• 2019-2020 Syllabus for ASL 2, ASL 3, and ASL 4:

    Department: World Language                                                                Instructor: Stevie Collins
    Phone: (951) 695-7300 x3172                                                      Email:

    Room: 622                                                     Website: https://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/Domain/5738

    Tutoring Availability: Before school, during lunch, and after school (upon appointment only)

    Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,
    Welcome to Temecula Valley High School and to the college articulated American Sign Language courses, Levels 2 - 4. I look forward to spending the upcoming year with you and assisting you with your educational development. American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich language comprised of its own independent vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure and is very different from the English language. Facial expressions and body language as well as defined hand, arm, and body movements are used to assist with illustration and meaning. The language has been developed and adapted over the years through the use of the language by Deaf people and Deaf communities. These people retain their own unique culture and history, which we will also be studying in this course. Along with the language, we will learn about Deaf Culture, the Deaf community, and an appreciation for culture as a whole. We will use reading materials, Chrome books, videos, cooperative learning activities, and long-term written and visual assignments to assist in understanding the Deaf community and their language and growth throughout the years.  Please read through this syllabus carefully and be sure to sign and return the ASL Contract (given to you by your teacher) by Friday, August 30, 2019.
    I. Texts:

    • Master ASL! Level One: Jason E. Zinza; Sign Media, Inc. [Levels One and Two ONLY]
    • Master ASL! Fingerspelling, Numbers, and Glossing: Jason E. Zinza; Sign Media, Inc. [Levels One and Two ONLY]

    ***the above texts for levels 1 and 2 should remain at home once checked out by the student***

    • Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Level Two: Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, Cheri Smith; Dawn Sign Press. [Level Three ONLY]

    ***the above text for level 3 is a digital set only and will NOT be checked out by the student***

    • Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Level Three: Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, Cheri Smith; Dawn Sign Press. [Level Four ONLY]

    ***the above text for level 4 is a digital set only and will NOT be checked out by the student***
    **Suggested Dictionaries:

    • Concise American Sign Language Dictionary: Elaine Costello, Ph.D.; Random House Webster’s.
    • American Sign Language Phrase Book: Lou Fant and Barbara Bernstein Fant.
    1. Recommended Daily Materials:
    • The “usual”: notebook paper, pencils, pens, and highlighters
    • Daily access to modern technology both in and out of the classroom (e.g., personal cell phones with app capabilities and internet access, tablets, laptops, etc.). We have access to in-class Chrome Books typically a few days a week, but these ASL courses are highly dependent on technology and the internet on a daily basis and limited supplies are available, so students need their own source for when in-class resources are not available. Should you be unable to bring such materials to class, please contact the teacher ASAP to determine if what you do have will be sufficient for completing the assignments for this course, if we can find a way to provide you with what you need, or if perhaps this elective course is not the best choice for you.
    • Access to the internet at school and at home (to complete and submit assignments and projects as well as to have daily access to the class website, including the textbook and other digital resources). *Students have mentioned the school Wi-Fi is occasionally “spotty” so data charges may apply. Please instruct your student accordingly as to what you wish him or her to use/not use of cellular data. Please contact the teacher with any questions or concerns.
    • You may occasionally need extra materials for large projects and assignments (e.g., poster board, construction paper, etc.). *Your teacher will try to provide these materials for you, but is not always able to do so since it is at her own expense. Donations are ALWAYS welcome and appreciated!
    • A cell phone capable of receiving/sending text messages as well as downloading (free) apps for class, recording videos, and uploading assignments (for the class Remind texts from your teacher about assignments, due dates, and important events - this is VERY important to sign up for...parents, you too!)
    • Your brain with which to think and your hands with which to sign!


