American Sign Language

Deaf Studies - CCL

Deaf Studies
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2009 Fall
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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Deaf Studies program is designed to provide students with basic sign language skills and an overview of issues related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. It is primarily designed for individuals who are preparing for or are already employed in business, industry, or public service who have daily contact with the general public. This program will not prepare the individual as an interpreter; it will enhance the ability to provide services to many deaf individuals.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in CRE101 (or equivalent as indicated by assessment, (ENG101 or ENG107), IPP205, SLG120 (if chosen as a Restricted Elective), SLG202, SLG203, and SLG204. Students should work closely with the Program Director on CRE101 decision.

Admission criteria

High school diploma, or GED, or equivalent.

CRE101Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
CWE198AACareer/Work Experience 1
ENG101First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
IPP205Introduction to Interpreting 3
IPP207Ethics and Decision Making for ASL/English Interpreters 2
SLG101American Sign Language I 4
SLG102American Sign Language II 4
SLG200Issues and Resources 3
SLG201American Sign Language III 4
SLG202American Sign Language IV 4
SLG203American Sign Language V 4
SLG204Comparative Linguistics: ASL/English 3
SLG212Deaf Culture 3
Restricted Electives
IPP208Advanced American Sign Language Discourse 4
SLG103Introduction to the Deaf Community 1
SLG110Fingerspelling I 2
SLG120Fingerspelling II 2
  1. Apply critical reading techniques to a variety of materials and purposes for reading. (CRE101)
  2. Apply critical reading skills to analyze and evaluate, in writing, the components of an author's argument. (CRE101)
  3. Assess one's personality, interests, values, motivation, skills, and priorities as they relate to the world of work. (CWE198AA)
  4. Demonstrate an increased understanding of one’s own field of interest. (CWE198AA)
  5. Analyze specific rhetorical contexts, including circumstance, purpose, topic, audience, and writer, as well as the writing's ethical, political, and cultural implications. (ENG101, ENG107)
  6. Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development appropriate to a specific writing context. (ENG101, ENG107)
  7. Contrast and compare interpreting and communication using American Sign Language. (IPP205)
  8. Identify appropriate credentials for qualified interpreters in various settings. (IPP205)
  9. Analyze physical factors involved in interpreting, such as proximity of interpreter and client, lighting, and background. (IPP205)
  10. Explain how interpreters serve both hearing and deaf persons. (IPP205, SLG200)
  11. Identify the varieties of signing systems and their respective forms/characteristics. (IPP205, SLG203, SLG204)
  12. Apply knowledge of the code of ethics of the National Registry of Interpreters as applied to professional behavior. (IPP205, IPP207)
  13. Apply decision-making techniques within interpreting contexts. (IPP207)
  14. Apply American Sign Language to communicate effectively with deaf persons. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  15. Apply fingerspelling with clarity and smoothness. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  16. Apply grammatical features of American Sign Language to communication activities. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  17. Explain use of communication devices for the Deaf and various other signaling devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (SLG200)
  18. Recognize differences in various educational programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Arizona. (SLG200)
  19. Recognize and use federal laws which have had a major impact to better the quality of life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (SLG200)
  20. Identify and refer deaf persons to services provided by agencies or non-profit organizations created to meet the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (SLG200)
  21. Compare and contrast differing perspectives held by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and persons who are hearing regarding deafness. (SLG200, SLG212)
  22. Describe the history of the North American Deaf community and American Sign Language (ASL), and explain the cultural importance and impact of ASL in the Deaf culture and ASL’s role within the Deaf community. (SLG200, SLG212)
  23. Communicate to the deaf literal meanings of spoken English nuances and idiomatic expressions. (SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  24. Apply American Sign Language appropriately with regard to register, setting, and audience. (SLG203)
  25. Recognize and explain differences in nuances in American Sign Language and English. (SLG203, SLG204)
  26. Identify differences and similarities in grammar and syntax, comparing and contrasting American Sign Language and English. (SLG204)
  27. Identify and deal with situations which involve unique issues and needs of deaf persons. (SLG212)
  28. Identify issues of power and oppression by dominant cultures as they relate to the Deaf culture. (SLG212)
  29. Identify cultural values, identity affiliation, group norms, rules of social interactions, and traditions held by members who are culturally Deaf. (SLG212)
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