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    May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

American Sign Language (ASL), COA

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American Sign Language (also known as ASL) is a program designed to enhance student knowledge of Deaf culture and community as well as emerging skills in the language. The program also introduces students to the study of issues and perspectives of the Deaf community while providing certain tools and techniques necessary to become a positive influence in society. Gaining an aptitude in language use will not only enable students to communicate with Deaf people, but prepare them for careers in advocacy, interpreting, social work, and other related work.

The goal of the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at Irvine Valley College is to prepare students for further work in community advocacy, communication access, and bridging cultures through the study of other cultures, social, economic, and political systems, world history and geography, and conflict resolution. The program is designed to encourage students to think beyond local perspectives and promote awareness both on campus and in the larger Orange County community. Students will learn how to relate their knowledge and language competence to the larger trends and issues that affect the community as a whole. The program prepares students to transfer to a California State University, University of California, or other private university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Deaf studies, Deaf education, interpreting or social work.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Produce American Sign Language (ASL) narratives at the high intermediate level.
  • Understand ASL narratives between three and five minutes long and to produce retelling narratives and/or related narratives with similar themes.
  • Correctly recognize and use ASL grammar functions (e.g., classifiers, use of space, role shifting) to enhance understanding and communication in the language.

Total Units Required: 19

To earn the certificate of achievement:

See Earning a Certificate  for certificate information and requirements.

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