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ASL 01 — Introductory American Sign Language

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Mar 22
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 31
Units: 2
Tuition: $495
Instructor(s): Cathy Haas
Limit: 26
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 18—Mar 22
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 31
2 Units
Cathy Haas
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual form of communication using hand gestures, body movement, and facial expressions. A language unto itself, ASL differs from English in grammar and syntax. In this course, students will learn the basic skills of communicating with people in ASL through lectures, discussions, and video presentations. Students will also be exposed to grammatical concepts, storytelling, and visual and gesture skills. The course will provide an introductory overview about American Deaf culture, with a special focus on the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. The course will also cover historical, social, and political aspects of ASL.

Cathy Haas, Lecturer in American Sign Language, Stanford

Cathy Haas has been at Stanford since the mid-1970s. She collaborated on research with Stanford’s Department of Psychology on the language and communication of Koko the gorilla. She has authored various papers about ASL and created an interactive video for the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Richard Tennant and Marianne Brown, The Amercian Sign Language Handshape Starter: A Beginner's Guide (ISBN 1-56368-130-7)