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American Sign Language: Part III W18
with Carol Sturtevant
This class is a continuation of the ASL class offered in the fall of 2017. All material covered in the fall semester will be reviewed and practiced, as new material is added, beginning with the first class of the spring semester. New students are invited to join the class, which is still designed for students who have had little to minimal exposure to ASL and wish to improve and increase their skill level. The course will emphasize the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). A study of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will also be emphasized, through the study of culturally appropriate behaviors and the historical aspects of the development and acceptance of ASL as a recognized language. The use of ASL in the classroom will be practiced by students and demonstrated by the instructor throughout the semester. In this way, students will develop beginning conversational skills. Students will be exposed to the following aspects of ASL grammar: basic vocabulary, fingerspelling techniques, numbers, syntax, gestural skills, and grammatical non-manual signals, in order to provide competence in communication, through receptive and expressive readiness activities, as a component of guided communication. A textbook, a workbook, and various DVDs will be used to offer a wide range of vocabulary and cultural aspects of the language. Limit: 10 students. No class Feb. 21, and Apr. 18.
Spanish: Aprendamos el Español ... (Let’s learn Spanish) W18
with Carol Sturtevant
This course is a continuation of the class held in the fall of 2017. All material from the fall semester will be reviewed, as new material is added, beginning with the first class of the spring semester. New students are invited to join the class. It is designed for students with a minimal knowledge of Spanish and will provide students with a general introduction to the Spanish language. The class will focus on the sound system, pronunciation, vocabulary related to everyday conversation, grammatical structures, and the culture of Hispanic people, all of which will be enhanced through computers, television, and movies that will be viewed during the semester. The focus of the class will be oral communication. A textbook will be used to supplement a wide range of vocabulary and cultural aspects of the language. Basic short stories with be read and discussed in Spanish. Both the students and the teacher will speak Spanish in the classroom from the first class. The amount of immersion in the language will increase throughout the semester, preparing the students to acquire basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and simple writing. The class will also prepare students to continue their study of Spanish. This course is a great opportunity to enjoy learning a second language without the pressures of a traditional classroom setting. Limit 10 students. No class Feb. 20, and Apr. 17