The study of American Sign Language (ASL) offers students the chance to communicate in and understand another language while familiarizing themselves with the community and culture of the Deaf. This course develops the ability to communicate accurately and effectively in expressive and receptive signing within a range of real life situations. Students are exposed to a variety of learning situations to increase their understanding of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Audiovisual, Deaf literature, both written and visual, such as poetry and stories, as well as field trips to Deaf culture events help students to develop their ASL skills while growing an appreciation of Deaf culture and language. This course fosters both life-long learning and high levels of language proficiency for students.