ONLINE ASL Lit Course at Valencia Community College -- NOW!!!!
AlysseR at AOL.COM
AlysseR at AOL.COM
Thu Jul 20 15:47:19 UTC 2006
Want to take a course in ASL Literature? Sign up for EDG 2935 Selected
Topics in Education: ASL Literature. The course starts Aug 28, you MUST
register with VCC by 8/11 -- my sister's birthday :)
If you're looking to get a head-start ... here's some helpful information.
First ... Valencia will have the required books -- but you could also order
any of them from the publishers or from Amazon.com (or even get them used!)
The 3 texts you must read are
Rutherford, S. (1993). A study of American deaf folklore. Burtonsville, MD:
(read it by mid September; $23.00 new; $13.00 used)
Eastman, G. C. (1997). Sign me Alice & Laurent Clerc: A profile—two deaf
plays. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress.
(read it by the first part of October; $11.00 new; $6.00 used)
Valli, Clayton. ASL Poetry: Selected Works of Clayton Valli. Video. San
Diego: Dawn Pictures, 1995.
(watch it by the end of October; $50.00 new; ? used)
By the way, you're not trying to memorize these, just read for general
content and ... well, for fun! :)
RECOMMENDED, but not REQUIRED ... If you could beg, borrow, or buy :) --
stealing's bad! -- a copy of
Peters, C. (2000). Deaf American literature from carnival to the canon.
Washington, D.C: Gallaudet University Press, you'll be really glad you did. ($63
new; $50 used)
If money's impossibly tight, make friends with your local Library :)
Second ... Course assessments: You'll complete 2 exams, one big project,
and participate in weekly discussions. All online! No driving.
The majority of the literature we'll study will be performed in ASL. We'll
be looking at few printed works in the majority language, and some Deaf View
/ Image Art. But mostly, it's sign language works in fables, folklore,
jokes, legends, myths, tall tales, narratives, plays & theatrical performances,
film & television, & poetry. Several publishers have given me permission to
use some (or ALL) of their videos in the class. You will NOT need to purchase
Eyeth or Golden Legacy or Deafology 101 or ... :) ... well, better not tell
you ALL the surprises in one email.
We're going to reflect on:
What is literature?
What is Deaf literature?
What is it's past, present, and future?
Who has the "right" to create literature for the Deaf?
Can culture, language, and literature be separated?
What constitutes "good" (or "bad") literature?
If plots, characters, and settings motivate American literature, what drives
and a bunch more stuff like that. :)
We're also going to create a unique capstone (culminating project) that
will be tailored to your special interest area ... i.e. teaching, interpreting,
creative arts, Deaf Ed, Special Ed, etc. So when you leave the class,
you'll leave with something that you can start USING right away!
If you've got any questions, feel free to email me back (_AlysseR at aol.com_
(mailto:AlysseR at aol.com) , works best when school's not in session) or give me
a call at 321-354-9952 (home).
Oh, and if you're already registered, please let me know whether or not you
would like to attend an OPTIONAL face-to-face orientation. If there's enough
interest, I'll set one up.
I'll hold virtual office hours (TBA) throughout the semester, too.
Third ... this Valencia link will walk you through EVERYTHING you need to
know to make the software (WebCT6) work for you.
Plus, VCC has 24/7 online and telephone support for using WebCT. Even if
you've had WebCT classes in the past, go through this anyway, there are some
changes in the new version -- its MUCH easier to use! :)
Lastly, I am VERY excited about teaching this course. This course will be
work -- but it's going to be a BLAST, too. We'll have self-help areas where
you can get assistance with anything that's unclear.
PS ... feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.
Associate Faculty Instructor, ASL
Valencia Community College
P. O. Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802-3028
Alysse Lemery Rasmussen
TeachASL _www.teachasl.org_ (http://www.teachasl.org/)
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