ASL-132: Elementary American Sign Language II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
American Sign Language
Academic Level
Course Subject
American Sign Language
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary American Sign Language II
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A grade of C or better in ASL-131 or in one year of high school American Sign Language, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Further builds American Sign Language (ASL) skills, focusing on communication in a cultural context. Expands students' knowledge of fingerspelling, vocabulary and grammatical structures, and the development of visual receptive and gestural expressive skills in order to comprehend and express everyday ideas in ASL.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ASL-132 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice-High level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Core Course Topics
  1. Vocabulary (a core vocabulary of approximately 800 signs)
  2. Fingerspelling
  3. Numbers
  4. Facial expressions/body language
  5. Grammar/conversation: size/shape/location; pronouns; descriptive classifiers; contrastive structures; inflected verbs, negation; questions; commands; responses
  6. Communication strategies: making introductions; getting attention; negotiating a signing environment
  7. Narration
  8. Deaf history/culture
  9. Technology
  10. Interpreting
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and use approximately 800 signs
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the manual alphabet, with appropriate fingerspelling conventions, when fingerspelling at a normal rate of speed within a conversational context
  3. Use ordinal numbers and numbers for age and time
  4. Use appropriate facial expressions/body language
  5. Perform complex visual-spatial tasks related to size, shape, and locations; use personal and possessive pronouns, descriptive classifiers, contrastive structures, inflected verbs and negation correctly; respond to simple commands and questions using correct ASL syntax, usage, and conventions
  6. Demonstrate comprehension and production of regulating behaviors (making introductions, getting attention, negotiating a signing environment)
  7. Narrate in ASL the events of a brief story
  8. Analyze and discuss the history, lifestyles, and traditions of the diverse cultures that make up the Deaf World
  9. Use appropriate technology for/within the Deaf community (camera, recorders, videophones, etc.)
  10. Explain the interpreter's role and responsibilities and the interpreting process
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferrable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral/receptive-expressive exam(s)
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2024
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2024