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Department of Education
ASL & Deaf Studies K-12 Curriculum Framework

Project Co-Coordinator
Laurene E. Gallimore

Department of Education
Gallaudet University
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The target audience of this curricula is teachers who teach or who will teach ASL as a first/primary language and/or as a second/foreign language. The goal of this project is to develop national level curriculum guidelines of American Sign Language for teaching first language users and second language learners from kindergarten to high school. The K-12 ASL Curriculum guidelines will help standardize the language instruction in schools serving both deaf and hearing populations in the United States.

This curriculum includes linguistic analysis of ASL grammar, components of ASL literature, Deaf Culture and assessments of students' ASL skills.

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American Sign Language and the "foreign language requirement" in Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

ASL Legislation Report. (2000, February 17). SIlver Spring , MD : ASLTA. Retrieved February 21, 2000 from the www: http//aslta.aslwebcom/national/legislative/index.html

Belka, R. (2000, Fall). Is American Sign Language a "Foreign" Language? NECTFL Review. Number 48, pp. 45-52.

Brod, R. and Huber, B. (1997). Foreign language enrollments in United States institutes of higher educaiton. Modern Language Association Bulletin, 28(2). p. 60

Center for APplied Linguistics. (1998, June 10). A national survey offoreign language instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Washington, DC.: Author. Retrieved APril 26, 1999 from the www:

Certification procedures and standards for professionals involved in teaching ASL. Retrieved september 25, 2000 , from the www:

Cooper, S.B. (1997). The Academic Status of Sign Language Programs in Institutions of HIgher Education in the US. Bell and Howell, Publication Number 9735644

Delgado, G.L. (1984, February). A survey of sign language instruction in junior and community collegs. American Annals of the Deaf. Silver Spring , MD : National Association of the Deaf

Emphasis in Teaching American Sign Language

Florida Department of Education Course Description - Grades 9-12, Adult: American Sign Language I

Florida Department of Education Course Description - Grades 9-12, Adult: American Sign Language II

Florida Department of Education Course Description - Grades 9-12, Adult: American Sign Language III

Florida Department of Education Course Description - Grades 9-12, Adult: American Sign Language IV (tentative)

Emphasis in Teaching American Sign Language

How Many People Use ASL?
and Other Questions Without Good Answers....
Ross E. Mitchell, Gallaudet Research Institute

Jacobowitz, E. L. (1996, Winter). State recognition of ASL as a foreign language. ASLTA QUarterly, 2. p.1

Matthews, T. (2001, Winter). Utal Foreign Language Enrollment. Utah Foreign Language Association Newsletter. Salt Lake City , Utah : The Utah Foreign Language Aossociation

The Modern Language Association of America Survey about ASL, 2002

Newll, W.J. (1994). A Job Analysis of Teaching ASL. Bell and Howell, Publication Number LD03041

Petersen, R. (1999) The perceptions of deafness and langauge learning of incoming ASL students. Bell and Howell, Publication Number 9925067

Peyton, J.K. (1998, Fall). ASL as a foreign language. The ERIC Review. 6. p.1

Prime Numbers. ( November 5, 1999 ). CHronicles of Higher Education XLVI, (11), p.5

Reagan, T. (2000, Fall). But does it count? Reflections on "Signing" as a foreign langauge. NECTFL Review. Number 48. pp. 15-26

Virginia Department of Education. (1998a). Framework for instruction in ASL in Virignia public schools. Richmond : Author. Available online (2000, March 5)

Wallinger, L. (2000, Fall). ASL instruction: Moving from protest to practice. NECTFL Review, Number 48. pp. 27-36

Wilcox, S. (2000, October 20). Universities that accept ASL in fulfillment of foreign language requirements. Retrieved Nov. 23, 2000 from the www:



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