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Topic: American Sign Language Course Proposal

Below is a list of topics or items that you should consider while developing your proposal for your local school program.


ASL Course Proposal
Date Submitted:

1. What Organization and Department will host this course?
Department and Contact Information
Organization title:
Department Title:
Department Director or contact person:

2. Course Information
Full Title:
Abbreviated Title:
Course Number:
Is instructor permission required for registration?
Are the credit hours variable?
Credit Hours:
Grading Method: (Letter grade vs Credit / No Credit)
Delivery Method: Class Lecture / online / hybrid / lab /
Total Clock Hours:


Course Description:

3. Justification
How will this course will strengthen the program?

Why is this course necessary?
Does this course lead to certification?
How does this course fit into the larger training program?
What specific area of knowledge is covered by this course which is not covered by existing courses?
What is the need or demand for this course?
Is this course is part of a required sequence for a major or minor degree?
What other programs would this course service?
How many students will take this course per year?
Has this course been offered previously as an experimental course?
How frequently will the course be offered?
What is the anticipated enrollment?
If this course is added will it replace some other course?
What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course?
Minimum qualifications for the instructor:
Desired qualifications for the instructor:

4. Additional Course Information

A. Objectives / Outcomes:
Students will be taught:
1. The following advanced ASL features: Fingerspelling,
Numbering, Classifiers, Facial Expression, Use of space, Sentence Structure, and
Vocabulary Development
2. The concepts of summarizing and paraphrasing and when to
use them within their receptive interpretation.
3. Techniques for improving their shortterm
memory as it relates to the receptive interpreting process.
4. How to identify the
main idea of a signed text as well as the supporting details.

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of and competence in the following ASL features:
Facial Expression
Use of space
Sentence Structure
Classifiers [basic]
Vocabulary Development [commensurate with course level]

2. Demonstrate techniques for:
Culturally appropriate conversation management
Getting attention
Initiating a conversation
Asking for repetition
Seeking clarification
Asking basic questions
Identifying and referring to subjects
Responding to questions
Concluding a conversation

B. Major Topics

C. Textbooks or materials:

5. Syllabus:




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