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SIGN 102 - American Sign Language - Patty Ivankovic

Course:American Sign Language
Professor:Patty Ivankovic
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Patty Ivankovic

Hello!  I am excited share my language and culture with you as you continue your journey in developing fluency in American Sign Language.  Having completed your first semester of ASL, SIGN 102 will focus on additional structural concepts and vocabulary as you increase your receptive and expressive skills!  I look forward to having you in class.   

Course Description

Catalog Description:  Continuing study of American Sign Language (ASL) designed to increase the student’s proficiency in intermediate ASL communication skills with a continue emphasis on comprehension skills, conversational skills, cultural awareness, grammatical features and vocabulary development.  Field assignments required.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1.  Demonstrate basic, fundamental conversational skills in American Sign Language through the production of requests, suggestions, and complaints, talking about routines, exchanging information and describing locations in detail.
  2. Examine aspects of the Deaf community, its culture, the role that American Sign Language plays in the lives of Deaf people, cross-cultural communication strategies, history of Deaf America, high-context culture.

Course Objectives:

  1.  Construct structures in American Sign Language that utilize conditionals, complex temporal markers, numbers, role shifting, spatial referencing, temporal sequencing, plain verbs, spatial verbs, inflecting verbs, contrastive structure, descriptive and locative classifiers.
  2. 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.
  3. Relate course skills to real-world application through informal social interaction with members of the Deaf community.

What to Expect in this Course

This is an OnlineLive course which requires attendance via Zoom twice a week.  Students are expected to be present with their cameras on throughout the course.  A laptop with a working camera is required.

Weekly homework assignments will be completed on CANVAS and GoReact.  (Students will set up a GoReact account, at no cost, upon registering for the course.)

It is crucial that you purchase the required textbook which contains two DVD's OR go to and subscribe to the online video library ($24.99 for 6 months).   The downfall about the online video library subscription is that it will not contain the printed information in the text.

Types of Assessments

Students will be assessed through unit quizzes, exams, receptive and expressive assessments in addition to regular class assignments.

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Required Text:
Smith, C., Lentz, E., and Mikos, K.
Signing Naturally: Student Workbook & Video (Units 7 - 12)
Dawn Sign Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-58121-221-1

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1119