Welcome! We’re glad you have an interest in the ASL program here at Brigham Young University. American Sign Language provides a powerful form of communication and comes with its own rich history and culture. BYU offers many courses to prepare students to involve themselves in the Deaf community. While there is no ASL minor at BYU, a language certificate program is currently in development and is coming soon.
On this website you will find information regarding courses, faculty, community and club events, and resources to help you progress in your ASL proficiency.
If you are interested in a language-immersion environment to enhance your proficiency, considering applying to live at the ASL House. For more information, visit flsr.byu.edu.
LANGUAGE LEARNING COURSES
Toggle ItemASL 101: First Year ASL Part 1
ASL 101 is an introductory course to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This class focuses on receptive and expressive skills at an introductory level. This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge to ASL.All of our courses are language immersive classes. Teachers and students will only use ASL to communicate with each other.This class is offered each semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
1. Exchange information about self and family with others.
2. Describe basic daily activities and preferences.
3. Introduce basic aspects of ASL storytelling.
4. Identify general characteristics of Deaf culture.
5. Recall important events in American Deaf history.
Toggle ItemASL 102: First Year ASL Part 2
ASL 102 is the second introductory course to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This class focuses on developing receptive and expressive skills, founded in 101, along with developing an understanding of Deaf Culture.Classes use an immersive approach. All instruction and communication will be done in ASL.This class is offered each semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
1. Be able to converse naturally using selected vocabulary.
2. Explain daily routines and time concepts.
3. Describe appearance of others using classifiers.
4. Be able to develop and use appropriate classifiers.
5. Make basic person requests.
6. Be able to develop and use appropriate ASL structure.
7. Discuss various occupations of family members.
8. Be able to identify and explain selected culture rules.
9. Be able to answer questions about selected films.
10. Compare and contrast Deaf and hearing cultures.
Toggle ItemASL 201: Second Year ASL Part 1
ASL 201 is the first intermediate course to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This class focuses on grammatical principles and description along with getting involved with the Deaf community.Classes use an immersive approach. All instruction and communication will be done in ASL.This class is offered each semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
1. Narrate various life experiences and events.
2. Increase use and understanding of classifiers.
3. Make suggestions and requests.
4. Discuss several aspects of Deaf history and culture.
Toggle ItemASL 202: Second Year ASL Part 2
This is the second intermediate course to American Sign Language. This course builds on any material learned in ASL 101 – 201.This course focuses on learning grammatical principles and refining how ASL is used. A focus of this class will be creating narrations, explaining rules for life and culture, improving classifiers, and exploring Deaf community issues.This class is offered every semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
1. Narrate unforgettable moments.
2. Illustrate interesting facts.
3. Explain rules and cultural customs.
4. Describe accidents and embarrassing situations.
5. Discuss in American Sign Language selected aspects of Deaf history and culture.
Toggle ItemASL 301: Advanced ASL and Culture
This is the first advanced course to American Sign Language. This course builds on any material learned in ASL 101 – 202.This course focuses on expressing concepts, thoughts, and ideas with more specific, nuanced vocabulary. This course refines signers sentence structure and will help students narrate on a variety of subjects at paragraph length discourse. This course has a cultural focus towards social oppression.This class is offered every semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
1. Be able to discuss the nature of culture and definitions of Deaf culture, Deaf community, and Deaf-World.
2. Be able to identify the basic values and beliefs of the Deaf culture.
3. Be able to discuss various educational and social issues affecting the Deaf community.
4. Be able to identify general characteristics of Deaf culture.
5. Be able to identify specific practices of Deaf people.
6. Be able to discuss the role of ASL and English in the community and in individual’s identity development.
7. Begin to understand the impact of deafness on various lives.
8. Become familiar with the basics of American Deaf history.
SKILLS AND CONVERSATION COURSES
Toggle ItemASL 111: Beginning Conversation
ASL 111 is a fingerspelling and conversation course.This course focuses on the development of receptive and expressive fingerspelling; along with how fingerspelling used in conversation. Improving conversational fluency and incorporating fingerspelling is the goal of this class.This class is a language immersion class. All communication will be done in ASL. This class is only offered in the Winter.
1. Fingerspell smoothly.
2. Identify and use various fingerspelling styles.
3. Read fingerspelling of various styles.
4. Identify the characteristics of lexicalization.
Toggle ItemASL 210: Fingerspelling and Numbers
Toggle ItemASL 211: Intermediate Conversation
ASL 211 is a numbers and conversation course.This course focuses on the incorporation of numerical signs and quantifying signs; along with how it is naturally used in conversation. The goal is to improve conversational fluency and to incorporate numerical signs.This class is a language immersion class. All communication will be done in ASL. This class is only offered in the Fall.
1. Sign numbers smoothly.
2. Identify and use various numbering styles.
3. Read fingerspelling of various styles.
4. Sign numbers with correct sign parameters.
Toggle ItemASL 311: Advanced Conversation (for FLSR students only)
ASL 311 is an advanced conversation course.This course will heavily focus on conversational topics and improving certain aspects of language use. This course is great for those who want to elevate their ability to sign. This course can be partnered with the Foreign Language Student Housing.This class is a language immersion class. All communication will be done in ASL. This class is offered every semester: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.
Toggle ItemASL 302: Deaf Literature
ASL/Deaf Literature focuses on famous and emerging types of literature in the Deaf community. Literary works that are explored are in a video format. This class explores the different types of literary styles in ASL.
1. Be able to discuss the literature of the Deaf community including both original ASL works and those translated from English.
2. Be able to discuss the number of literary forms including sign play, poems, stories, short stories, plays and Deaf folklore.
3. Be able to discuss the transition of ASL literary forms as well as selected creators and performers.
4. Become familiar with and be able to discuss in ASL specific literary works.
5. Be able to accurately discuss how Deaf literature reflects and reinforces Deaf-World values, beliefs and traditions.
Toggle ItemASL 320: History of Modern Deaf Culture
This course focuses on events and cultural issues throughout history that has created modern Deaf culture. The focus of this course is to analyze historical events and compare them with the issues and perspectives of current Deaf people.
Toggle ItemASL 431: Intro to ASL Linguistics
The focus of ASL linguistics is to dive into the research on ASL grammatical structures, sign formulation, and other linguistic principles in ASL. This course will analyze different videos and signers for different language features. This class is only offered in the Fall.
Toggle ItemASL 432: Exploration of ASL Interpreting
This ASL/English interpreting class aims to prepare students to take the Utah State Novice Level Written Exam. Along with exploring the theories of interpreting, students will also develop interpreting skills. This class is only offered in the Winter.
1. Students will be able to make a decision about continuing in the interpreting profession.
2. Students will be able to use the Code of Professional Conduct to make ethical decisions related to interpreting.
3. Students will develop novice-level skills in a variety of interpreting settings: educational, medical, governmental, legal, corporate, etc.
4. Students will demonstrate understanding of various interpreting models and processes.
Welcome to the BYU ASL Club! This club is dedicated to helping students improve their skills in American Sign Language, as well as immerse them in the Deaf Community. Each month we have activities designed to help students reach their goals in sign language. We are also currently looking forward to our annual Silent Weekend, held in the Fall Semester. For more information, click on a link below.