Syllabus in Teaching American Sign Language (ASL)

The syllabi of sign language courses vary among programs in colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.

As ASL classes have been quickly growing popular since the 1980s, a curriculum for teaching students ASL as a second language (L2) was developed and standardized for a higher quality of instruction and learning -- Learning Outcomes for American Sign Language Skills Levels 1-4.

A syllabus basically includes the following:

ASL 101/111 + ASL 102/112 syllabus

General description: An introduction to American Sign Language and its Deaf culture and community... to develop communicative competency and receptive and expressive skills...

Instructor: (this section contains an instructor's name, contact information, etc).

Course materials: (this contain a textbook, course materials, etc). The student workbook Signing Naturally currently is a common ACTFL-standard textbook on the market.

Evaluations (credit course): this section contain information about the evaluations which may consist of assignments, projects, journals, presentations, tests, quizzes, mid-term exams, oral exam (communicative competency), and/or final exam.

Grading: This contain information on an educational institution's grading system. E.g. A for 90-100%, B for 89-80% and so on.


Kim Brown Kurz, Phd; Marty M. Taylor, PhD. Learning Outcomes for American Sign Language Skills Levels 1-4. Download this document in the public domain at

Wilcox, Sherman; Wilcox, Phyllis Perrin (1997). Learning to See: Teaching American Sign Language as a Second Language (second edition). Gallaudet University Press.

Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely Charlotte (1980). American Sign Language: A Teacher's Resource Text on Curriculum, Methods, and Evaluation. Gallaudet University Press.

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