuing Education, California State University Sacramento

You will need a  SacLink account: 
SacLink is the Sacramento State universal authentication, email, and Internet access mechanism available to all CSUS students: https://www.saclink.csus.edu/saclink/

Course Title:
EDS 53 (Section 50) "American Sign Language 3" (4 units)

Dates June 3rd through June 25th, 2011
Fridays 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am to 3:00pm -- plus 24 online hours

Room:  The classroom location (room number) will be posted in the lobby of Napa Hall on the morning of the first class.

Lead Instructor / Immersion Director:  William G. Vicars Ed.D.
Email:  BillVicars@aol.com 
Course homepage:  Lifeprint.com/immersion2011
Office:  Eureka 308, CSUS campus -- Summer Office Hours: by appointment.
California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6079

Program Coordinator: For matters concerning billing, payment, housing, or registration you should contact the CCE Program Coordinator:
Liz Arellanes  (arellanl@cce.csus.edu) College of Continuing Education, California State University, Sacramento, Napa Hall
3000 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819-6103, (916)278-6249 www.cce.csus.edu

Course description:
EDS 53 "ASL Level 3" Students will expand their communicative repertoire developed in level 2 to talk about people and places in a contextually-reduced framework.  Students will learn how to describe places, objects, and events.  Students will also develop basic narrative skills to tell about past events.  Through in-class discussions / demonstrations, and course readings, students will be exposed to elements of the Deaf community and culture.

Materials:
●  Signing Naturally Level 2 Student DVD and Workbook Price: $69.95 (+S&H) 
[Yes, that is right, the Level 2 text is used for ASL 3 at Sac State.  It is the textbook that covers units 13 through 17.] 
You are encouraged to order this text prior to the first night of class. See ordering information at the materials link: "Materials" ►

●  The online portion of this program is designed to help free up the in-person time to focus on developing your interactive communication skills, your grammar, your facial expressions, and your cultural awareness.  The more "vocabulary" you learn online the more your in-person instructor can focus on interactive skill development.  The online work helps you become familiar with and recognize much of the vocabulary that will be used during the in-class sessions.  By investing time and effort online, you will be better prepared for class. The ASL 3 class will cover Units 13 through 17 of the Vista Signing Naturally curriculum.

Grading:
Your grade will be based on the percentage you earn. 
The letter grade scale is:  100-95%=A, 90 = A-, 87=B+, 83=B, 80=B-, 77=C+,73=C, 70=C-, 67=D+, 63=D, 60=D-, 59=F (no credit)

Quizzes = 600 points
Attendance = 200 points
Final Exam = 200 points

Study:
Use the links in the schedule below to take and submit your answers to the "online quizzes" according to the schedule below. 

Note: The quizzes for the online portion of the program are to be submitted via the college's online course management system at: http://online.csus.edu

First
:   Study the relevant pages in the Signing Naturally workbook.
Second:  Use the study guide I have provided for each of the units to help you figure out the vocabulary items in the workbook. (See the "Study" column in the table below.)
Third:  Watch the video quiz for that unit and record your answers (see the "Watch" and "Type" column table below).
Fourth: After you have your answers for the video quiz typed up, go to http://online.csus.edu and log into the EDS 53 course, click on the quiz for the unit you are working on. A popup window will appear with a multiple choice quiz for you to use to enter your answers.  The multiple choice quiz won't have any graphics, it is just a secure place to enter and submit the answers that you typed up while watching the video quiz for that unit.  To log in, you will need
a SacLink account.  SacLink is the Sacramento State universal authentication, email, and Internet access mechanism available to all students: https://www.saclink.csus.edu/saclink/
Repeat:  Do this for each of the unit quizzes: 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17

Need help figuring out the SacCT system?  See:  http://www.csus.edu/webct/student/handouts/sacct_students_qr_2up.pdf

Need more help?  Call the Student Support Desk at: (916) 278-7337 or email them at: servicedesk@csus.edu   

Remember: The 5 online quizzesare to be submitted via the SacCT system. Visit: http://online.csus.edu and log onto your EDS 53 (ASL 3) course. To log in, you will need a SacLink account.  SacLink is the Sacramento State universal authentication, email, and Internet access mechanism available to all students: https://www.saclink.csus.edu/saclink/

Quiz Schedule:

 

Read

Study

Self-Test MC

Self-Test

Submit

Date Due
1

"Signing Naturally" Level 2 workbook, Unit 13 Pages 1-33

Unit 13 Study Guide

Unit 13 Quiz

Numbers 1-129

Submit Quiz 13 

Thursday, June 9th
2

"Signing Naturally" Level 2 workbook, Unit 14 Pages 45-58

Unit 14 Study Guide

Unit 14 Quiz

Numbers 1-118

Submit Quiz 14 

Thursday June 16th
3

"Signing Naturally" Level 2 workbook, Unit 15 Pages 63-86

Unit 15 Study Guide

Unit 15 Quiz

Numbers 1-121

Submit Quiz 15 

Thursday June 16th
4

"Signing Naturally" Level 2 workbook, Unit 16 Pages 89-116

Unit 16 Study Guide

Unit 16 Quiz

Numbers 1-100

Submit Quiz 16 

Thursday June 23
5

"Signing Naturally" Level 2 workbook, Unit 17 Pages 131-145

Unit 17 Study Guide

Unit 17 Quiz

Numbers 1-134

 Submit Quiz 17

Saturday, June 25 (midnight)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The quiz links will be activated and sent to registered students who have paid their tuition.
 

The Final Exam will be on the last day of class.


