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Beginning Sign to Voice

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  • 3 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 07/22/2022


Designed to increase the student's receptive skills in conversational sign language focusing on comprehension of the various manual communication systems utilized by deaf persons. Sign-to-voice techniques and practice will be introduced through use of prepared videotapes. Intended for students who plan to become sign language interpreters. (Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.0 in SIGN 163 or concurrently
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. Demonstrate competent receptive conversational sign language skills
  2. Verbalize signed stories in appropriate English
  3. Apply knowledge of signs to interpret from ASL to English
  4. Critique their own vocalizations, use of English grammar and word choices
  5. Determine best equivalent register choice for specific signs/phrases
  6. Expand memory to recall/process long chunks of information
  7. Recognize the "big picture"




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
Other 5%


Quizzes 90%
Reports/Presentations/Other 5%

Scripts/critiques of voicing exercises/Other

Additional Information

There will be weekly quizzes, which will consist of prepared videotape story with corresponding questions and memorization exercises.  Each quiz will be worth a varied number of points.

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.

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.


Students are shown a short story in ASL twice.  Students are then asked to write down everything they saw in the story using proper English grammar.  The instructor indicates exact information, which should appear in the paragraph: students receive one point for each piece of info.  This exercise is designed to improve memory skills.

After each activity is completed and the story has been discussed or clarified, one student will voice the entire story.  The student should pay attention to voice volume and inflection, English grammar, quasiverbal filler (um’s, uh’s, etc.)  The student video records him/herself then prepares a script of the voicing along with positive and negative comments.


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 and 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

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on 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 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 Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Stay home if you are sick! See the Keeping LCC Safe webpage for the most current information. 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.

Emergency Notifications and the Rave Guardian App

The College uses an emergency alert system to provide information on urgent situations such as power outages, weather emergencies, and other incidents related to the safety and security of those on campus.  Therefore, it is important that we have the correct contact information on file. To review and update your contact information for those alerts, go to myLCC, School Tab, Student eToolbox, and click on “Emergency Notification System.”  After reviewing and agreeing to the terms of use for Rave alerts, you will be directed to your personal dashboard, where you can review, update, confirm, and test the phone numbers and email addresses on file.  Students with a mobile/cell number on file will receive text alerts. If you made updates to your contact information, please also go to the Banner Self Service Personal Information tab to update your contact information in Banner.

You may also want to download the Rave Guardian app which has features to enhance your safety on and off campus.  For more information, see the Public Safety website.

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.

Tutoring sessions are a HIGHLY recommended part of SIGN 167. The additional practice is essential for your signing success.

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:  Introduction, Syllabus Overview, Voicing Tips, Explanation and Demonstration of Class Format, Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  2. WEEK 2:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  3. WEEK 3:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  4. WEEK 4:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  5. WEEK 5:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  6. WEEK 6:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  7. WEEK 7:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  8. WEEK 8:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  9. WEEK 9:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  10. WEEK 10:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  11. WEEK 11:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  12. WEEK 12:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  13. WEEK 13:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  14. WEEK 14:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  15. WEEK 15:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework
  16. WEEK 16:  Activities, Quizzes, Homework