Visual Gest Comm Tech I (ASL-102)
A skill development course of the visual-gestural aspects of communication, which are an integral part of American Sign Language. Emphasis will be on visual and kinetic readiness via visual-gestural communication techniques, visual discrimination and memory exercises; also kinetic movements and exercises of body, face, arms and hands and their relationship to space. Spatialization and its relationship to the signer's perspective will be developed through exercises. Emphasis will be on mastering visual and kinetic skills related to visual-gestural communication and on non-manual behaviors of American Sign Language. Students will do survey and/or research of similarities and differences between American Deaf Culture visual-gestural/non-manual aspects. Prerequisite: Students whose records and tests indicate the need for review in the fundamentals of language will be assigned to Communication skills courses. Students placed in English 098-099 and English 088-089 must demonstrate college level competence before enrolling in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Program and Interpreting Program. Corequisite: ASL 101. 1 lecture hour and 2 laboratory hours per week. 2 credit hours.