American Sign Language 3
With Mrs. Baker
Purpose of this course:
American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in the United States. According to the Standards for Foreign Language Learning provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), “all the linguistic and social knowledge required for effective human-to-human interaction is encompassed in those ten words ‘Knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.’ So, while grammar and vocabulary are essential tools for communication, it is the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with users of other languages that is the ultimate goal of today’s foreign language classroom.”
Mrs. Baker's Contact info:
912-267-4210, Ext. 3156
Course resources: What do I need for this class?
3-ring binder or folder (for handouts), notebook paper, pencil/pen/highlighter
ASL 3 Class Rules:
- Be on time, on task and ready to learn daily.
- Have all of your materials with you every day.
- Keep all personal electronics put away.
- Be responsible for your own learning.
- Respect the teacher, the classroom, and other students.
- Clean up your messes.
- Sign at all times.
No Talking Policy:
We will maintain a signing environment in the classroom for two reasons:
- It is considered rude and insulting to talk in front of a Deaf person and not sign. When you do so, the Deaf person misses out on the conversation. Since our goal is to get to know Deaf people in the community, it is crucial that we develop the habit of signing, even when Deaf people are not present.
- This is an immersion class, the target language is used up to 90% or more of the time. Using only ASL will help you to develop both your comprehension skills and your expressive skills quickly and effectively. Talking disrupts this process and delays your language development.
- Daily/Homework: 30%
- Quizzes/Projects: 25%
- Tests: 25% (includes mid-term exam)
- Final Exam: 20%
To get better at signing, you have to keep learning after class is over.
- Attend Deaf community events. Put your skills to use with native language users.
- Practice, practice, practice! Create a study group with classmates. Practice signing together at lunch and outside of class.
- Teach your family the signs we learn in class. Teach your friends!
Watch the video links posted in Google Classroom each day for additional practice.
Quizzes/Projects: You will have multiple projects to complete this semester. Each project counts as a quiz grade.
- You will be tested at the end of each of the units we study this semester.
- We will spend an entire class block the day before each unit test to study and prepare.
- If you pay attention in class and participate, you will do well on your tests.
Final Exam: This will be a comprehensive, multiple choice exam covering what we've learned the entire semester.
Extra Credit Opportunities:
- Extra credit tickets, fingerseeks/ASL sudoku, etc.
- Attend a deaf community event and write a summary of your experience.
Need help? Remember, I am here for you! I will be in my classroom before and after school until 4:15 every afternoon (unless I have a meeting).
Let’s have an amazing semester in ASL 3 !