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American Sign Language - Basic Skills (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
0889
School:
Language and Communications Studies

About the Program

Conestoga and the Canadian Hearing Society are pleased to offer this joint certificate program. Students will learn abstract concepts dealing with the environment outside of the classroom. Students will be introduced to the Deaf Culture where language, values, rules and traditions will be explored. Graduates will have sufficient skills to communicate, at a basic level, with members of the Deaf Community. This is not an Interpreter Training program. Students are advised there are 15 hours of independent study in each course. Note: Students who have previously studied the American Sign Language Courses may be able to use them toward this joint certificate.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

About the Program

Conestoga and the Canadian Hearing Society are pleased to offer this joint certificate program. Students will learn abstract concepts dealing with the environment outside of the classroom. Students will be introduced to the Deaf Culture where language, values, rules and traditions will be explored. Graduates will have sufficient skills to communicate, at a basic level, with members of the Deaf Community. This is not an Interpreter Training program. Students are advised there are 15 hours of independent study in each course. Note: Students who have previously studied the American Sign Language Courses may be able to use them toward this joint certificate.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
ASL1010 American Sign Language 101
Description: This introductory course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) with basic communicative competencies. Students learn to handle basic everyday communication: exchanging information, identifying others and giving simple directions. Topics focus on personal information and the immediate environment. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on developing question and answer skills. Cultural notes and videotapes provide information on Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ASL1020 American Sign Language 102
Description: The purpose of the second course in American Sign Language (ASL) is to further the student's abilities by refining the skills learned/retained in the 101 course. The student learns to handle talking about activities, time concepts, asking for repetition, giving directions, describing others and making requests. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on using question and answer skills, directions and descriptions. Cultural notes and videotapes provide information on Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1010
CoRequisites:
Details
ASL1030 American Sign Language 103
Description: The third course in American Sign Language (ASL) will enable students to rehearse conversation and correct information to minimize misunderstandings. Talking about family and occupations, attributing qualities to others and talking about routines will be the major topics. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on using question and answer skills, directions and descriptions. Cultural notes and videotapes provide information on Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1020
CoRequisites:
Details
ASL1035 American Sign Language 104
Description: The fourth course in American Sign Language (ASL) will further the student's abilities by refining the skills learned and retained from American Sign Language 103. The student learns to handle the location of items around the house, complain, and make suggestions and requests. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on using question and answer skills, directions and descriptions. Cultural notes and videotapes provide information on Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1030
CoRequisites:
Details
ASL1110 American Sign Language 201
Description: This course in American Sign Language (ASL) furthers the student's abilities by refining the skills learned in American Sign Language 104. Level 2 encourages students to discuss people and environments outside the classroom in more abstract ways; for example, at home or in other parts of the country. Students learn basic role shift sequencing including initiator and receiver points of view, basic narrative structures, trip and fall sequencing, positions and actions, how to describe facts, ranking, using comparatives and superlatives, and how to discuss coincidences (Units 18-19).
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1035
CoRequisites:
Closed
ASL1120 American Sign Language 202
Description: This course in American Sign Language (ASL) furthers the student's abilities by refining the skills learned in American Sign Language 201. Level 2 encourages students to discuss people and environments outside the classroom in more abstract ways; for example, at home or in other parts of the country. Students learn symbols and signs for driving, how to sign rules, conditional sentences, classifier sequences for explaining movement, basic action sequencing and narrative sequencing (Units 20-21).
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1050 or ASL1110
CoRequisites:
Closed
ASL1130 American Sign Language 203
Description: This course in American Sign Language (ASL) furthers the student's abilities by refining the skills learned in American Sign Language 202. Level 2 encourages students to discuss people and environments outside the classroom in more abstract ways; for example, at home or in other parts of the country. Students learn how to express advantages and disadvantages, talk about banking and money, how to talk about the home and car and how to narrate events that occurred in the past. Additionally, students will discuss health issues, symptoms, causes and treatment, conditions and medications. (Units 22-24).
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1060 or ASL1120
CoRequisites:
Closed
ASL1140 American Sign Language 204
Description: This course in American Sign Language (ASL) furthers the students' abilities by refining the skills learned in American Sign Language 203. Level 2 encourages students to discuss more complex structures and situations. Students will continue to master role shift and segments. Further, students will narrate events and translate passages from texts into ASL, focusing on plurality, character development, facts, opinions and a variety of cross-cultural components of the deaf community, pulling together all skills learned in a "cumulative review" (Unit 25).
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ASL1130
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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