Basic Sign Language II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SPE 126

       Course Name: Basic Sign Language II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of SPE 125: Basic Sign Language or equivalent with a minimum grade of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues and expands on the fundamentals of American Sign Language.  The focus is on sign language vocabulary, expressive and receptive communication, fingerspelling, and ASL grammar used by Deaf Americans.  Course is designed for students with at least one previous course in ASL.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Communicate comfortably in a wide variety of situations with the Deaf community
  2. Be able to fingerspell and use numbers
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of ASL grammatical structure and vocabulary
  4. Demonstrate understanding of key aspects of Deaf Culture
    1. Cultural behaviors
    2. Expressions
    3. Deaf people in history

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Talking about family
  2. Giving directions
  3. Describing others
  4. Making requests
  5. Talking about occupations
  6. Attributing qualities to others

Detailed Outline of Topics and Assignments

Class Information Homework (All assignments are due the following week at the start of class)
Week 1: Course introduction and class discussion.
Unit 5:1-5:2
Week 2: 5:3-5:6
Week 3: 5:7-5:8
Week 4: 5:9 and Putting It All Together
Preview Unit 7
   5:9 and Putting It All Together
Week 5: Unit 7 Giving Directions: What’s Around Here?; Snack Time

Break Away: Fingerspelling; At The Hotel; Picture It, What’s The Sequence
   Video-interactive activities for Unit 7 along with the Culture/Language Notes: Pages 1-5
Key phrases and vocabulary: Pages 6-12

Review Unit 5
Week 6: Review Workbook Assignments – Unit 7
Receptive Test: Units 5&7

Unit 8: Describing Others: Describing Hair, Faces, and Racial Identity

Break Away: What Fell Out; Picture It
   Article Review
Week 7: Unit 8 Describing Others: Describing Body Types; Describing Style and Pattern of Clothing

Break Away: Numbers; Fingerspelling

Article Review Paper Due
   Video-interactive activities: Pages 13-18
Key phrases and vocabulary: Pages 19-29
Week 8: Review homework from Unit 8
Unit 9 Making Requests: Giving Commands (Spatial Verbs & Inflecting Verbs)

Break Away: Numbers; Line Up
Week 9: Unit 9 Making Requests: Give Reasons, Make Requests; offering Assistance

Break Away: Fingerspelling; What’s Out There; Picture It
   Video interactive activities: Pages 30-36
Key phrases and vocabulary: Pages 37-47

Review unit 8
Week 10: Unit 9 Review
Receptive Test – 8&9

Unit 10 Talking About Family and Occupations: Ask/Tell How Old

Break Away: Numbers
Week 11: Unit 10 Talking About Family and Occupations: Ranking by Age; Establishing Relationships

Break Away: What’s Inside
Week 12: Unit 10 Talking About Family and Occupations: Which Occupation is it

Break Away: Picture It
   Video-interactive activities: Pages 48-51

Key Phrases and Vocabulary: Pages 52-61

Family narrative
Week 13: Review Unit 10 Homework
Unit 11 Attributing Qualities to Others: Describing Personal Qualities

Break Away: What’s the Sequence; Picture It

Family narratives
   Family narrative
Week 14: Unit 11 Continue Describing Personal Qualities

Break Away: Numbers

Family narratives
   Video-interactive activities: Pages 62-65

Key Phrases and Vocabulary: Pages 66-73

Review Unit 10
Week 15: Review Unit 11 Homework

Receptive Test Units 10 & 11
   Prepare for song performance
Week 16: Song Performances

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class discussion
Interactive exercises with partner and instructor

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Typed speech outlines/typed response papers
  2. Oral Presentations
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Structured peer and self evaluations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Required Text:
Signing Naturally Units 1-6 (including DVD), 2008 ed. by Smith, Lentz, and Mikos
Signing Naturally Units 7-12 (including DVD), 2008 ed. by Smith, Lentz, and Mikos

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Article Review Paper 10%
  2. 3 Exams: 20% each
  3. Expressive Projects: 20%
    1. Family Narrative: 10%
    2. Song Presentation:10%
  4. Homework Completion/Class Participation – 10%
  5. Engagement Policy: 1% - All students enrolled in a Speech class must attend at least one event from the Performing Arts Department. Extra credit (1%) is available for those who write a 1-2 page response paper connecting what you saw to what we are doing in class.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required in this class.  The Speech Department maintains a formal attendance policy.  Rationale: Speech 125 is a performance course, which requires a prepared, responsive audience to be effective.  Hence, you must participate in this course in three areas 1) at the podium as a speaker, 2) in the audience for each speaker, 3) in class activities.  You will be held responsible for your attendance; the grade will be affected negatively for absences in access of those allowed.


  1. You are allowed 3 absences with no penalty.  “Arriving late” to and “leaving early” from class sessions will be taken into account when attendance is tabulated.
  2. Three late arrivals and/or leaving class early will be counted as 1 absence.  Each absence in excess of the allowed number (3) will result in a reduction of the final grade by one full grade.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.