No-Voicing Policy: 
The in-person session during August is a no-voice class.  During class time you should keep your voice off and not whisper nor rely on "exaggerated mouthing."  If  another student voices to you, you should respond as if you couldn't hear them and ask them (by signing) to communicate with you by signing or fingerspelling (or even writing on paper or the board).  Your instructor(s) can reduce your grade, require you to wear ear plugs, or drop you from class for participating in voicing either as a participating listener or the one using voice. 

Make-ups: 
No make-ups without an obituary of a close relative and a copy of the "program" from the service or note on the funeral home's stationary, or a note from your medical professional specifically stating that you were too sick to take the test, or from school administrator on school letterhead.  You are expected to attend if you want to get credit. Traffic, sickness not requiring a doctor's visit, family responsibilities, and so forth do not count as "excused absences." However, if you are required to miss a quiz in order to participate in  pre-approved University program non-optional school events such as being on an athletic team--show your instructor the letter from your coach and then send them an email for instructions on how to handle your testing.  Even if you do have an excused absence, your instructors reserve the right to either give you a different but equivalent test or to simply assign the percentage of your most recent equivalent test or a future test. It has been my experience in over 20 years of teaching thousands of students that the low performers always have an excuse. The good students head to school early so traffic isn't a problem, allow time to find a parking space in a distant lot and walk the rest of the way, pre-arrange babysitting and work schedules, have backup plans for transportation, have cold-medicine on the shelf in case they get sick, and/or do well enough on most of their assignments and tests that missing a single day, assignment, or test (for example: to go to a funeral) will not hurt their grade.  I encourage you to do the things good students do so you can get the grade that good students get.  Good students, don't oversleep or get drunk and miss class then show up later with some made up story about their relative dying.  If your relative did die, I'm sorry, (really I indeed DO extend my condolences). If I find out you have lied to me I will FAIL you for the course. Sure, that seems strict, and maybe I am, but that doesn't mean I'm not flexible and willing to work with honest, dedicated students.  If you know your child is going to have surgery and you will have to miss a test, contact your instructor ahead of time to see if you can work something out.

Ethics, Attendance, Disabilities, and Class Environment:  You may be dropped from class for checking your email during the in-person portion of the course class or accessing non-course-related websites during class. You may be dropped from class for using your voice or whispering during class.  Turn cell phones to vibrate or silent settings. Do not wear baseball caps during quizzes. No reading newspapers in class or other distracting behavior. No videotaping the lecture or bringing visitors or guests without permission. Students are always expected to work independently on graded quizzes and/or assignments unless specifically directed otherwise by the instructor. Assignments turned in late for any reason may receive no credit. For information on the University's policy regarding cheating and plagiarism, refer to the Schedule of Courses (Legal Notices on Cheating and Plagiarism) and the University Catalog (Policies and Regulations). Penalties for cheating, theft, or plagiarism may include receiving an F for a particular assignment, an F for the course, or expulsion from the university. Upon identifying themselves to the instructor and the university, students with documented disabilities who have notified the instructor prior to the beginning for coursework will receive reasonable accommodation for learning and evaluation. For more information, contact the office of Services to Students with Disabilities. Students are expected to be free from the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (other than under supervision of a medical professional).  Students may be asked to leave and/or dropped from class for disruptive, dangerous, or improper behavior. This syllabus and the schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check on announcements made while you were absent.    [My lawyer made me say all that.  Sorry.]

Pep talk:
You can do this.  I have near infinite patience. I love teaching and explaining.  If you have questions, ask in class or email me with your first and last name, the hour of your class, and the phrase "RESPONSE REQUESTED" in the subject line and I'll strive to get back to you within 48 hours.  If you think I've overlooked your email, feel free to send your question again--I won't feel bothered--rather I'll be grateful for the communication (sometimes email doesn’t arrive).  If there is something I can do to make the class better for you please do suggest it.  This class may be one of your more challenging accomplishments but I know if you work hard and put in the time--you will succeed.


Course messages and/or updates:

Check here occasionally for any new updates or messages.


A student writes:
Hi Dr. Bill,
After reading the syllabus, I just wanted to check:  I know the online study focuses on learning the vocabulary at the end of each unit.  Should we also watch the Signing Naturally DVD and do all the activities in the workbook? Thanks!  I've got the book and am looking forward to it.
--(student's name on file)
Dear _____,
The quizzes listed in the syllabus are a minimum standard for the online-study portion of the course. I strongly encourage you to watch the entire Signing Naturally DVD and do as many of the activities in the workbook as you can (preferably all), prior to the beginning of the program.  The more you watch the DVD and the more workbook activities you do -- the better prepared you will be for the in-person portion of the program.

*  Those of you who have the version of the workbooks that come with a videotape instead of a DVD -- there should not be a problem.  If needed during the in-person portion of the course you can request a TV and VHS player from the Napa Hall staff (via writing of course since you won't be using your voice in the building).
* If for some reason you haven't ordered your workbook yet see the "materials" link.
* I tend to get lots of email. You are my priority. To get top attention make sure you identify any correspondence by putting "Summer Immersion" and your name in the subject line.
* If you are receiving this email but you are no longer in the program, let me know and I'll update my email list.
Cordially,

Dr. Bill
________________________________________
William G. Vicars, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies
Faculty Director ASL Online and Immersion Programs
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6079
 

Course Details:
EDS 053  Section: 50
Title: American Sign Language 3
Enrollment Minimum 10  Maximum 25
Residence Credit: 4 units
6/3/2011 to 6/24/2011  Fridays 6 to 9 p.m.
6/4/2011 to 6/25/2011 Saturdays 9 to 3 p.m.
Location: Napa Hall (916) 278-6984
Term 2115 (Summer, 2011)
http://www.cce.csus.edu/catalog/course_detail.asp?master_id=5039&course_area=EDS&course_number=053&course_subtitle=00&group_number=277