     III. Classroom Rules:

    1. Be Respectful: This includes being respectful to yourself, your peers, your teachers, your classroom, your books/materials, your classroom furniture (that you and your parents paid for!), the school’s support staff, and the school-wide rules and regulations (See 2018-2019 Student Handbook for more details).
    2. Be On Time: If you are not in your assigned seat by the time the bell rings with your cell phone put away in its appropriate location, you will be marked tardy and the school’s tardy policy will be implemented. Occasional tardy sweeps are implemented by the school and if tardiness becomes a regular issue that disrupts the class, the door will be locked upon the bell and you will be admitted within a few minutes. If you arrive to class after attendance is taken, it is your responsibility to approach me when it is appropriate to do so and inform me you are here so you are not marked truant for the class period. If a mistake is made (I am human), let me know ASAP.
    3. Be Prepared: This not only includes your completion of classwork and homework (when applicable) and having studied any current and past information – it also includes you having your materials out at the sound of the bell, ready to work. Your BRAIN and your ATTITUDE must also be prepared – just showing up isn’t enough to learn! Preparation is part of your classroom participation grade, so get enough sleep at night and be an active participant in class!
    4. Study the vocabulary at home, DAILY!: It is crucial that you study your vocabulary independently at home on a daily basis. This is a fast-paced college course conducted mostly in the target language (with supplemental materials in English) and you are quizzed often on what you have learned and what we discuss and because this class emphasizes independence and student-geared learning, it is imperative that you do this EVERY SINGLE DAY so you can keep up with the material. 5 minutes a day is plenty! Remember: I will ALWAYS help you – all you need to do is ask, but I cannot help you if you do not first help yourself!
    5. Stay organized: You are responsible for keeping up with the class assignments, whether you are here or absent, so keep your binder and backpack organized. You will receive daily assignments, unit assignments (in the form of a packet given to you at the beginning of each unit), and semester assignments, so staying organized will help you stay on track and focused in this course. It would behoove you to use a calendar/schedule book to keep track of your assignments.
    6. Clean Up After Yourself: Leave the classroom looking clean and organized for the next class.  Please do not leave trash lying around or stick gum underneath the desks. I find this not only completely disgusting, but unsanitary and aggravating. Please use the trash cans and recycle bins located inside the classroom. Also, please do not deface or vandalize school property by drawing on desks, walls, books, etc. Our furniture is PRIVATE and paid for by YOU GUYS so if it gets destroyed, it will NOT be replaced. If you see any vandalism, please report it to me ASAP so it can be taken care of. A CLEAN ROOM IS A HAPPY ROOM!
    7. NO GUM IN ASL CLASS AT ANY TIME! You cannot output this language with gum, period.
    8. Stay Positive: You are here because you want to be, so work hard, but stay positive and always believe in yourself! I believe in you and you can do well in this course if you set your mind to it, work hard, and believe you can do well. Be the best version of yourself you can be, in all aspects of your life, and you will succeed and be happy! YOU ARE AMAZING, so let me see it in class!
    9. Participate, Work Hard, Do Finger Exercises, Learn Lots, Don't Panic, and HAVE FUN!


    IV. Absence Policy / Make-up Work:

    It is YOUR responsibilityto make up work and your participation points when you are absent. Do not come up to me the next day and ask what you missed - I will simply send you right to the website! You need to click on the tab for your class level, check the calendar for what you missed, and complete and/or study what we did on that day and turn it in/get a stamp the next day you come to class.

    When you click on any assignment on the calendar, it will literally say "If you were absent today..." - follow the directions for that assignment and text or email me if you have any questions about it or need some help. This will help keep you from missing work and falling behind! EVERYTHING you need is located on the website. You can also check the trays in the classroom for any handouts I passed out that day should you not want to print them.

    You have one week to make up assignments due to an excused absence for full credit. After one week, any late work/make up work is half credit. Projects are still due on the day they are due, regardless if you miss one day because you are notified weeks in advance of their due dates and are given ample time both in and outside of class to complete and submit them. If you are gone multiple days, you need to come see me BEFORE the due date to make alternate arrangements and/or get additional help or clarification on what is expected of you.

    If you are absent one or two days during the week, you still have to complete the quiz or test at the end of that week. The testing schedule is made available to you LONG in advance, should you choose to read it. It is your responsibility to make up and study what you missed and come to me if you need help understanding anything. The tools you need are always at your fingertips and you need to USE THEM. If you are absent for a quiz or test, you have one week to make that up at lunch or after school. You MUST make an appointment with me in order to do so because of the Chrome Book schedule. However, you should attempt to complete it ASAP so you do not get behind before the next quiz. 

    This is a very student-driven, independent, college course - you need to be productive and proactive in this class! I will not follow you around asking where your work is – you either do it or you don’t – be mindful of your responsibilities, manage your time well, and ask for help from me whenever you need it.

    You are expected to study the vocabulary DAILY and use the website CONSISTENTLY so you will do well in this class and never be confused about what we are doing, what you might have missed, and so you never ever fall behind. Remember, I am ALWAYS be here to help you out, never be afraid to ask for it, but I can’t do that if you don’t first help yourself!

