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LANGUAGE 105 American Sign Language 1

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    • Profile picture
    Nov 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Mrs. Davis is an amazing teacher who makes sure that her students are following along. There's no paper and pen activities really, it's all hands on, literally.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about the basic vocabulary, common expectations in the Deaf community, and small things to notice such as body or hand position and facial expression for various types of sentences.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not lag behind in the workbook as much as is possible. Just finish the work book activities, and attend the labs twice a week, and you will be set for the class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Becky Davis
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    May 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is the beginning class to learning a new language, which opens up a whole new world of people to understand and communicate with. Deaf people are all over the country, and it is fascinating to 'speak' and understand their language, and thus to see that deaf people are really just the same as hearing people, except that they cannot hear. Learning from a deaf teacher is also fascinating. One begins to really see, when learning from a person who does not speak, how the words that a person speaks are really a very small part of what they communicate. Deaf people are also very patient with hearing people who are making an effort to learn their language and will help the hearing person to learn the language as quickly as possible.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was definitely interacting with Deaf people. I made a lot of mistakes, but the people were very kind and, though sometimes they laughed at me, they would understand what I meant and show me how to say it correctly. I learned a whole new way of thinking and communicating.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice is for students to try to think and to understand in pictures, or visually, rather than mentally translating signs into English to understand them. I know from experience that this can make understanding ASL very difficult, because it is like English homophones, one has to figure out the meaning of the sign by the context it is in.

    • Fall 2015
    • Shauna Ward
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Feb 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class because Julia Alonzo is a great teacher and she lets you see parts of the Deaf community and has you fall in love with American Sign Language.

    Course highlights:

    I learned what I believe is the most beautiful language and learned the dues and don'ts of the Deaf community.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you practice outside of class as long as you do that you will excel.

    • Fall 2015
    • Julia Alonzo
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Requires Presentations


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