ASL-232: Intermediate American Sign Language II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
American Sign Language
Academic Level
Course Subject
American Sign Language
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate 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-231 or in three years of high school American Sign Language, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Follows ASL-231 and is the second of two intermediate-level American Sign Language (ASL) courses focusing on communication in a cultural context. Further develops knowledge of fingerspelling, vocabulary and grammatical structures, and expands visual receptive and gestural expressive skills in order to comprehend and express a wide range of ideas in ASL.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ASL-232 is designed to enable students to reach the Intermediate-Mid 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. Core vocabulary (approximately 1200 signs)
  2. Fingerspelling and numbering
  3. Facial expressions, body language, and non-manual signals
  4. Grammar
  5. Conversation
  6. Narration
  7. Translation
  8. Interpretation and reception skills
  9. Idioms, colloquialisms, and local variations of American Sign Language
  10. Deaf events
  11. Deaf history and culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify and use approximately 1200 signs
  2. Demonstrate increased fluency and accuracy in fingerspelling and numbering
  3. Use appropriate facial expressions, body language, and non-manual signals (hand-shape, orientation, movement, and location) in American Sign Language (ASL)
  4. Demonstrate significant grammatical structures in English and ASL, including: time indicators, questions, classifiers, locatives, negation, and pluralization
  5. Demonstrate the ability to converse in ASL at an everyday conversational level
  6. Integrate skills in discourse styles and structures, and apply the concept of contextualization to narratives
  7. Demonstrate the ability to translate ASL into English text
  8. Interpret receptive skills from signed videos and ASL exams into linguistically and grammatically correct English
  9. Recognize and express idiomatic expressions, colloquial signs and local variations in ASL
  10. Demonstrate understanding of social interaction patterns within the ASL and Deaf culture(s) through participation in cultural activities within and beyond the school setting
  11. Analyze and discuss the history, lifestyles, and traditions of the diverse cultures that make up the Deaf world
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