Sign Language I is a beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and linguistic principles. Students are introduced to deaf culture, types of hearing loss and availablemechanical devices. The course emphasizes both expressive and receptive vocabulary skill development and appropriate use of essential grammatical structure. The course is designed for students with no previous experiences in American Sign Language. For course sections numbered 101 and above, the course may be taken for college credit. All lower numbered sections are noncredit only.