American Sign Language 1A

Enrollment Message:

This course requires extensive use of an asynchronous audio-visual communication tool called VoiceThread. The student will be assigned an Michigan Virtual-specific VoiceThread account to be used for this course. Students MUST NOT create a personal VoiceThread account. Please see Technology Requirements for additional information regarding required browser cookies and firewall permissions. Students will need:A web cam to record their signing assignments. The latest Adobe Flash Player for their computer's web browser. Youtube access is required to view some aspects of this course. Their own unique email address for VoiceThread to function properly. Their email address for their Michigan Virtual account cannot be used by anyone else, including the mentor or parent.

This is the first course in a two-course sequence and focuses on everyday communication in American Sign Language for the Deaf. It introduces students to the basic signs, techniques, and cultural knowledge, which will support the students to start signing beginning level conversational ASL. Each lesson is built upon a familiar topic such as family, self and friends so that students will find meaningful connection to the lessons. Students will be asked to use various media tools including online resources, online dictionaries, a web cam, and the web based audio-visual tool VoiceThread to master the content presented in the course. Students will be producing their own signing videos to demonstrate their learning. The goal of this course is to help develop fundamental ASL skills, and to understand Deafness, knowledge, and interest that students will need to advance to the higher levels of ASL courses.

The learning objectives target Mid-Novice-High Level of MI World Language Standards and Benchmarks.

• The school's computers and network must meet the required technology requirements.

• This is a limited enrollment course.

• ASL is a sign language that is different from Signed Exact English (SEE). Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: By the end of the course students will be able to:

• Greet appropriately in ASL in everyday situations

• Initiate and maintain a short ASL conversation

• Explain Deaf perspectives and general myths regarding Deaf culture

Course Outline:

Unit 1 Getting Started – Introduction to the course, tools and media

Unit 2 Introduction to ASL – Basics of ASL handshapes, fingerspelling, and Simple Sentence technique

Unit 3 My Family – Simple Yes/No Question and Information Seeking techniques, and family related signs

Unit 4 My Favorite – Introduction to Topic/Comment Sentence technique, and signs to express one’s preferences

Unit 5 Welcome to My Life – Introduction to ASL Directional Verb signs, and signs to express one’s daily activities

Unit 6 My Friends – Importance of Facial Expression, and signs to express one’s invitation, plan-making, and help-offering

Resources Included: Michigan Virtual provides students enrolled in this course a VoiceThread Account, a Lifeprint.com Online Resource.

Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This course requires extensive use of an asynchronous audio-visual communication tool called VoiceThread. There is an Michigan Virtual-specific VoiceThread account that is used for this course and will be assigned to students.Students must not create or use a personal VoiceThread account for this course. Students must have their own unique email address for VoiceThread to function properly. Their email address for their Michigan Virtual account cannot be used by anyone else, including the mentor or parent.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06801
MDE Endorsement Code: FS - American Sign Language
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus