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Madonna University
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ASL Education Major: Bach Arts | ASL Education Minor | ASL Education Minor - Prerequisites | ASL Education Major - Prerequisites: Bach Arts
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ASL Education Major: Bach Arts    
   Major Courses (30 cr. to be chosen)    
      SLS 1000   Sign Language in Society 3 cr.  A survey of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Emphasis on Sign language structure, history, and usage. Discussion of a sociocultural perspective of Deaf people including readings from anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and education. Includes an examination of American attitudes toward Sign language and Deaf culture. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
      SLS 2310   Deaf Culture 3 cr.  A survey of sociocultural factors that define Deaf persons as members of a cultural minority. Examination of Deaf history, exploration of cultural characteristics of Deaf persons, and an examination of contributions of Deaf persons to American society. Corequisite: SLS 2020. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
      SLS 3010   Advanced American Sign Language I 3 cr.  Advanced American Sign Language development with a focus on English and ASL content and text analysis to increase student vocabulary and understanding of ASL syntactical patterns. Communicative dialogues will emphasize sociocultural aspects of deafness. Prerequisite: SLS 2020 or departmental approval. 
      SLS 3020   Advanced American Sign Language II 3 cr.  Continued advanced ASL development with further emphasis on sociocultural and historical considerations of deaf heritage. Prerequisite: SLS 3010 or departmental approval. 
      SLS 3290   Fingerspelling & Numbers in ASL 2 cr.  Concentrated instruction in practice of fingerspelling, numbering, and loan signs at increasing levels of complexity. Corequisite: SLS 2020 or placement. 
      SLS 3810   American Sign Language: Registers 3 cr.  An examination of the impact of register (frozen, informal, formal, consultative, and intimate) on language. Emphasis on identification and practice of vocabulary and grammatical constructs specific to a variety of situations and registers in ASL, with exploration of parallels in English. Prerequisite: SLS 3010. 
      SLS 4040   ASL Literature & Drama 3 cr.  The use of American Sign Language as a form of storytelling, poetry, and drama. ASL literature is analyzed and incorporated as part of receptive/expressive language development and advanced skills enhancement. Includes exploration of the canons of Deaf literature and drama. Prerequisites: SLS 3020 and/or departmental approval. 
      SLS 4220   Sign Language Structure 4 cr.  Analysis of the symbolic and linguistic structure of American Sign Language and other Sign systems. Includes aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, grammar, and discourse. Examination of bilingual and bicultural practices, sociolinguistics, and related research. Prerequisites: SLS 3010 and/or departmental approval. 
      EDU 4630   Theory & Techniques of Instruction: Foreign Language (K-12) 2 cr.  Theory of instruction, methods, and materials for foreign language in elementary, middle, and high schools; observations of classroom procedures; and participation in simulation and micro-teaching. Emphasis on the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Prerequisites: EDU 3120 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 4500 or EDU 4530.05. 
      SLS 4950   Senior Seminar 2 cr.  Capstone course for senior-level students in the Department of Sign Language Studies. Students construct electronic/video portfolios of their academic and professional work in the respective areas of concentration (either Deaf Studies or Interpreting). After passing a written comprehensive examination, the culminating demonstration of students' program accomplishments is made through a presentation to peers and faculty. To be taken in the student's final academic year of the program. 
      WL  2710   Language Acquisition 2 cr.  A survey course on the fundamentals of second language acquisition. Issues pertaining to syntax, semantics, and phonology; contrasts of first- and second-language acquisition as well as social and infrastructural factors that affect the learning process (monolingual vs. bilingual societies, monoglossia vs. diglossia, cultural capital). 
ASL Education Minor    
   Minor Courses (21 cr. to be chosen)    
      SLS 1000   Sign Language in Society 3 cr.  A survey of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Emphasis on Sign language structure, history, and usage. Discussion of a sociocultural perspective of Deaf people including readings from anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and education. Includes an examination of American attitudes toward Sign language and Deaf culture. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
      SLS 2310   Deaf Culture 3 cr.  A survey of sociocultural factors that define Deaf persons as members of a cultural minority. Examination of Deaf history, exploration of cultural characteristics of Deaf persons, and an examination of contributions of Deaf persons to American society. Corequisite: SLS 2020. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
      SLS 3010   Advanced American Sign Language I 3 cr.  Advanced American Sign Language development with a focus on English and ASL content and text analysis to increase student vocabulary and understanding of ASL syntactical patterns. Communicative dialogues will emphasize sociocultural aspects of deafness. Prerequisite: SLS 2020 or departmental approval. 
      SLS 3020   Advanced American Sign Language II 3 cr.  Continued advanced ASL development with further emphasis on sociocultural and historical considerations of deaf heritage. Prerequisite: SLS 3010 or departmental approval. 
      SLS 3290   Fingerspelling & Numbers in ASL 2 cr.  Concentrated instruction in practice of fingerspelling, numbering, and loan signs at increasing levels of complexity. Corequisite: SLS 2020 or placement. 
      SLS 4040   ASL Literature & Drama 3 cr.  The use of American Sign Language as a form of storytelling, poetry, and drama. ASL literature is analyzed and incorporated as part of receptive/expressive language development and advanced skills enhancement. Includes exploration of the canons of Deaf literature and drama. Prerequisites: SLS 3020 and/or departmental approval. 
      EDU 4630   Theory & Techniques of Instruction: Foreign Language (K-12) 2 cr.  Theory of instruction, methods, and materials for foreign language in elementary, middle, and high schools; observations of classroom procedures; and participation in simulation and micro-teaching. Emphasis on the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Prerequisites: EDU 3120 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 4500 or EDU 4530.05. 
      WL  2710   Language Acquisition 2 cr.  A survey course on the fundamentals of second language acquisition. Issues pertaining to syntax, semantics, and phonology; contrasts of first- and second-language acquisition as well as social and infrastructural factors that affect the learning process (monolingual vs. bilingual societies, monoglossia vs. diglossia, cultural capital). 
ASL Education Minor - Prerequisites    
   Minor Prerequisites    
      SLS 1010   Beginning American Sign Language I 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite or corequisite: SLS 1000. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
      SLS 1020   Beginning American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite: SLS 1010. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
      SLS 2010   Intermediate American Sign Language I 4 cr.  First level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 1020 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2010. 
      SLS 2020   Intermediate American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Second level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 2010 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2020. 
ASL Education Major - Prerequisites: Bach Arts    
   Major Prerequisites    
      SLS 1010   Beginning American Sign Language I 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite or corequisite: SLS 1000. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
      SLS 1020   Beginning American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite: SLS 1010. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
      SLS 2010   Intermediate American Sign Language I 4 cr.  First level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 1020 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2010. 
      SLS 2020   Intermediate American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Second level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 2010 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2020. 
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