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SIGN 104 - American Sign Language IV - Lisa McNicoll

Course:American Sign Language IV
Professor:Lisa McNicoll
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to SIGN 104!  My name is Lisa McNicoll and I am your instructor for this course.  I have been signing since I was two years old. I have been teaching ASL since 2005 and I love teaching it! I am excited to continue on this journey with you.

Course Description

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-gestural-spatial language used by the majority of Deaf individuals in the United States and Canada.  ASL is not signed English; rather it has its own syntax and grammatical structure different from English. By enrolling in SIGN 104, you will continue to develop and gain more understanding of ASL grammar and work on your ASL expressive and receptive skills with interactive activities and assignments.  It will be a fun course for you and you will improve so much from the start of semester until end of semester.

What to Expect in this Course

We will be meeting synchronously twice weekly and you will need a good working webcam and good internet.  You will have in class and outside of class assignments to reinforce what is taught in this course and to help you work on your skills.  You will also gain more knowledge about Deaf Culture.

Types of Assessments

This class is OnLive, so therefore, you will have online quizzes/tests to be taken during class time on CANVAS or another platform, expressive or receptive signed assignments and presentations done during class time or outside of class time, discussion boards, and a written/signed assignment on Deaf culture/ASL events you attend outside of class.

Textbook Information


We will be using activities and videos from this book

Smith, C., Lentz, E., and Mikos, K.
Signing Naturally: Student Workbook & DVD, Level 3
Dawn Sign Press, 2001        ISBN-1-58121-036-1

The book comes with a DVD, but the book publisher DAWNSIGNPRESS  now offers 12-month free access codes for the video library 


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:

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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: 01/08/2022 Sub#: 1218