Courses of Study: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages)

Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages), Grade 9 - 12, American Sign Language Level II, 2006

1.) Use learned target language vocabulary and phrases, including giving and responding to a series of commands, asking and answering questions, providing directions and instructions, and stating preferences and opinions to interact in a variety of situations.

2.) Interpret culturally authentic narratives in the target language about new and familiar topics.

•  Identifying specific linguistic aspects of American Sign Language
Examples: lexicalized signs, multiple meanings, plurals, time indicators

•  Identifying story structure
Examples: setting, plot, characters, conflict

•  Responding to prediction questions
3.) Create short presentations in the target language on a variety of topics using familiar and newly acquired vocabulary words and phrases and correct syntax and grammar.

Examples: skits, ABC stories, classifier stories, original poems, commercials

4.) Recite from memory skits, poems, short narratives, or songs in the target language using appropriate spacing, basic classifiers, and nonmanual grammatical signals.

5.) Describe social practices within cultures where the target language is used.

Examples: club events, sporting events, celebrations, traditions

6.) Explain basic social, economic, and political institutions of the target culture.


- social--Deaf Clubs;

- economic--National Fraternal Society of the Deaf (NFSD);

- political--World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

7.) Relate information learned in other school subjects, including political issues, social issues, and educational concerns, to the target culture.


- political issues--Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public policy;

- social issues--oral-sign communication, cochlear implants;

- educational concerns--residential versus inclusion, Deaf Child Bill of Rights

8.) Compare vocabulary usage, grammatical structures, and idiomatic expressions of the target language with other signed systems and with English.

9.) Compare social interactions in a variety of cultural settings with those of the target culture.

Examples: maintaining eye contact, pointing, hugging, touching

10.) Describe typical activities and events of the target language community.

Examples: performances, sporting events, Deaf Club meetings, residential alumni meetings, pageants

11.) Communicate in a variety of ways with speakers of the target language on topics of interest.

Examples: writing letters and e-mail correspondence, conducting interviews