House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

SGNL-1301-50 (Sign Language I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorMartin, Gabriel Anthony
Phone(409) 880-8175
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:T 5:00-5:30p, 8:15-8:45p
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
Room #:135
Course Information
Course ID #10094
Course Subject-Number-SectionSGNL-1301-50
Course TitleSign Language I
Course Description Introduction to American sign language and signed English systems.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks 1. Signing Naturally level I workbook and DVD, Dawn Sign Publishing

2. Train Go Sorry, Random Publishing

Learning Objectives A)        Vocabulary Development

1.        The student will be exposed to vocabulary items in Units 1-6

of Signing Naturally.

2.        Given a set of targeted vocabulary items drawn from class

items and videos, the student will demonstrate comprehensive

mastery of vocabulary items.

B)        Grammatical Features

1.        The student will demonstrate comprehensive mastery of target,

content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL.

2.        The student will be exposed to short dialogue in ASL as

directed by the instructor.

C)        Conversational Skills

1.        The student will demonstrate comprehension and conversation

facilitating behaviors.

2.        The student will demonstrate comprehension and production of

regulating behaviors (i.e. attention getting techniques, turn

taking signals, and others)

3.        The student will be exposed to short narratives and stories

in ASL told by the instructor, Deaf users of ASL or ASL


4.        The student will demonstrate the ability to initiate, conduct

and terminate a short content-specific conversation.

D)        Cultural Awareness

1.        The student will read/see information on Deaf Americans, ASL,

and its history. The student is responsible for reading the

text, TRAIN GO SORRY. Text cultural information will be

discussed during class.

2.        The student will attend social functions/events at which

members of the Deaf community are present.

Major Assignments 1. Video Resp/Deaf Event Reaction Papers/Lab 100 pts        600-540 = A

2. 2 Videotaped Assignments (50pts each) 100 pts        539-480 = B

3. Quizzes and Workbook                         100 pts        479-420 = C

4. Midterm Exam (Expressive and receptive) 100 pts        419-360 = D

5. Final Project – expressive                  100 pts        359-0        = F

Final Exam – written                 100 pts



TOTAL = 600 pts

Discussion Topics ASL Linguistics and Sign Vocabulary

Deaf Culture

Deaf Clubs

Some Historical notes of the Education of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing children

Attendance Policy Class attendence is expected. If you are are absent due to LSCPA approved absence you are responsible for making up any requirements. Prior notification is encouraged.
Determination of Final Grade See major assignment area.
Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 5:30 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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