Division: Language & Communication Studies
American Sign Language (ASL) instruction at College of the Sequoias prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of ASL which includes career pathways in interpreting, social services and teaching. We also offer an introduction to sign language interpreting course to prepare students who are interested in becoming interpreters.
Language and Communication Studies Division Chair
Cynthia Johnson | (559) 730-3966 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaweah: 251C | Visalia Campus
Dean of Language and Communication Studies/Educational Support Services
Angela Sanchez | (559) 737-5362 | email@example.com
Lodgepole: 126 | Visalia Campus
For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES
ASL 001 American Sign Language 1
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.
ASL 002 American Sign Language 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.
ASL 003 American Sign Language 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.
ASL 004 American Sign Language 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.
ASL 005 Deaf Culture
This course will provide an introduction of Deaf Culture where students learn a wide array of historical milestones that shaped the belief system, behavioral norms, and perspectives. Students will critically discuss, analyze, and demonstrate understanding about cultural values, traditions, rules of interaction, language, identity, and history of the American Deaf culture.
ASL 006 Deaf Literature
This course introduces American Sign Language (ASL) literature genres such as folklore and folktales, storytelling, visual vernacular sign language (ASL), personification, classifier story, poetry, ABC and number stories and non-fiction narrative. Topics include analyzing and applying ASL usage in ASL literature genres and media.
ASL 110 Introduction to American Sign Language Interpreting
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.
American Sign Language
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno