Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

American Sign Language for Spring 2019

Intermediate ASL IIIB - Spring 2019

Intermediate American Sign Language IIIB is being offered through the Five College Mentored Language Program in Spring 2019. The prerequisite for the course is American Sign Language IIIA or the equivalent.

Students will learn to communicate appropriately in a wider range of interpersonal situations while increasing fluency and comprehension.

Required Textbook: Signing Naturally Student Workbook: Units 7-12 by Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith. DawnSignPress 2014; ISBN: 978-1-58121-221-1). Textbook can be ordered directly from the press: http://www.dawnsign.com/

Meeting time: Fridays from 1:00-2:30 pm at Hampshire College
Course mentor/instructor: Dana Hoover (M.Ed., Deaf Education, Boston University)

Instructor permission for registration: You will need an instructor permission form from the Five College Mentored Language Program. The course is listed as a UMass course under the FORLANGC rubric.

How to Register: Submit a mentored course application. Applicants for ASL courses DO NOT NEED TO do the online orientation tutorial. Once we review your application, we will send you instructions about how to register.

Who is Eligible: Mentored language courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. UMass continuing education students, faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program or to audit courses in this program.

Intermediate ASL IIIB is a half course. Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 1.5 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits.


High Intermediate ASL B - Spring 2019

HIgh Intermediate ASL B will be offered in Spring 2019. The prerequisite for the course is Mentored American Sign Language Intermediate IIIB or the equivalent. The High Intermediate ASL B group session will meet on Fridays, 11:00-12:30 pm at Hampshire College.

Students will learn to communicate appropriately in a wider range of interpersonal situations while increasing fluency and comprehension.

The course format follows a standard format for Five College Mentored Language courses. Students will meet for a weekly 90-minute small group session with the language mentor. Students will be expected to devote an additional one hour a day to homework and individual practice. Students are encouraged to study in pairs or small groups on their own. Students are also encouraged to find ways to use the language informally through other channels.

Required Textbook:  Signing Naturally Student Workbook: Units 7-12 by Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith. DawnSignPress 2014; ISBN: 978-1-58121-221-1). Textbook can be ordered directly from the press: http://www.dawnsign.com/

Meeting time: Fridays from 11:00-12:30 pm at Hampshire College
Course mentor/instruction: Dana Hoover (M.Ed., Deaf Education, Boston University)

Instructor permission for registration: You will need an instructor permission form from the Five College Mentored Language Program. The course is listed as a UMass course under the FORLANGC rubric.

How to Register: Students who took High Intermediate ASL A through the center, should email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu to request the course for fall and get registration instructions. Students who have not taken ASL through the center should submit a mentored course application. ASL applicants DO NOT NEED TO do the online orientation tutorial. Once we review your application, we will send you instructions about how to register.

Who is Eligible: Mentored language courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. UMass continuing education students, faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program or to audit courses in this program.

High Intermediate ASL B is a half course. Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 1.5 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits.


Advanced ASL B - Spring 2019

Advanced ASL B will be offered in Spring 2019. The prerequisite for the course is Mentored American Sign Language Advanced A or the equivalent. The Advanced ASL B group session will meet on Fridays, 2:40-4:10 pm at Hampshire College.

The course will introduce students to ASL literature, including ASL poetry.

The course format follows a standard format for Five College Mentored Language courses. Students will meet for a weekly 90-minute small group session with the language mentor. Students will be expected to devote an additional one hour a day to homework and individual practice. Students are encouraged to study in pairs or small groups on their own. Students are also encouraged to find ways to use the language informally through other channels.

Required Textbook: Signing Naturally Level 3 Student Set (Units 18-25) by Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith. DawnSignPress 1992. Textbook can be ordered directly from the press: http://www.dawnsign.com/.

Meeting time: Fridays from 2:40-4:10 pm at Hampshire College

Course mentor/instruction: Dana Hoover (M.Ed., Deaf Education, Boston University)

Instructor permission for registration: You will need an instructor permission form from the Five College Mentored Language Program. The course is listed as a UMass course under the FORLANGC rubric.

How to Register: Students who took Advanced ASL A through the center, should email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu to request the course for fall and get registration instructions. Students who have not taken ASL through the center should submit a mentored course application. ASL applicants DO NOT NEED TO do the online orientation tutorial. Once we review your application, we will send you instructions about how to register.

Who is Eligible: Mentored language courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. UMass continuing education students, faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program or to audit courses in this program.

Advanced ASL B is a half course. Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 1.5 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits.


Introduction to Deaf Culture (Advanced ASL C) - Spring 2019

Introduction to Deaf Culture (Advanced ASL C) will be offered in Spring 2019. The prerequisite for the course is Advanced ASL B or the equivalent. This course can be taken concurrently with Advanced ASL B. 

The course will build on communication skills learned in ASL I – Advanced ASL B.  Students will learn to communicate appropriately in a wider range of interpersonal situations while increasing fluency and comprehension.

The program format follows a standard format for Five College Mentored Language courses. Students will meet for a weekly 90-minute small group session with the language mentor. Students will be expected to devote an additional one hour a day to homework and individual practice. Students are encouraged to study in pairs or small groups on their own. Students are also encouraged to find ways to use the language informally through other channels.

No required textbook. 

Required supplies: flash drive for self-recorded videos

Meeting time: to be determined. 

Course mentor/instruction: Dana Hoover (M.Ed., Deaf Education, Boston University)

Instructor permission for registration: You will need an instructor permission form from the Five College Mentored Language Program. The course is listed as a UMass course under the FORLANGC rubric.

How to Register: Students who took Advanced ASL B through the center, should email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu to request the course for fall and get registration instructions. Students who wish to take Advanced ASL B and Introduction to Deaf Culture together should email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu to request the courses for the fall and get registration instructions. Students who have not taken ASL through the center should submit a mentored course application. ASL applicants DO NOT NEED TO do the online orientation tutorial. Once we review your application, we will send you instructions about how to register.

Who is Eligible: Mentored language courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. UMass continuing education students, faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program or to audit courses in this program.

Introduction to Deaf Culture/Advanced ASL C is a half course. Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 1.5 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits.