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Learning Recommendations:  Students are expected to have passed ASL 2 with a grade of a C- or better, or have completed an equivalent course from another educational institution, or score at a proficient level on the ISD standardized comprehension and cultural knowledge test.

General Description:  In ASL 3, emphasis is on expanding (1) grammatical understanding of ASL, (2) functional application of ASL, (3) vocabulary, and especially (4) understanding and appreciation of the Deaf culture and Deaf community.

Content:  ASL 3 revisits content from units 10-12 of Signing Naturally (2014), as well as materials used from the A Basic Course in American Sign Language (ABC ASL) and units include vocabulary and grammatical structures relating to the topics of:

  • Making requests
  • Talking about family and occupations
  • Attributing qualities to others
  • describing and identifying things
  • Deaf history
  • Current Deaf events

Students increase their receptive and especially productive skills, increase understanding of Deaf culture and history, Storytelling, narratives, dialogues, and video production are used to increase performative competence.

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Skill and knowledge enhancement exercises
  • Finger spelling, numbers and core vocabulary review
  • Dialogues, modeling, copy-signing and performances       
  • Cultural and grammatical readings
  • Activities and small group work
  • Required out-of-class cultural experiences; Deaf community events


  • Fingerspelling drills
  • Video comprehension
  • Video production
  • Interpretation & translation practice
  • Vocabulary review
  • Essays on culturally relevant topics
  • Additional ASL- based assignments

Course Fee / Materials:  Writing utensils, paper, and internet connected device highly recommended.  Signing Naturally Student Workbook