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Conversational American Sign Language (ASL) 2017


Enhance your understanding of interpersonal communication and learn a popular language with Conversational American Sign Language (ASL).

Intro ASL

June 26 - August 7, 2017

Will not meet July 3

Mondays 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Stillwater Public Library



Early register through June 13: $89
Late register after June 13: $109

This non-credit, introductory class is intended for the general public. Each class will include vocabulary, stories, and information about Deaf culture. Students will work with the instructor and peers during class activities to enhance their learning experience. Deaf culture lessons will be voiced to ensure full understanding. Exercise participation during the class is intended to measuring learning progression. Outside activities and assignments will help put into practice what students learn during class. Learners will be expected to think about the concepts of the English language and apply them to ASL accurately. Attendance is crucial to learning the language.

During class, opportunities will be given for students to voice concerns, and request clarification. Instructor will provide background information on why signs are what they are. Deaf culture lectures will be voiced. Outside activities will put into practice what is learned within the classroom. Learners will be expected to think about the concepts of the English language, for instance what we mean by what we say, then apply this to ASL by accurately conveying the equivalent meaning. Attendance is crucial to learning!

Time permitting, this course will cover chapters 1 to 9 in the textbook.


A Basic Course in
American Sign Language
2nd Edition

$18 - $37 = Book not included in registration. 


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Recommended book (in addition)
The American Sign Language Phrase Book

$17 - $25 = Book not included in registration.




Taylor Woodall
OK State QAST certified

Taylor is a sign language interpreter. She works at Oklahoma State University and in the community. She has been involved in the Deaf community since 2012.

Ms. Woodall’s bachelor’s degree is in American Studies with a minor in American Sign Language. She is a master’s candidate in International Studies with a focus on Human Development and Education. Following graduation, Ms. Woodall plans to pursue a PhD in Social Foundations of Education where her research will be focusing on both Deaf and hearing students and how culture and life experiences outside of the school setting impact education attainment.

At OSU, Ms. Woodall works as a teaching assistant for American Sign Language, levels 1-4, Interpreting Ethics, and ASL Linguistics. Starting in the fall of 2016 she will be teaching a section of ASL 1 along with colleague and lead professor of ASL and interpreter, Sandie Busby. Ms. Woodall also mentors students and future interpreters to assist them in becoming certified or to improve their certification. Ms. Woodall is working towards national certification as well.

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Logan Evans
Teacher's Assistant

Logan Evans was born Deaf and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently he is studying Liberal Arts at Oklahoma State University as well as a minor in American Sign Language. Logan will pursue a master’s degree in International Studies with a focus on education. Upon completing his master’s
degree, Logan will work toward becoming an ASL professor at Oklahoma State University.


Course Supported By:
OSU Arts & Science Outreach & Stillwater Public Library

Course Objectives
Learners are introduced to Deaf Culture as it is related to the chapters. Learners study the language through lessons presented in context and through meaningful and experiential activities. Learners will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • To demonstrate basic expressive and receptive skills in fingerspelling.
  • To demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate conceptually accurate signs.
  • To demonstrate the ability to initiate, conduct, and appropriately end a short conversation in ASL using conversational regulators.
  • To demonstrate the correct use of linguistic components of ASL.
  • To demonstrate awareness of Deaf Culture through contextual settings.
  • To demonstrate basic competency in the following: Topic-comment structure, numbers, usage of classifiers, making suggestions and requests, exchanging personal information, non-manual markers, and initiating and closing a conversation.

Brief Course Outline
Class will be conducted in sign language, with some voicing for questions and clarifications. Emphasis will be on conceptual accuracy of the language, fingerspelling, and classifiers.

Exams and Major Assignments
This is a noncredit course, so no quizzes or tests. Grades will not be assigned. It is expected that you will actively participate in the class dialogues.
Prerequisites and Support Courses
This class is general appropriate for those 14 and up.

Mode/Style of Teaching
This is a visual language and class attendance is crucial to learning the language. ASL makes use of space, is not linear, and requires understanding of language both abstract and concrete. Dialogues will be used in class to learn vocabulary as well as the linguistic aspects of American Sign Language. Learners will be actively involved in classroom activities to learn the language. There will also be some lecture done in voice. Learners will also be asked to think about the English language, what do the words we use really mean—then this will translate into what concept we want to use in ASL to show equivalent meaning. ASL is based on concepts, what is it that we mean to say. This will also engage the learner to think about the language they use, the sign they select, and how they set up time and space to convey accurate conceptual meaning.

Other Options (Silent Events)
Learners will be encouraged to attend some of the Silent Dinners to use what they have learned in the classroom. There may also be other options available to put into practice what is learned.

Policy on Attendance
Attendance: ASL is a visual, spatial language which is not easily learned from a book, therefore attendance in class is critical. Activities and dialogue will enable learners to internalize the vocabulary and then be able to converse with other students and apply to in class activities. Learners will be expected to be prepared for class by reading the chapter and coming with questions. Active learning will enhance the experience in the classroom. Dialogues and projects will help learners show what they know, but the real test is out in the community conversing with the Deaf. By holding meaningful conversations with them, one is retaining the information learned in class and is better equipped to continue learning from the Deaf community.

Drop/Refund Policy
In the event you cannot attend the course, a 100% refund is available through 8 a.m. on the Monday of the week prior to class start date. A 50% refund is available through Friday at 5 p.m. No refund on class day. Email or call for more information on dropping and adding non-credit classes offered through OSU Arts & Sciences Outreach.

If you have any disabilities and you need accommodation please contact Student Disability Services at 405.744.7116.

For more information
Christine Nichols
Program Coordinator
OSU Arts & Sciences Outreach
213 Life Sciences East
Stillwater, OK 74078-3017




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  • Arts & Sciences Outreach is located in the A&S Student Success Center
  • on the 2nd floor of Life Sciences East.
  • 213 Life Sciences East, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078
  • Phone: 405.744.5647 | Fax: 405.744.6992 |