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"American Sign Language 4" Syllabus (ASLU)
Level 4 of the ASL University course series. Students continue learning American Sign Language, vocabulary, sentences, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture.
"Dr. Bill" (William G. Vicars, Ed.D.) [Contact Information]
Turn in at least one assignment per week to be considered "progressing."
Turn in everything at least 2 weeks prior to when you need your course documentation.
Choose your own due dates to match your local school schedule or other needs.
Level 4 Lesson Links: 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60
Level 4 Instructional Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt_hhjk6QKw&list=PL6akqFwEeSpgI1uukfFiKLCIQzP4nd2yx
Level 4: Quizzes Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoSZTuVrsuD6BokWGcGq-XfhJH8b5r_jk
Level 4: Practice cards: ASL 4 Practice Cards (.doc)
Links to Quiz Videos:
Quiz 46 Video
Quiz 47 Video
Quiz 48 Video
Quiz 49 Video
Quiz 50 Video
Unit 10 Test
Quiz 51 Video
Quiz 52 Video
Quiz 53 Video
Quiz 54 Video
Quiz 55 Video
Unit 11 Test
Quiz 56 Video
Quiz 57 Video
Quiz 58 Video
Quiz 59 Video
Quiz 60 Video
Unit 12 Test
Culture Test 50 Research Paper
Email to your instructor
Send a link to your instructor
Take with proctor (see instructions)
How to get an "A":
1. Go through lessons 46 through 60 at Lifeprint.com. Click on the various links in each lesson, learn the vocabulary and review the sentences.
2. Watch the instructional video for each lesson (the videos where Dr. Vicars is sitting at a table with a student and teaching the student one-on-one)
Or go to youtube.com/billvicars then find and click on the "Level 4" playlist.
3. Watch the "official" quiz video for each lesson and type out your answers. See the quiz links above.
4. Submit your quiz answers via https://canvas.instructure.com/login/canvas (See the "Welcome Email" for a link and instructions how to access this site. If you haven't received your Welcome email yet, email ASLUniversity@aol.com )
Tip: Keep a backup copy of ALL your quiz answers until you receive your final grade and documentation.
5. Do your video project, upload it to youtube.com and email me the link AFTER having a friend verify that the link works: INSTRUCTIONS If you don't want to upload it to youtube you can instead send it to me via email. Google "Send large files by email" and use one of the free trials available online that let you send massive files via an email link.
6 Request to take the final exam by sending your proctor's contact information to me: INSTRUCTIONS
7. Upon completion of 15 lesson quizzes, 3 Unit Exams, a culture test, a research paper, a video project, and a proctored receptive final exam (at 70% or better) email your instructor and request your course documentation.
Scale: 100-95%=A, 90 = A-, 87=B+, 84=B, 80=B-, 77=C+, 74=C, 70=C-, 67=D+, 64=D, 60=D-, 59=F.
Lifeprint is full of various practice quizzes and materials. Do not confuse any of the "practice quizzes" with your "Official" registered student quizzes. Go through the practice quizzes if you'd like, but you will need to watch the "Official" quiz videos for your level. See the links above.
For instructions, see: "Research Paper Instructions"
or go to: https://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/researchpaper.htm
Create a video wherein you briefly indicate who you are, warn the viewers that you are an ASL student making this video for practice, and then give instructions on how to do something (such as play a game, make something, build something, fix something, etc.) Make sure you use "at least" 30 decent sentences covering a variety of signs. Preferably use signs that you learned in ASL 4 however feel absolutely free to use other signs learned from reputable sources online (such as native Deaf signers). Do your best on it. If there is an issue you will be given feedback and asked to redo it.
The "Final Exam" is a proctored examination (that means someone trustworthy needs to be there to watch you take the exam according to the rules). You watch a video of me signing various sentences and you type out what you see me signing. Take the receptive final exam after you have turned in your quizzes. You must earn a score of 70% or better on this test to pass this course. If you can't pass the final exam you will get an "F" for this course since it is obvious you were sliding by on "open book" quizzes. STUDY and REVIEW if you want to pass the Final Exam.
When you are ready, send your instructor an email with a subject line like: "ASLU 4: YOUR NAME, Final Exam Request."
Include in the email the full name, title or position, and email address of a responsible adult who will function as your proctor. Choose a proctor that you could prove is responsible and impartial in case a future school ever questions your completion certificate. Upon getting your email I will contact your proctor and will provide him or her with instructions and a link to the Final Exam video.
Take the test with the proctor in the room making sure you do not use any books, websites, or other external material. The test is a video. On the video you will see me signing various sentences to you. Type out the sentences in English or just string the ASL signs together (as long as it is clear that you understand the concept of what I'm signing you will get the points). You may pause and rewind the video as many times as you would like. If you miss even a single concept or change the meaning of the sentence you may miss the whole sentence so practice hard and don't try to bluff your way through this test.
The sentences are similar to those in the practice sheets in the lessons. It is important for you to do the practice sheets throughout the course so you will be able to do well on your receptive final. These sentences may not be exactly the same as the ones on the website (but the vocabulary is the same) so pay attention to each sign in the sentence. When you get done, have your proctor email your answers to me along with your first and last name.
This syllabus and the schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. All students are always expected to work independently on graded quizzes and/or assignments unless specifically directed otherwise by the instructor. Assignments turned in late for any reason may receive 0 credit. Penalties for cheating and plagiarism may include receiving an F for a particular assignment, an F for the course, or expulsion from the program or university. Upon identifying themselves to the instructor and the university, students with disabilities will receive reasonable accommodation for learning and evaluation. This syllabus and any later email communication from the instructor supersede whatever information you may find at the general ASLU website. Prepare ahead of time to have backup internet access in case your regular computer crashes. If your computer is prone to crashing, save your work often and submit it early. Dead computers are not an excuse for late work. If you are in doubt as to whether your email has gone through, send a separate email with the subject line "*** ASLU- Reply requested. First Name, Last Name". Keep a backup copy of all submissions until the end of the course and your grade has been received.
You can do this. I have near infinite patience. I love teaching and explaining. If you have questions, ask in class or just email them to me and I'll get back to you within 48 hours. If you think I've overlooked your email, feel free to send your question again I won't feel bothered--rather I'll be grateful for the communication. If there is something I can do to make the class better for you please do suggest it. This class may be one of your more challenging accomplishments but I know if you work hard and put in the time you will succeed.