AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) is not simply a set of hand-gestures for spelling or signing English words. Rather it has been shown to have the full linguistic structure of a complete natural language. Indeed it is the native tongue of many Deaf men and women and their children, whether hearing or not. It is a complex visual-spatial language used by the Deaf community in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. Not only is it a genuine language, it really is a foreign language distinct from English having its own literature and culture. Speakers of ASL probably number in the range of a half-million or more. ASL is one of the most commonly used languages in the U.S.
There is a high demand for interpreters and certified teachers of ASL. Job opportunities in this rapidly expanding profession have increased especially since the enactment of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Qualified Interpreters for the Deaf are employed by public and private agencies or institutions within education, social services, rehabilitation, medicine, mental health, criminal justice, business, and the arts, especially the theatre.
TTU offers seven ASL courses, all applicable towards a minor in ASL.
Supporting the teaching of ASL is a special testing facility where signing performance can be observed and filmed from behind one-way mirrors. Future expansion plans call for eventually equipping this facility with state-of-the art technology for teaching, testing, and evaluating ASL proficiency.
American Sign Language Courses can be used to satisfy TTU Foreign Language Requirements.
The Language Learning Laboratory & Research Center (LLL&RC) offers the ASL placement exam. The examinee should have a minimum of two years of ASL classes at the high school level or one of college. Exceptions might be someone with a family member who is deaf or a person who is deaf himself / herself. Also, please keep in mind that this exam may only be taken once. To schedule the ASL Placement Exam, please contact the LLL&RC.
Coordinator of ASL Studies
806.834.3282 (audio only)
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* The ASL minor requires ASL 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 and EITHER 3302 or 3312. All must be taken consecutively with the exception of 3312 which can be taken after completing 2301.
The Silent Raiders is an official organization on the TTU campus. It is an ASL club and is open to anyone with an interest in ASL. The Silent Raiders is involved in activities benefiting the Deaf community and provides a welcoming environment for anyone interested in improving their signing. Those interested can "like" the Silent Raiders Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org