    V. Grading Breakdown:

    25% Classwork/Homework
    25% Presentations/Projects

    25% Unit Tests/Quizzes
    15% Participation
    10% Final Exam 


    The Languages Other Than English Department in the state of California and the Riverside Community College District ASL Accreditation Program has set the following goals for target language usage in the classroom:
    ASL Levels 1 - 4:
    The teacher will sign in the target language (ASL) at least 90% of class time to build receptive skills.
    The teacher will expect students to use the target language at least 90% of class time to build expressive skills. This provides students with as much opportunity in the target language as possible without leaving them completely devoid of their first language (L1).     

    Numerous studies and statistics have shown that implementing the use of the target language 100% of the time increases student engagement, student success, respect for the culture, and overall content knowledge. The TVHS ASL strand has chosen 90% to comply with state standards and the college accreditation requirements.

    ALL instruction and assignments are supplemented in written English to support student learning.   


    **Students AND Parents**
    Please sign up to receive text message reminders and alerts related to this class via Remind (it's FREE!). 
    To do so, please send the following message (depending on your class period) via text to 81010:

    ASL 4 - Period 1: “@asl0401” (without the quotes)
    ASL 2 - Period 3: “@asl0203” (without the quotes)
    ASL 2 - Period 4: “@asl0204” (without the quotes)
    ASL 2 - Period 5: “@asl0205” (without the quotes)
    ASL 3 - Period 6: “@asl0306” (without the quotes)

    ASL Honor Society: “@tvhsaslhs” (without the quotes)

    TVHS ASL Club: “@tvaslclub” (without the quotes)


    This complete syllabus is located online here https://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/Page/26276 and will remain there throughout the school year. Should you require a paper copy, it can be downloaded and printed from the website or one can be obtained from the teacher.

    (Simply send me an email request and I will send one home with your student)

    Students & Parents:
    Once you have read the full syllabus, please initial and sign the following ASL contract in its entirety and return it to the teacher no later than Friday, August 30, 2019.



    2019-2020 ASL Contract 

    By initialing and signing this contract, I am declaring that I understand all information within the course syllabus and that I agree to or support my student to abide by the rules and requirements of this articulated course as well as the school and district rules and policies.
       Student           Parent
    _________     _________  I understand and agree to follow all of the classroom rules, as described in the  

                                               course syllabus in sections I – V.
    _________     _________  I understand and agree to follow the school’s and district’s rules and regulations, as 

                                               described in the 2018-2019 (or current) TVHS Student Handbook and on the TVHS       

                                               and district’s websites.
    _________     _________  I understand that it is MY OWN RESPONSIBILITY to find out and make-up any

                                               assignments, projects, participation points, or tests/quizzes I have missed whenever I am

                                               absent and complete them in the time allowed to do so (IT’S ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE!)
    _________     _________  I understand that NO late/make-up work will be accepted past the given class

                                               and school policies, except in the case of a discussed IEP or 504 plan or an 

                                               agreed-upon arrangement with the teacher prior to the assignment due date.
    _________     _________  I understand the class grading breakdown and percentages, as set forth by the

                                               ASL strand of the World Language Department.
    _________     _________  I understand that I can find and download the course calendars, assignment

                                               instructions, rubrics, study guides, dictionaries, and basic course-related

                                               information and links through the class website and that the website will be 

                                               updated on an ongoing basis, as frequently as possible.
    _________     _________  I understand that my parents and I can check student grades and progress at

                                               any time via Infinite Campus, which can be accessed from the TVHS website and from

                                               the Apple and Google Play cell phone app.
    _________     _________  I understand what class materials may be required of me throughout the year,

                                               including the frequent use of a cell phone with recording and uploading

                                               capabilities, and that I am to leave my textbook and my workbook at home at all

                                               times (unless in level 3 or 4 where no textbooks are issued).

    _________     _________  I understand that every resource for this class is available in class and online

                                               and that I not only need daily access to the internet and technology that will

                                               allow internet access, but that I must also be a proactive student and keep up-to-

                                               date with the information that is posted online and in the classroom

    _________     _________  I understand that this is a fast-paced American Sign Language college-articulated

                                               course taught in primarily in the target language with supplemental materials in English

                                               and that I will be required to sign AND read sign language on a daily basis. Therefore, I

                                               agree to study on a DAILY basis and ask for help so that I do not fall behind!


    I have read and understand the rules and requirements of this course.



    Student Name (Please Print)                             Student Signature                                                               Date



    Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print)              Parent/Guardian Signature                                               Date


    Please initial, sign, date, and return this contract to me, Ms. Collins, no later than Friday, August 30, 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time throughout the year with any questions or concerns you may have.

    I look forward to the upcoming 2019-2020 school year! …Go Bears!