Welcome to CmDis/Ling
Communicating with the Deaf
In this course, you will learn to
communicate with the deaf people using
signing. Other topics covered include types, causes, and consequences of
hearing loss, hearing technology (hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and
cochlear implants), education of hearing-impaired children, Deaf culture, and
the history of manual communication.
This is an on-line course (delivered exclusively over the Internet) designed to
impart basic skills in the use and understanding of Signed English (SE), Signed
Pidgin English (SPE), and American Sign Language (ASL) using video clips
and text. SE, SPE, and ASL are different ways of signing. All of them use the
same signs and, therefore, you will be learning only one set of about 600 signs
useful for everyday communication. The three ways of signing differ in
sentence construction. SE is useful for communication with young deaf
children (or children with intellectual or cognitive disabilities such as children
with Down syndrome or autism) who are learning English as well as signing.
SPE and ASL are more appropriate when communicating with deaf adults.
There are 45 lessons in this course. Each lesson will take approximately 45 to
60 minutes to complete (including quizzes associated with each lesson).
Here you can review the lessons. Tests and quizzes are accessible only to students registered for the class. Tests and quizzes are administered on Blackboard, Iowa State University's platform for delivering online courses.
Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Test #1)
Lessons 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 (Test #2)
Lessons 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 (Test #3)
In addition to the three tests, you will complete three quizzes for each lesson
You will also watch two videos on your own
Sound and Fury and Sound and Fury: Six Years Later
After the successful completion of this course, you will be:
1 Familiar with the American English Manual Alphabet.
2 Familiar with the commonly used signs of the American Sign Language (ASL).
3 Able to communicate through finger spelling, Signed English, and Signed Pidgin English.
4 Knowledgeable in the history of the development of manual communication and ASL and Deaf culture.
5 Acquainted with the types, causes, and consequences of hearing impairment and with deaf culture.
6 Aware of the differences between Manual English (ME), Signed Pidgin English (SPE), and ASL and when to use each of these forms of communication.