In this course students will build upon the skills that were taught in American Sign Language I and continue to increase their ability to comprehend and respond with increasing accuracy to expressive American Sign Language (ASL). ASL II provides basic instruction in production and comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar, and eventually leads to increased communicative and cultural proficiency in ASL. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of expressive and receptive skills. The culture, history, current events, and traditions of the deaf community are introduced on the appropriate level through selected readings, visual recordings, and other authentic materials. Students will be able to converse with another student or individuals within the deaf community, with emphasis on appropriate language used in common communication settings.
This course aligns with the Virginia Department of Education’s Framework for Instruction in American Sign Language in Virginia’s Public Schools.