SIGN 101 - American Sign Language 1 - Wendy Wiewel
|Course:||American Sign Language 1|
I have been teaching American Sign Language 1 (SIGN 101) since 2015 at College of the Canyons. I’ve also been teaching Deaf Preschool/TK/Kindergarten students since 1999. I do have some hearing students in my TK/Kindergarten class. They have either Deaf siblings or Deaf parents. I love having hearing students in my class so they can sign to communicate with their Deaf siblings at home. I am Deaf and I grew up with a family who do not sign which is why having hearing students in my class is so important to me. When I first started teaching ASL/SIGN 101 at College of the Canyons, I realized how passionate I am teaching my hearing students ASL just as much as I love having my hearing TK/Kindergarten students in my class.
A fundamental study of American Sign Language (ASL) whereby students develop expressive and receptive language skills through the learning of basic vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness.
What to Expect in this Course
Throughout this summer session, you will be asked to do your assignments online on both Canvas and GoReact. You will also be assigned other assignments such as two essays, storytelling presentation and interview. These assignments will be assigned on Canvas in the Announcements. Please read the Announcements on the day of your classes: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please pay attention to the due dates. Turn in all of your assignments on time.
This class meets virtually beginning Tuesday, June 14th through Thursday, August 4th. This class will require an average of 9 hours per week: reading materials, watching videos, doing assignments on both Canvas & GoReact, completing quizzes, exams, doing projects such as storytelling & participating in Zoom classes. We will meet online via Zoom during our class times. This course is accessed via Canvas on the first day.
Types of Assessments
It would be a good idea to make sure that you have reliable and consistent internet access with an up-to-date version of an Internet browser. In case of technical problems with your computer, you might choose to make use of the computer labs on COC’s campus.
Students are required to regularly participate online via ConferZoom. They will be asked to answer questions. Students are required to work on their assignments, participate in some discussion groups, and watch some online lectures & films on Canvas. Students will be assigned to do their video assignments, quizzes and exams on GoReact.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The required book for the semester is:
Smith, C., Lentz, E., and Mikos, K. Signing Naturally: Student Workbook & DVD, Units 1-6 Dawn Sign Press, 2008.
To order your textbook, you can either follow the link in your MyCanyons account under the Admissions and Records Tab or you can order directly through this website coc.bncollege.com (click on the “Textbooks”). They offer free shipping.
Why is your textbook required? This curriculum parallels what we know about language development and second language learning. We focus on introducing language in context and reinforcing what is learned by engaging you into various interactive activities. A conversational curriculum requires you to be an active learner. You need to come prepared to sign with me and other classmates. Our classes are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) from the very first day. You are immersed in the language for at least 4 hours a week to maximize your language learning. I will use gestures, signs, drawings, and act out situations to get the point across and your job is to keep trying. This may sound daunting at first, but trust me, it works!
Other Relevant Course Information
Let me know if you have any additional questions about the class. Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 06/14/2022 Sub#: 1412