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American Sign Language II

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  • 3 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 01/11/2022


This course is designed to cointinue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills. Vocabulary, semantic, classifiers, pluralization, and temporal aspects, beginning grammatical non-manual signals are introduced to develop conversational skills. Elements of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.(F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in SIGN 161
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a wider vocabulary base.
  2. Expand their understanding and use of grammatical aspects including facial markers, quantifiers and pluralization, conjunctions, verb inflection, and  basic classifier use.
  3. Identify various sentence types, such as comparative, conditional, and rhetorical.
  4. Receptively translate signed ASL sentences to proper written English form.
  5. Increase fluency in the use of dactylology and ASL numbering
    advance in both receptive and expressive skills.
  6. Analyze a story/paragraph using appropriate ASL concepts



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 5%


Quizzes 95%
Additional Information

Students will be expected to be familiar with the materials covered in previous classes.  Any questions or difficulties should be brought to the attention of the instructor.

Weekly quizzes will consist of vocabulary, sentences, and paragraphs which the student will be required to interpret from ASL to written English.  Students are also responsible for grammatical information from the text.

Failure to turn in each week's DVD supplemental completed and on time will result in a five point penalty for the week's quiz score.

Interaction Log/Journal:  Students will keep a journal/log of interaction hours as outlined below.

The Sign Language curriculum at Lansing Community College requires that all students fulfill and document 16 hours outside of regular class meeting times.  Students will be responsible for locating and setting up their own events according to their schedules.  They should look at these experiences not only as skill builders but also as a way of gaining exposure to the field of interpreting and Deaf culture in general.  Students will be required to provide documentation of 16 such hours.  One (1) point will be given for each hour for a total of 16 points.  Students will also be required to buy a notebook and keep a journal of events.

In the case that a student is taking two (2) or more SIGN classes concurrently, they may use the same event for each class. Please contact your instructor(s) with questions.


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Extra Credit

Extra Credit is not available for this course.

Late Tests & Assignments

Late Tests and Assignments must be made up within one class period, please contact instructor.

Class Attendance/Participation


Institutional Policies


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-5323.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations are put in place as soon as possible.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  Faculty or staff may refer you to an ASC for help if you are not doing well in a class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Anyone who enters campus must follow the safety measures outlined on the Keeping LCC Safe webpage. Reports of noncompliance with current work safety rules and public health orders will be sent to the Student Compliance Office for action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For rules and procedures on matters such as Academic Calendar, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Appeals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach.

Additional Items

Course Specific Information

The students will notice that the videotapes, books, tutors and instructors may vary in formation and choice of signs. Please bear in mind that American Sign Language is rich and complex, with many options for conveying a message. The students should become open to this concept, and familiarize themselves with all of the variations, including regional signs used in their community.

If you are taking this course for your own personal enjoyment and may not be able to attend most of the sessions, it is recommended that you audit the course.

Technology Use: The following statement may be found in the LCC Course Schedule Book for the current semester:

Students should be prepared to use computer technology in their coursework, including gaining regular access to the D2L course site associated with each class. Every section at LCC has a D2L site associated with it that may be used by the instructor as a mandatory part of the class. D2L can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and Web browsing software, including computers in the Learning Commons Computer Lab in the TLC Building. Student D2L

Orientation training is available online.


Detailed Outline of Course Content and Sequencing

  1. Week 1 - Introductions, Syllabus Overview, Review from SIGN 161, Start Lesson 15
  2. Week 2 - Lesson 15, Activities
  3. Week 3 - Quiz, Lesson 16, Activities
  4. Week 4 - Quiz, Lesson 17, Activities
  5. Week 5 - Quiz, Lesson 18, Activities
  6. Week 6 - Quiz, Lesson 19, Activities
  7. Week 7 - Quiz, Lesson 20, Activities, Journal Due
  8. Week 8 - Quiz, Lesson 21, Activities
  9. Week 9 - Lesson 22, Activities
  10. Week 10 - Quiz, Lesson 23, Activities
  11. Week 11 - Quiz, Lesson 24, Activities
  12. Week 12 - Quiz, Lesson 25, Activities
  13. Week 13 - Quiz, Lesson 26, Activities
  14. Week 14 - Quiz, Lesson 27, Activities
  15. Week 15 - Quiz, Lesson 28, Activities, Journal Due
  16. Week 16 - Course wrap-up and evaluation