American Sign Language

Division: Language Arts

American Sign Language (ASL) instruction at COS prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of American Sign Language through the study of signing and interpreting, language, and deaf culture. We also offer an interpreting course to train students who are interested in becoming qualified interpreters for, as well as teachers of, the deaf.

Contact Information

Language Arts Division Chair

Joshua Geist | (559) 892-1689 | joshuag@cos.edu
Room: 60E | Hanford Campus

Dean of Arts and Letters

Marshall Fulbright | (559) 730-3735 | marshallf@cos.edu
Tule: 550 | Visalia Campus

ASL 001 Beg Amer Sign Lang 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
This course is a study of fundamentals of American Sign Language. Students will learn the basics of visual/gestural communication and grammatical structures with emphasis on receptive and expressive skills, including intensive practice, finger spelling, individual evaluation, and basic information about Deaf culture.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
ASL 002 Elem Amer Sign Lang 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
ASL 2 is the second course in a four-course series. Emphasis will be on increasing vocabulary, developing everyday conversational skills, expressing considerably more complicated needs and ideas, and becoming more adept at functioning in the deaf community. Students will also begin translating written text into ASL.
Prerequisites: ASL 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ASL 003 Inter Amer Sign Lang 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
ASL 3 is the third course in a four-course series. Students learn to communicate at an intermediate level. Emphasis is on expanding conversation adeptly and comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the deaf community.
Prerequisites: ASL 002 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ASL 004 Advanced Amer Sign Lang 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
ASL 4 is the final course in this four-course series. Emphasis is placed on fluency in functional conversational skills in cultural context. Morphology and grammar of American Sign Language will be explored in depth.
Prerequisites: ASL 003 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ASL 110 Sign Language Interpreting 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ASL 110AD
Introduction to the profession of sign language interpretation, emphasizing a professional code of ethics applied to real situations. Advanced techniques will include legal, medical, educational, mental health, religious, and deaf/blind interpreting.
Prerequisites: ASL 002 or equivalent college course with "C" or better