American Sign Language

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6105X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Students learn the basics of American Sign Language and develop an understanding of the foundations of Deaf Culture. In this visually intensive environment, instructors are native signers and no words are spoken in the classroom. A wide range of educational techniques are employed to enable students to practise grammar, syntax and vocabulary, including norms and culturally appropriate interactions. Through classroom instruction and practical learning activities, students develop an understanding of the complexities of American Sign Language.

Please note that this is not an interpreter training Program. The intent is to provide students with an introduction to American Sign Language.

To qualify for this certificate, students must complete the program within five years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Todd Tobin at tobint@algonquincollege.com

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
LAN520045.0American Sign Language Level 101On Campus
LAN520145.0American Sign Language Level 102On Campus
LAN520245.0American Sign Language Level 103

LAN5202 American Sign Language Level 103

Students expand knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of listing/ranking, one-character role shifting, contrastive structure, and temporal sequencing to talk about family, attribute qualities to others and discuss routines. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities. A cumulative review of previous courses is provided.

Pre-requisites: LAN5201

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LAN520345.0American Sign Language Level 201

LAN5203 American Sign Language Level 201

Students develop knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics include using topic-comment structure, locative classifiers and continuing and recurring temporal aspects to locate things around the house and make complaints, requests and suggestions. Learning activities consist of games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5202

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LAN522545.0American Sign Language Level 202

LAN5225 American Sign Language Level 202

Students extend knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. The focus is on using WHEN clauses, phrasing for sequencing events and descriptive classifiers for shapes, patterns and textures and non-manual markers to exchange personal information, discuss life events and describe and identify things. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5203

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LAN522645.0American Sign Language Level 203

LAN5226 American Sign Language Level 203

Students develop knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of the use of temporal sequencing, element classifiers and confirming questions to talk about the weekend. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities. A cumulative review of previous courses is provided.

Pre-requisites: LAN5225

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LAN525345.0American Sign Language Level 301

LAN5253 American Sign Language Level 301

Students work toward perfecting knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. The focus is on developing skills in using role shift sequences, classifiers and contrastive structure used to narrate unforgettable moments and share interesting facts. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5226

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LAN525445.0American Sign Language Level 302

LAN5254 American Sign Language Level 302

Students work towards mastering knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of the development of language skills, such as narrative skills moving from an informal to a more formal presentation and conversational skills used in everyday discussion to illustrate how things work and why things are the way they are. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5253

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LAN5200 American Sign Language Level 101

Students learn the basics of American Sign Language using model dialogues with the instructor and other students to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Students learn and practise the facial and hand gestures necessary to ask and answer questions, and use spatial referencing to exchange simple personal information, talk about surroundings, tell where they live, and talk about their family and activities. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

LAN5201 American Sign Language Level 102

Students extend knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Through model dialogues, students learn to use spatial verbs, descriptive classifiers, role shifting and topic/comment structures to give directions, describe others and make requests. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5200

LAN5202 American Sign Language Level 103

Students expand knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of listing/ranking, one-character role shifting, contrastive structure, and temporal sequencing to talk about family, attribute qualities to others and discuss routines. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities. A cumulative review of previous courses is provided.

Pre-requisites: LAN5201

LAN5203 American Sign Language Level 201

Students develop knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics include using topic-comment structure, locative classifiers and continuing and recurring temporal aspects to locate things around the house and make complaints, requests and suggestions. Learning activities consist of games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5202

LAN5225 American Sign Language Level 202

Students extend knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. The focus is on using WHEN clauses, phrasing for sequencing events and descriptive classifiers for shapes, patterns and textures and non-manual markers to exchange personal information, discuss life events and describe and identify things. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5203

LAN5226 American Sign Language Level 203

Students develop knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of the use of temporal sequencing, element classifiers and confirming questions to talk about the weekend. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities. A cumulative review of previous courses is provided.

Pre-requisites: LAN5225

LAN5253 American Sign Language Level 301

Students work toward perfecting knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. The focus is on developing skills in using role shift sequences, classifiers and contrastive structure used to narrate unforgettable moments and share interesting facts. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5226

LAN5254 American Sign Language Level 302

Students work towards mastering knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Topics comprise of the development of language skills, such as narrative skills moving from an informal to a more formal presentation and conversational skills used in everyday discussion to illustrate how things work and why things are the way they are. Learning activities include games and exercises with the instructor and other students and completion of home study activities.

Pre-requisites: LAN5253