ERIC Number: ED309651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Requirement? Why Not American Sign Language? ERIC Digests
A discussion focusing on whether American Sign Language (ASL) should be accepted in fulfillment of university foreign language requirements attempts to dispel misconceptions about the language; and to show that ASL can provide the same benefits as the study of more traditional foreign languages, including the opportunity to communicate in another language and to learn about a different culture. The discussion highlights the following common questions and misconceptions about ASL: (1) Isn't ASL just a derivative of English?; (2) If ASL is American, how can it be considered a foreign language?; (3) Is ASL an important international language?; (4) What kind of culture is associated with ASL?; (5) Does ASL have a body of literature?; and (6) Will acceptance of ASL cause declining enrollments in traditional foreign languages? Issues universities should consider when choosing to accept ASL to fulfill the graduation requirement include curriculum design, teacher qualifications, student evaluation, and program location. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.