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

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

1.) Apply the target language to support and defend opinions and preferences, to propose and support solutions to issues and problems, and to express needs and desires, including the use of circumlocution, body language, and other creative means to convey and comprehend messages in all time frames.

2.) Interpret complex materials in the target language using learned structures and tenses.

•  Interpreting humor, irony, simile, and metaphor in authentic prose and poetry selections
3.) Create original prose and poetry presentations in the target language using appropriate vocabulary and learned structures and time frames.

Examples: stories, poems, dramatizations

4.) Relate the role of historic events to the development of the target culture.

Examples: French influence on American Sign Language, Civil Rights Act and its influence on special education, debates of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Gallaudet regarding oral versus manual approach

5.) Trace cultural developments of the target culture.

Examples: expressive art forms, contemporary or historical issues

6.) Describe linguistic features and literary styles of prose and poetry found in the target language and in English.

•  Identifying major deaf and hearing authors
Examples: Henry Kisor, Carol Padden, Leah Cohen, Cheryl Heppner

•  Identifying interpreted poetry and its English equivalent
Example: "The Raven" and "Jabberwocky"

•  Compare the complex elements of the target language and English.
Examples: vocabulary, linguistic features used to express various time frames and moods, figurative language, multiple meanings

8.) Describe similarities and differences that exist within a target culture.

•  Explaining how members of the target culture view the majority culture
•  Describing local, regional, and national differences of the target language
9.) Create authentic activities for a target culture event.

Examples: signed skits, songs, art displays

10.) Use language skills and cultural knowledge for practical life applications.

Examples: participating in Deaf Clubs or American Sign Language Clubs; attending local, regional, or state events sponsored by the Deaf community