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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Seymour Joseph Institute of American Sign Language | Evaluated Learning Experience

American Sign Language Idioms, Literature and Poetry - ASL 104

Formerly American Sign Language 104
84 hours (14 weeks).
Various locations throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

February 1995 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: use the language proficiently and accurately on all levels normally pertinent to professional needs; understand and participate in any conversation with a high degree of proficiency and precision of vocabulary; respond appropriately even in unfamiliar situations; informally interpret meaning from and into the language; and discuss in greater depth the cultural distinctions between the hearing and Deaf communities.


This advanced course deals with idioms and their translations into ASL and prepares students to enter interpreter education programs. Work on the interpretation of literature and poetry (both written and voiced) is provided. The course continues the integration of language development, linguistics, and Deaf awareness and culture. Topics include: idioms; interpretation; ASL literature and poetry; Deaf culture and community. Students prepare a 10-15 minute video on the pros and cons of education for the Deaf, do interpretation work in ASL literature and poetry, and engage in a language competency interview with the instructor. Prerequisite: American Sign Language 103 or permission of the Executive Director based on a screening process.

Credit recommendation: 
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in American Sign Language (3/96) (8/98) (7/03 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (10/13 revalidation).