Course Information

Course Numbers and Descriptions

*Class options may include the following (minimum of 6 students per class required):

101 – 1st Semester Beginners:American Sign Language & Conceptually Accurate Signed English (ASL & CASE)
201 – 2nd Semester Beginners: ASL & CASE
301 – 1st Semester Intermediate: ASL & CASE
401 – 2nd Semester Intermediate: ASL & CASE
501/601 – Advanced: ASL
701 – Deaf Culture
801 – Conversational Sign Language
1001 – Vocabulary Building for Interpreter Trainees
1101 – Voice-to-Sign Interpreting
1101/1201 – Expressive and Receptive Interpreting
1201 – Sign-to-Voice Interpreting
1301 – Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters


Austin Sign Language School (ASLS)
Course Descriptions

101-1st Semester Beginners: ASL & CASE
Textbook-“A Basic Course in American Sign Language”
1st Semester Beginners: Course covers Chapters 1-5 textbook. Emphasis is on vocabulary and fingerspelling. Vocabulary is given in American Sign Language (ASL) and Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE). Offered Summer 2017 Thursdays at TSD 6:00-8:00 p.m.

201-2nd Semester Beginners: ASL & CASE
Textbook-“A Basic Course in American Sign Language”
2nd Semester Beginners: Course covers Chapters 6-10 of the textbook. Emphasis is on grammar and vocabulary building. Vocabulary is given in American Sign Language (ASL) and Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE). Offered Summer 2017 Thursdays at TSD 6:00-8:00 p.m.

301-1st Semester ASL & CASE
Textbook-“A Basic Course in American Sign Language”
Course covers Chapters 11-16 of the textbook. Emphasis is on ASL grammar and vocabulary building. Vocabulary is given in American Sign Language and Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE). Offered Summer 2017 Thursdays at TSD 6:00-8:00 p.m.

401-2nd Semester Intermediate: ASL & CASE
Textbook-“A Basic Course in American Sign Language”
Course covers Chapters 17-22 of the textbook. Emphasis is on ASL grammar and vocabulary building. Offered Summer 2017 Thursdays at TSD 6:00-8:00 p.m.

501/601 – Advanced ASL  NEW COURSE!!
No Textbook
Course covers grammar, structure, and rhetoric used in ASL.  Emphasis is on Cultural Signs, Classifiers, and Conceptually Accurate Signs. Offered Summer 2017 Thursdays at TSD 6:00-8:00 p.m.

701-Deaf Culture
Textbook – “A Journey into the Deaf-World” by H. Lane, R. Hoffmeister, B. Bahan. Not available through ASLS, and students are responsible for purchasing their own textbook. Will be offered Fall 2017.

Curriculum developed by Denise Egbert
An in-depth look at “Deaf Culture” from the perspective of a Deaf Instructor with video materials as a supplement. Students must have intermediate level signing skills (expressive and receptive) to enroll in this class. This class is a required prerequisite before a student can enroll in conversational and interpreter training classes.

801-Conversational Sign Language
No Textbook
Conversational sign language class led by Deaf instructor. No talking is allowed in class. Emphasis is on expressive and receptive sign skills in ASL, CASE, and Contact Language. (701 Deaf Culture is a required prerequisite before a student can take this class.) Will be offered another semester.

Classes for Advanced Signers and Interpreters (701 Deaf Culture is a required prerequisite which must be completed before students can take the following classes):

1001-Vocabulary Building for Interpreter Trainees**
No Textbook, Vocabulary list provided
Vocabulary for interpreter trainees class covering various topics, such as medical, education, computers, sports, drug abuse, etc. Students will also practice basic interpreting techniques. Will be offered another semester.

1101-Voice-to-Sign Interpreting**
No Textbook
Emphasis is on expressive interpreting and transliterating skills. Topics may vary each semester. Classes will be offered at proficient interpreter level. Prerequisite interpreting skills required. (1001 is a required prerequisite which must be completed before taking this class.) May be offered another semester.

1201-Sign-to-Voice Interpreting**
No Textbook
Emphasis is on receptive interpreting and transliterating skills. Classes offered at proficient interpreter level. (1001 is a required prerequisite which must be completed before taking this class.) May be offered another semester.

1101/1201-Expressive and Receptive Interpreting**
No Textbook
Emphasis is on expressive and receptive interpreting and transliterating skills. Instruction is at proficient interpreter level, with practice and feedback. Topics may be changed and expanded each semester. Will be offered another semester.

1301-Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters**
Textbook – “Ethical Decision-Making: A Guided Exploration for Interpreters” by K.M. Stewart and A. Witter-Merithew. Course will cover ethics and interpreting and will offer 3.0 DARS CEUs for certified interpreters. DARS interpreter certificate recertification requires 20 hrs. of ethics training every 5 years.
Will be offered on-line Fall 2017, on-line only, using Edmodo. Enrollment is limited to 10 students a semester,
and students are responsible for purchasing their own textbook. Registered students will be emailed instructions prior to the beginning of each semester. Students have 3 months to complete all on-line course assignments in order to earn 3.0 DARS-DHHS Ethics CEUs.  Students must purchase their own ethics textbook for on-line course. (http://store.signmedia.com/1510.html) This book is not available from ASLS.

Students who take 1301 on-line must be familiar with technology to communicate using e-mail and discussion groups, be familiar with word processing and editing tasks, know how to create, save and upload or download a file, and have Adobe Reader.


* Not all classes may be offered each semester, depending on enrollment and availability of teachers.
** BEI DARS/DHHS Interpreter Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits pending

Location:
ASLS classes are offered at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), CTE/Ford Building, 1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. Enter TSD through the Elizabeth Street gate after 5:30 p.m. Click here for map of TSD. Limited classes are offered at Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759.

Schedules:
During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes are offered on Thursday evenings at TSD, for 10 weeks, beginning in mid-September for fall semester and mid-January for spring semester, either 5:30-7:00 p.m. or 7:15-8:45 p.m. On Tuesday evenings, limited classes are offered at Westover Hills Church of Christ. Summer classes are offered at TSD only, on Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning the middle of June and continuing for 8 weeks. Click here for Quick Reference Schedule.

Fees:
Tuition is $130.00 per student for the 10-week semester (8 weeks in Summer). $5.00 discount for second family member taking a course during a semester.

Textbooks (101-401 book available through ASLS on-line registration):

Courses 101, 201, 301 & 401 use “A Basic Course in American Sign Language 2nd edition” – $45
Course 701 uses “A Journey into the Deaf-World” by H. Lane, R. Hoffmeister, and B. Bahan. Students must purchase their own Deaf Culture textbook. Available through Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and iTunes.
Course 1301 uses “Ethical Decision-Making: A Guided Exploration for Interpreters” by K. Mills Stewart and A. Witter-Merithew –
$35. Students must purchase their own ethics textbook for on-line course.
All other courses use handouts provided by ASLS.

Instructors:
ASLS teachers are skilled users of sign language, and many of them are native signers. A majority are deaf/hard of hearing individuals who are proficient users of American Sign Language (ASL). Many of the instructors have taught ASLS courses for a number of years. Certified, highly qualified interpreters for the deaf teach the ASLS interpreting courses.