ASL Syllabus



American Sign Language 1, 2 & 3                                                              August 2013 - June 2014

North Hills Prep High School

Raven Zadikov

American Sign Language 1, 2 & 3 Syllabus


This course is designed to acquaint students with the methods and techniques of learning and using American Sign Language (ASL).  It will also introduce students to Deaf culture and its history by comparing and contrasting ASL with spoken English.

Course Description:


American Sign Language 1 A/B (ASL 1) introduces students to the language and culture of Deaf people in the United States. The course will focus on specific language and cultural behaviors, as well as introduce students to the grammar of ASL. Both expressive and receptive skills of students will be the focus of the course, with a major emphasis placed on receptive skills. Students will participate extensively in interactive classroom activities using the “Voices Off” Policy to ensure ASL immersion.

American Sign Language 2 A/B (ASL 2) continues the teaching of ASL, moving from signing concrete concepts to abstract concepts. Additional vocabulary, grammar and culture is covered to build on the core knowledge of the language. Both expressive and receptive skills of students will be the focus of the course, with an equal emphasis. Students will participate extensively in interactive classroom activities using the “Voices Off” Policy to ensure ASL immersion.


American Sign Language 3 A/B (ASL 3) is designed to further the development of created and planned language usage which is cultivated through contextualized discourse exercises between student-teacher, student-student and teacher narratives.  Creative usage of ASL in the form of poetry and storytelling is introduced by teacher and other signers via video text.  Deaf cultural topics are included in each unit, to provide context for vocabulary units and to expand cultural perspectives and understandings.


Goals & Objectives:

1. Develop skills necessary to sustain brief communication in sign language.

2. Express grammatically correct sentences in American Sign Language.

3. Communicate using nonverbal expression to convey messages in sign.

4. Creatively express in ASL ie. stories, anecdotes, poetry and songs.

5. Gain a basic understanding of Deaf culture.

Course Assignments:

Vocabulary will be learned through teacher modeling, teacher/student conversation, and student/student conversation.  All vocabulary will be presented in context, first with rehearsed dialog, and then moving to planned  and impromptu discourse.  The following subject areas of vocabulary will be covered:

Introducing Oneself                                                Giving Directions

Exchanging Personal Information             Describing Others

Talking About Surroundings                                   Making Requests

Telling Where You Live                                Talking About Family And Occupations

Talking About Your Family                          Attributing Qualities To Others

Telling About Activities                               Talking About Routines


Each student will be expected to complete a visual project about an assigned deaf cultural topic.

Each student will be expected to present a planned conversation with another student  (topic given) in ASL.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)

ASL instruction meets all of the following expected Schoolwide Learning Results.


Capable Individuals who…

Seek mastery of academic content and technological resources

Apply academic learning to real-life situations

Prioritize tasks and use time wisely


Confident Problem-Solvers who…

Express thoughts and feelings clearly and honestly

Adapt to changing circumstances calmly and thoughtfully

Resolve interpersonal conflicts successfully


Responsible Citizens who…

Develop practical, personal, and professional life skills

Demonstrate respect toward people and property

Contribute positively to the community





a.  Preparation (5%)

b.  Promptness:  (5%)

c.  Class ParticipationStudents must be present in class and participating in class discussions and/or activities (20%).


2.  HOMEWORK (10%)

Assigned weekly on the website 
Student log in 2970-79420, password NORTHHILLS
Fingerspelling Practice:   Numbers Practice: 

3.  PROJECTS 20%


Students will be assigned either a monthly expressive project using vocabulary and grammar learned in class or deaf culture research project.  Each student will have the opportunity to present their project to the class.




Group activities and signed conversation as assigned.         



a.  Quizzes:  Class quizzes will be worth no more than 7.5% of the overall grade. Quizzes will be every 1-2 weeks

b.  TestsClass tests (and Final Exams) will be worth no more than 12.5% of the overall grade.  There will be a test after every second unit, i.e. chapters 1-2; 3-4 . . . etc. Test scores and quizzes are based on percentage correct

                        90 --100= A    80 --89=B        70 --79=C       59 –69=D


Recommended Websites for Receptive Practice:


fingerspelling practice               numbers


My goal is that each student is successful in using this unique language. I promise to work with you and your parents to ensure that with your consistent effort, you will begin to develop your receptive and expressive skills using ASL.  I look forward to a wonderful year with you.







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ASL 1 A/B,  2 A/B,  3A/B                                                                 Raven Zadikov


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