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World Languages Curriculum American Sign Language Level 1
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Core Standards of the Course

Receptive Proficiency

Standard 01
The student will be able to recognize a signed introductory greeting. 2% (1 question)

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Objective 01.01
Recognize fingerspelled names.

Objective 01.02
Recognize personal pronouns - me, you, your, my/mine.

Objective 01.03
Recognize greetings.


Standard 02
The student will be able to recognize in a signed dialogue the exchange of personal information. 13% (5 questions)

Objective 02.01
Recognize different sentence structures - wh-q/#DO++ questions, yes/no questions, positive and negative statement.

Objective 02.02
Recognize cardinal and ordinal number.

Objective 02.03
Recognize non-manual markers - asserting, confirming, and correcting.

Objective 02.04
Recognize classifiers representing people.

Objective 02.05
Recognize school and other personal information signs.


Standard 03
The student will be able to recognize signed explanations of directions and locations within school environment. 10% (4 questions)

Objective 03.01
Recognize different sentence structures - topic/comment format, non-manual markers for distance.

Objective 03.02
Recognize room numbers.

Objective 03.03
Recognize spatialization - real world orientation and signer's perspective.

Objective 03.04
Recognize directional classifiers.

Objective 03.05
Recognize school location signs.


Standard 04
The student will be able to recognize signed explanations of living environments and transportation. 13% (5 questions)

Objective 04.01
Recognize where people live.

Objective 04.02
Recognize loan signs.

Objective 04.03
Recognize classifiers related to modes of transportation.

Objective 04.04
Recognize housing and transportation signs.


Standard 05
The student will be able to recognize signed explanations of family relationships. 15% (6 questions)

Objective 05.01
Recognize sentence structure - ranking, pronoun indexing, possessive pronouns, and negation.

Objective 05.02
Recognize numbers relating to age.

Objective 05.03
Recognize family signs.


Standard 06
The student will be able to recognize signed dialogue of activities, recreation, and hobbies. 15% (6 questions)

Objective 06.01
Recognize sentence structure - WHAT-DO questions and sequencing.

Objective 06.02
Recognize opinions relating to activities.

Objective 06.03
Recognize plural pronouns.

Objective 06.04
Recognize other common classifiers.

Objective 06.05
Recognize activity and recreation signs.

Objective 06.06
Recognize common time signs (i.e., yesterday, tomorrow, etc.)


Standard 07
The student will be able to recognize signed descriptions of personal attributes, characteristics, and personalities. 5% (2 questions)

Objective 07.01
Recognize comparing and contrasting sentence structure.

Objective 07.02
Recognize descriptive classifiers.

Objective 07.03
Recognize personal attributes, characteristics and personality signs.


Standard 08
The student will be able to recognize signed commands and requests. 10% (4 questions)

Objective 08.01
Recognize sentence structure - formal/informal registers.

Objective 08.02
Recognize regular, spatial, and inflected verbs.

Objective 08.03
Recognize locative classifiers.

Objective 08.04
Recognize commands and requests.


Standard 09
The student will be able to recognize signed explanations of communities, occupations, and places of employment. 10% (4 questions)

Objective 09.01
Recognize loan signs relating to places.

Objective 09.02
Recognize negation.

Objective 09.03
Recognize placement in a community (spatialization).

Objective 09.04
Recognize occupation signs and places of employment.

Objective 09.05
Recognize numbers relating to money.


Standard 10
The student will be able to recognize signed explanations of daily routines and time concepts. 7% (3 questions)

Objective 10.01
Recognize sentence structure in different tenses - past, present, and future.

Objective 10.02
Recognize numbers relating to time.

Objective 10.03
Recognize daily routines.

Objective 10.04
Recognize time signs (i.e., every morning, all-night, etc.)


Expressive Proficiency

Standard 01
The student will be able to introduce him or herself.

Objective 01.01
Introduce him or herself in a culturally appropriate way.

Objective 01.02
Use appropriate eye contact during conversation.

Objective 01.03
Demonstrate the following fingerspelling:

  1. Clear and correct handshapes.
  2. Smooth transition from letter to letter.
  3. No bouncing, throwing, etc.

Standard 02
The student will be able to exchange personal information.

Objective 02.01
Form questions concerning his/her personal information.

Objective 02.02
Answer questions concerning his/her personal information.


Standard 03
The student will be able to discuss and describe school surroundings.

Objective 03.01
Discuss or describe school surroundings.

Objective 03.02
Give directions using appropriate reference points when describing locations within the school or community.

Objective 03.03
Ask wh-questions such as who, what and where.

Objective 03.04
Demonstrate proper use of non-manual markers for distance showing inflection of degree (near, moderate, far).

Objective 03.05
Demonstrate proper way of giving directions from his/her perspective and receive directions from the signer's perspective.

Objective 03.06
Confirm and/or correct information concerning directions.


Standard 04
The student will be able to discuss transportation and describe where he/she lives.

Objective 04.01
Discuss and describe different types of transportation.

