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SIGN-101-67877 - American Sign Language I - Jared Perez-DeBusk

Course:American Sign Language I
Professor:Jared Perez-DeBusk
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Dear Students,

Welcome to the Deaf World! My name is Jared Perez-DeBusk but you can call me Jared. I was born Deaf and American Sign Language (ASL) is my first language, which means I have been teaching ASL since I was a child. In class, I will share my authentic experience as a Deaf person with you. This is why I believe this is a great opportunity to learn ASL from a professor who can teach firsthand. I'm excited to teach and work with you all!


Welcome to ASL 101. Waving Hands!


Course Description

Course Details: 101, section 67877. ASL 101 is a 4 unit course and a 8-week dual enrollment synchronous course. The course starts on Tuesday, June 14th, to Tuesday, August 4th, and it will be available to review on Sunday, June 12th at 12 AM. We will meet on Zoom from 8:00 AM to 10:50 AM.

Course Description: The study of American Sign Language (ASL) is designed to increase the student’s proficiency in intermediate ASL communication skills, emphasizing comprehension skills, emphasizing conversational skills, cultural awareness, grammatical features, and vocabulary development. Field assignments required.


Course Outline:

Unit 1: Introducing Oneself

Unit 2: Exchanging Personal Information

Unit 3: Talking about Where You Live

Unit 4: Talking about Family

Unit 5: Talking about Everyday Activities

Unit 6: Storytelling

What to Expect in this Course

Course Objectives:

  • Construct structures in American Sign Language utilize conditionals, complex temporal markers, numbers, role shifting, spatial referencing, temporal sequencing, plain verbs, spatial verbs, inflecting verbs, contrastive structure, descriptive and locative classifiers.
  • Analyze appropriate and inappropriate social and cultural behaviors (leave-taking, interrupting conversations, opening conversations, handling auditory interruptions, describing people present and not present in the environment) in a polite, semi-formal register of American Sign Language.
  • Explore the history of the Deaf community and ASL.
  • Obtain exposure to targeted vocabulary items drawn from Signing Naturally Units 1-6 and its DVD.

Time Commitment: The course meets 11-12 hours per week over a 8-week semester, and you will be expected to spend about 12-15 hours per week to achieve the assignments. 

Required Resources:

  • Students are required to have access to a webcam and laptop/computer.
  • Smith, C., Lentz, E., & Mikos, K. (2008). Signing Naturally: Student workbook Level One (Units 1 – 6). Berkeley, CA: Dawn Sign Press. The DVD's are in back of the textbook.

Types of Assessments

Discussion Questions: Students must participate in a weekly discussion question by posting a new thread about the question or topic posted and responding to at least one other student. Full credit will be given for a substantial response of 50 words or more, both for your original post and your response to a peer (100 words of total).

Video Assignments: Students are required to do a 2-3 minute video assignment for each unit by uploading a video on GoReact about the question or topic posted. Please attach your transcript in the comment box.

Video Project Assignment: Students are required to do a 3-5 minute storytelling video assignment after Unit 6. Upload a video on GoReact. Please attach your transcript in the comment box.

Quizzes and Examinations: There are 6 quizzes and 1 final examination taken online during the semester. Each quiz/examination covers units the students have previously viewed.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information:

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 06/02/2022 Sub#: 1384