American Sign Language Courses

American Sign Language sequence

Our department offers four levels of American Sign Language. You can take the ASL sequence to fulfill your College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement and the General Education World Language requirement.

American Sign Language is a language that is used among the Deaf community throughout the United States and Canada. It is a unique language containing all the grammatical rules that are found in any language; however in ASL, the grammar of the language is shown through facial grammar (expression).

Special notes: ASL courses do not require a placement exam. An in person placement test is available for students who have experience with ASL, but is not required for students wanting to start with A100. ASL is not available to freshmanstudents,but can be started in the sophomore year. For questions regarding placement tests and course permissions, please contact Joe Murray.

Course sequence

Students practice signing in class on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

A100: American Sign Language

Level one

Introductory sign language course for students with no previous experience with sign language. Builds a good basic vocabulary of signs, teaches fingerspelling, introduces basic aspects of the grammar and the proper use of facial expression in sign language conversation. Students are also exposed to Deaf culture.

Students practice signing in class on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

A150: American Sign Language

Level two

Prerequisite A100. Continues building receptive and expressive abilities. Puts emphasis on the use of signing space, facial grammar, body postures, fluent finger spelling, and continued vocabulary development. More complex grammatical structures are introduced.

Students practice signing in class on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

A200: American Sign Language

Level three

Prerequisite A150. Emphasizes the development of conversational ability. Examines complex grammatical structures, with emphasis on ability to use these structures in conversation. Readings, videos, and discussion cover characteristics of the Deaf population and their cultural values.

Students practice signing in class on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

A250: American Sign Language

Level four

Prerequisite A200. Students will expand upon acquired skills learned in previous levels of ASL and demonstrate skills in both a) receptive and b) expressive aspects relating to the lexical body and the grammatical features of American Sign Language appropriate to ASL Level Four.

Woman using sign language with projection screen behind her

S415: Seminar in Speech and Hearing Science Topic

Level Five

Prerequisite A250. Students will utilize their receptive and expressive skills and focus on acquisition of ASL comprehension skills. Students will begin to transfer classroom ASL skills to non-classroom conversational experiences.

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