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American Sign Language

The demand for American Sign Language interpreters and translators continues to grow, with an expected rise of 46 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here's your chance to experience a field that is needed in a variety of settings, such as schools, medical offices, business meetings, social events, theaters and call centers.

Chaffey College offers:

Elementary American Sign Language - ASL-1
Study of American Sign Language (ASL) including an introduction to current and historical aspects of deaf culture. Skills focus on the basic principles of phrasing, vocabulary, sentence patterns, manual counting and spelling, semantics, and the development of expressive and receptive abilities. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a success center that supports this course is required. This course corresponds to the first year of high school ASL.

Elementary American Sign Language - ASL-2
Continued systematic study of the structure, vocabulary and conversational strategies of American Sign Language (ASL). Skills focus on the basic principles of phrasing, sentence patterns, manual counting and spelling, semantics, and the development of expressive and receptive abilities. Continued study of the American Deaf Culture history, community and language. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a success center that supports this course is required.

Intermediate American Sign Language - ASL-3
Continued study and review of the structure, vocabulary, and conversational strategies of American Sign Language (ASL). Review of ASL grammar, with special emphasis on idiomatic constructions. Continued study of the American deaf culture history, community, and language, thereby promoting an understanding of the wide variety of cultural issues concerning the deaf community. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a success center that supports this course is required.

Intermediate American Sign Language - ASL-4
Continued study and review of the structure, vocabulary, grammar, and conversational strategies of American Sign Language (ASL). Further development and refinement of ASL fluency in both productive and receptive skills, including mastery of ASL sentence structures. Appreciation and application of deaf cultural norms, values and behaviors. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a success center that supports this course is required.

Introduction to Deaf Studies - ASL-18
Overview of Deaf history and the origins of American Sign Language. Introduction to the basic issues of deaf culture and communication. Students will gain an overview of historical and contemporary issues and people in the deaf community. This course introduces students to the wide variety of issues involved in deaf studies, including linguistics, education, sociology, psychology and interpreting.