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Course ID: SLG202
Title: American Sign Language IV
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 4.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 13215

Term: Summer I 2014

Start Date: 7/7/2014

Weeks: 12

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Angela Van Tongeren

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Important Note: You need a Webcam for recording and uploading required videotaped assignments to the Web via YouTube. You will find detailed instructions regarding how to submit the assignments within the course.

These same materials are used for SLG201, so you do not need to purchase them again if you already have them from the previous level.

Required Textbook and DVD:

Textbook and DVD: Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills: Narratives for Practice
Author: Scheetz
ISBN: 9780558499921

It is recommended that you purchase a sign language dictionary. Here are a couple of good options:

  • Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary by Elaine Costello
  • American Sign Language Dictionary by Martin L. Sternberg

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Advanced American Sign Language skills including continued vocabulary. Emphasis on conversational techniques in a cross-cultural framework. Continued work on conceptual accurate signing of English idioms and words with multiple meanings.
Official Course Prerequisites
SLG201 with a grade of C or better, or permission of Department or Division. Suggested but not required: (ENG101 or ENG107), SLG200, and (CRE101, or CRE111, or exemption by score on the reading placement test).  Completion of prerequisites within the last three years is required.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Recognize contact signing and its role in communicating with deaf persons.
  2. Apply expressive and receptive mastery of grammatical features of American Sign Language (A.S.L.) at an advanced level: sentence types, time, pronominalization, verbs, classifiers in specific commands, questions, and statements.
  3. Apply expressive and receptive mastery of targeted lexicon.
  4. Translate intermediate A.S.L. idioms into equivalent English phrases.
  5. Apply A.S.L. skills in communicating short stories, narratives, and dialogues at the advanced level.
  6. Initiate, conduct, and terminate spontaneous conversations of medium length in A.S.L.
  7. Demonstrate basic translation skills from English to A.S.L. and A.S.L. to English.

Course Requirements

To be eligible to pass this course, you must complete all graded assessments, you must submit a final essay that is your own independent work, and your score on the final written project, signed project, and dialog video must be at least 60%.

Remember that this is a four credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least four hours on course content and at least eight hours on homework for a total of at least twelve hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 855 possible points for this course.

Assignments Points
Syllabus Quiz 10 points
Pre-Test 10 points
Introduction video 20 points
Glossed stories

100 points

Quizzes 90 points
At-Home Midterm Exam 35 points
Midterm Dialogue Video 40 points
Deaf Culture Essay 60 points
Post-Test 10 points
Final Project 100 points
Final Dialogue Video 40 points
Total Points 855

Grading Scale

To be eligible to pass this course, you must complete all graded assessments, you must submit a final essay that is your own independent work, and your score on the final project and video must be at least 60%. In addition, the final course grade will be determined by the following scale:

Grade   Points
A 770 - 855
B 684 - 779
C 599 - 683
D 513 - 598
F 0 - 512

P/Z cutoff score = 599

The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points that are possible. It is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade that is higher than the grade that you have earned by your total points.


The At-Home Midterm Exam is completed online on your own personal computer. The due dates calendar on your course homepage indicates the deadline for your At-Home Midterm. Submit the At-Home Midterm only once. A resubmission may result in a grade of zero for that assignment.

Though there is no written final exam for this course, there is a Final Project. See Lesson 12 for details.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

Extra Credit

There are no extra-credit assignments for this class. The scheduled assignments and exams are sufficient to test your understanding of the materials presented in the course.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to the due date. You can request a due date change using the “Modify Due Dates” feature from the “Due Dates” tab in the Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

Graded assessments will be submitted online via the link that is found at the end of each lesson. Complete the assignments in order. Do not skip ahead to future lessons without successfully completing the assessments from the previous lessons.

The assessments are to be submitted only once. Resubmissions without prior instructor approval may result in a grade of zero for the assignment.

Note: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Academic Adjustment Needs & Disability Resources and Services

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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