Objective 04.02
Discuss how he or she comes to school.

Objective 04.03
Discuss a variety of different living quarters and where they live.


Standard 05
The student will be able to discuss family relations.

Objective 05.01
Discuss family relations in a culturally appropriate way (i.e., parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles).

Objective 05.02
Demonstrate correct use of spatial reference to non-present people.

Objective 05.03
Demonstrate proper use of possessive and personal pronouns during conversation (i.e., me vs. my, she vs. her, etc.).

Objective 05.04
Demonstrate proper use of negative responses: NO, NOT, and NONE (including appropriate head movement).

Objective 05.05
Demonstrate the proper use of numbers.


Standard 06
The student will be able to discuss or describe daily activities and schedules.

Objective 06.01
Sign and describe a variety of activities (i.e., going to school, appointments, sports, parties, etc.).

Objective 06.02
Use days of the week and time signs (i.e., morning, afternoon, evening).

Objective 06.03
Demonstrate his/her preferences for activities (including appropriate facial expression).

Objective 06.04
Ask wh-questions, such as, “LAST NIGHT YOU DO-DO?”

Objective 06.05
Ask yes/no questions, such as, “FOOTBALL YOU ENJOY?”


Standard 07
The student will be able to give directions.

Objective 07.01
Give directions using appropriate reference points when describing locations within the school or community.

Objective 07.02
Demonstrate proper way of giving directions from his/her perspective and receiving directions from the signer’s perspective.

Objective 07.03
Use ordinal numbers correctly.

Objective 07.04
Confirm or correct information concerning directions.


Standard 08
The student will be able to describe outward appearance and personal qualities of others.

Objective 08.01
Describe appearance of another person, i.e., height, body type, and hair style.

Objective 08.02
Demonstrate color signs.

Objective 08.03
Use descriptive classifier signs for style and pattern of clothing.

Objective 08.04
Use comparison/contrastive structure.


Standard 09
The student will be able to make requests.

Objective 09.01
Give reasons and make requests.

Objective 09.02
Accept and decline help when another makes a request.

Objective 09.03
Demonstrate inflected forms of verbs.

Objective 09.04
Demonstrate money numbers.


Standard 10
The student will be able to discuss and describe occupations and family.

Objective 10.01
Sign a variety of occupations (using the agent marker) and work places.

Objective 10.02
Use loan signs and common fingerspelled abbreviations (i.e., fs-PO, #BANK, fs-IBM, #CO, etc.).

Objective 10.03
Incorporate age numbers.

Objective 10.04
Rank family members.


Standard 11
The student will be able to describe personal qualities of others.

Objective 11.01
Describe personal qualities of another person.

Objective 11.02
Demonstrate correctly contrastive structure using personal qualities.

Objective 11.03
Demonstrate appropriate use of numbers.

Objective 11.04
Express and contradict opinions.


Standard 12
The student will be able to tell time and discuss routines or schedules.

Objective 12.01
Tell time and discuss daily routines or schedules appropriately.

Objective 12.02
Demonstrate by listing activities for routines in chronological order.

Objective 12.03
Give reasons explaining why his/her plans have changed.

Objective 12.04
Demonstrate a wide variety of time signs.

Objective 12.05
Express concepts of BEFORE, AFTER, FINISH.

Objective 12.06
Incorporate wh-q/#DO++ usage when asking about schedules.


Deaf Culture Proficiency

Standard 01
The student will recognize Deaf Culture as unique and independent. 20% (8 questions)


Standard 02
The student will identify important people, dates, events, and places in Deaf history: Abbe de l'Epee, Laurent Clerc, Thomas Gallaudet, Alice Cogswell, Alexander Graham Bell, George Veditz, William Stokoe, I. King Jordan, Milan Conference, Gallaudet University, Deaf President Now Protest, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Law 504, Abraham Lincoln, and Hartford CT. 20% (8 questions)


Standard 03
The student will discuss the Deaf perspective of deafness and related terminology: Deaf, hard-of-hearing, hearing impaired (disabled/handicapped view), hearing (signed on forehead), deaf and dumb, deaf mute, CODA, and percentages relating to deafness. 5% (2 questions)


Standard 04
The student will identify and describe the importance of Deaf organizations: NAD (National Association of the Deaf), NFSD (National Fraternal Society of the Deaf), and NTD (National Theater of the Deaf). 5% (2 questions)


Standard 05
The student will differentiate the importance of arbitrary and descriptive name signs. 3% (1 questions)


Standard 06
The student will describe the various technological devices and services used by the Deaf and the ADA's involvement: Hearing aids, signaling devices, TTY, closed captioning, cochlear implants, relay services, and interpreting services (RID). 12% (5 questions)


Standard 07
The student will define the different methods of Deaf Education: Mainstreaming, residential, day school, oral methods, and total communication. 10% (4 questions)


Standard 08
The student will examine the appropriate etiquette involved in Deaf Culture: Negotiating a signing environment, clarifying conversation, conversational skills, cross cultural communication, and high context culture. 25% (10 questions)



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