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SIGN 104 - American Sign Language IV - Patricia Ivankovic

Course:American Sign Language IV
Professor:Patricia Ivankovic
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Patricia Ivankovic

Hello Students!

Welcome to American Sign Language IV - SIGN 104 at the College of the Canyons.  This is an advanced level course in American Sign Language which is part of of the Interpreter Training Program (ITP).  Students who have completed SIGN 103 and do not plan on interpreting are more than welcome to enroll in this course to continue to build on their knowledge.  After all, sign language can come in handy in various fields and incorporated in your daily lives.  

I have taught SIGN 101, 102, 103, 104, SIGN 110 (American Deaf Culture) and SIGN 111 (Fingerspelling).   I enjoy teaching at each level and watching students grow through their journey of learning and using ASL.  I look forward to having you in class as you continue to build on your receptive and expressive sign skills.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this 16-week course will be meeting on Zoom.   Please read the section "What to Expect in this Course" carefully so you will know what to expect.

I look forward to seeing you at our class meeting on Zoom.   You will be receiving the Zoom invite from me prior to the first class so be sure to look for an email.

Course Description

Course Description:  An advanced study of American Sign Language (ASL) whereby students develop expressive and receptive language skills with an emphasis placed on fluency and refinement of complex vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness.  Students gain a greater ability to utilize various verb types, temporal markers, adverbial and adjectival structures.  Virtual (via Zoom) field assignments will be required.

Student Learning Outcomes for SIGN 104:  Demonstrate advanced control over grammar, vocabulary, and expressions used in everyday American Sign Language conversations.

What to Expect in this Course

This class will meet virtually/synchronously.  You can expect to spend an average of four hours a week between reading materials, reviewing videos, and completing homework assignments, taking quizzes and completing projects and interactive dialogues on Zoom, GoReact and CANVAS.   You will be expected to be an active participant during our virtual meetings on Zoom where live online lectures will be conducted.   In order to be an active participant in this course, the following is required:  adequate internet connection, a webcam, and good lighting where you can be seen clearly since this is a visual language course.    Please note: if you do not have access to a webcam or device with a video or a computer, please contact COC for assistance in obtaining an laptop so you can access the course.  It will be impossible to take this course without the items stated above. 

Types of Assessments

There will be unit quizzes, exams, projects and participation in virtual Deaf Events. Assessments will be conducted via Zoom, GoReact, and Canvas.

Textbook Information

Required Text: Smith, C., Lentz, E., and Mikos, K.
Signing Naturally: Student Workbook &
DVD, Level IIl
Dawn Sign Press, 2001
ISBN: 978-1-58121-135-1

Required Software: GoReact
Visit and search for this course under my name (Patricia Ivankovic) and the course number and section number.

You need to have the textbook by the end of the first week of class.   While the publisher, Dawn Sign Press has a video library for you to access various videos and worth looking into if you want the online format, the textbook has a lot of printed information that you will need to access. Therefore, I highly encourage you to purchase the textbook for this course. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Because this class is a remote/distance learning course, it requires commitment and personal responsibility on the part of students. To succeed this class, you must be disciplined and keep up with the work. You also need to have continual access to a computer with internet access. Otherwise, you will not be able to reliably participate in this class. In this class students will be required to access the class website on a regular and frequent basis. Online classes are not easy. If navigating the internet and computers in general is difficult for you, this might not be your type of class.

Failure to show up via Zoom on the first day of this class will result in you being dropped from this class (No-Show Policy). This drop is mandatory for me to do according to Title 5 standards. Wait-listed students will then be added to fill any vacant positions in enrollment.

One other note:  Please feel free to call me by my first name, Patty.  In the Deaf Culture, using a person's first name is totally acceptable.  (My birth name is Patricia, which I like, but people in the community know me as Patty.)    Also, if you are looking for information, including my email address, I'm often required to use my full name so you may need to use Patricia.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at:

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)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 927