Applications in Research for ASL (SPA 3801)

Course Description

This course teaches basic research concepts and skills through practical experiences. Students apply research techniques while assisting with activities in various research settings, through simulations in the classroom, and through individual projects. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

ASL Lab. ASL Classroom Facilitators, and Outreach Program volunteers will be assigned to one or more specific sections, responsible for preparing and implementing activities to support student learning.  Students will explore scholarly resources supporting teaching and learning to develop and reflect on implementing best practices.  Generally, a minimum of one hour of preparation and one contact hour can be expected each week, per credit hour.  Students will also be expected to meet regularly with the lead facilitators and instructor.

Learning Objectives

  • Converse in group conversation on varying topics at the advanced plus level, utilizing feedback from communication partners to monitor comprehension and guide conversation (ASLTA 1.1, 3.1) within and beyond the classroom (ASLTA 5.1, 5.2)
  • Comprehend and respond to live and recorded messages consisting of personal and descriptive information, directions, commands, and requests, demonstrating comprehension of ASL syntax and questions at an advanced plus level (ASLTA 1.2)
  • Express oneself in large group and through electronic means by preparing and delivering presentations, personal narratives, and recorded messages, as well as identifying and describing linguistic features of ASL at an advanced plus level (ASLTA 1.3)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standards of ethical conduct (ASHA IV-E)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principals (ASHA IV-G)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary professional issues (ASHA IV-H)


Attendance & Participation

  • Arrives to each assigned session on time and prepared
  • Maintains voice-off and other relevant policies within the lab
  • Gives instructor advanced notice of, and makes adequate plans to cover (minimal) absences
  • Completes weekly (or otherwise scheduled) check-ins with instructor, lead lab facilitators and/or peer facilitators

Mid-Term Reflection Paper

  • Reflects on strategies used for facilitating ASL learning via a mid-term reflection report, supported by scholarly resources

Final Interview (ASL)

  • Reflects on facilitator position through an individual or group interview conducted in ASL