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American Sign Language (ASL)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeffrey Good
Chair

Andrew Byrne
Director of American Sign Language Program

Associated Programs

ASL Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors, as well as other students in a visually accessible environment. The use of the target language is essential in class, and, as such, classes are taught only using ASL. Aspects of Deaf Culture are deeply incorporated, and all courses require students to explore and experience ASL with the Deaf Community directly by attending ASL immersion events within the community. A visually accessible medium is incorporated whenever possible. Online resources and multimedia tools are heavily utilized to accommodate diverse learning styles, and to promote deep engagement and participation.

    About Our Facilities

    The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.

    About Our Faculty

    The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars, with diverse backgrounds and interests. The ASL courses are taught by a full-time faculty member and supported by additional instructors. All instructors are Deaf, and the class is taught with a philosophy of full immersion, exclusively in ASL.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Department of Linguistics website for more information about our faculty.

  • ASL 101LEC First Year First Semester American Sign Language
    Lecture

    ASL 101 is an introductory course designed to develop a basic sytactic knowledge of American Sign Language, including basic vocabulary and conversational skills using everyday situations as a context for communication. All classes will be conducted in the target language (ASL) to further develop receptive and expressive language development skills. The student will begin with visual readiness activities and then progress through a group of targeted lexical items, taught within meaningful contexts, that stress use of questions, statements, commands, and conversational rules, such as attention-getting and turn-taking. Basic fingerspelling skills will also be stressed. This course is designed to help the emerging signer develop basic skills and knowledge in American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This is a five-credit course intended for true beginners in the language with no, or very limited, exposure to ASL.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
  • ASL 102LEC First Year - Second Semester American Sign Language
    Lecture

    ASL 102 is the second term of the first course in American Sign Language (ASL). It is designed to further develop a basic syntactic knowledge of ASL, grammatical structures and conversational skills in American Sign Language using everyday situations as a context for communication. This course also introduces culture and communication/language issues within the Deaf Community. Total language immersion is used to enhance the learning process. All classes will be conducted in the target language (ASL) to further develop receptive and expressive skills - there will be NO use of spoken language allowed in the classroom.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ASL 101.
  • ASL 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ASL 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ASL 203LEC Second- Year- First Semester American Sign Language
    Lecture

    ASL 203 builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) 102, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, dialogues and elementary ASL literature. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects, and conditionals. Students will increase fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be incorporated. Total language immersion is used to enhance the learning process. All classes will be conducted in the target language ( ASL) to further develop receptive and expressive skills- there will be NO use of spoken language allowed in the class room.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: ASL 203.
  • ASL 204LEC Second Year- Second Semester American Sign Language
    Lecture

    ASL 204 builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) 203, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, dialogues and elementary ASL literature. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals. Students will increase fluency and accuracy in fingerspelling and numbers. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be incorporated. Total language immersion is used to enhance the learning process. All classes will be conducted in the target language (ASL) to further develop receptive and expressive skills there will be NO use of spoken language allowed in the classroom

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ASL 203.
  • ASL 211LEC American Sign Language Deaf Culture in America
    Lecture

    Introduces Deaf culture in the U.S. Explores the social characteristics of Deaf culture, identity structures, behavior and norms, values, traditions, and the use of American Sign Language and/or other sign systems. Taught in ASL and spoken English.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ASL 411LEC American Sign Language Linguistics
    Lecture

    This course is designed to introduce students to the main structural features of American Sign Language (ASL) such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The linguistics of ASL and spoken languages will be compared. Additional topics will include the definitions of language and linguistics, variation and historical change, discourse, bilingualism and language contact, and language as art. Research articles pertaining to ASL and other signed languages in the world will be read and criticized. This course is designed for the students who are already proficient in ASL.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: ASL 101, ASL 102, ASL 203, and ASL 204.
 
Published: Jun 15, 2020 16:37:33