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    May 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Unlike most Hampshire courses, there are tests given, and a required textbook to be bought. However, the class allows for you to learn a language through immersion, as the entire class is in sign language without an interpreter - this sounds daunting, but don't let it deter you from taking the class! I actually preferred it, it helps you learn to communicate in ASL even when you aren't yet fluent. It's not just ASL, there will be book assignments on Deaf culture, but they're interesting and the reaction essay assignments are simple.

    Course highlights:

    Basic fingerspelling skills, hand placement techniques and beginner's ASL (greetings, small talk, colors, etc.), and Deaf culture/signing etiquette. Learned through a DVD and workbook, and some short films and novels.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Use the DVDs, and don't be afraid to ask the professor for help! If you can't get the workbook, there is a copy in the library that you could copy pages from, but it doesn't have the DVDs - a classmate may be willing to let you burn them. Make friends to sign with, it will improve your signing skills!

    • Fall 2015
    • Dana Hoover
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Requires Presentations

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