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Badge in Foundational American Sign Language

This badge signifies competency in the foundational expressive/receptive language skills required to communicate in American Sign Language. A basic knowledge of ASL is a helpful communication tool in many employment settings that include interaction with the public, like retail locations, restaurants, and reception/check-in areas. GVSU is not authorized to issue interpreting credentials. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs administers credentials for interpreting in Michigan.

Learning objectives and competencies should be measurable and use action verbs. Students who complete the requirements for this badge will be able to:

  • sign approximately 1,500 signs;
  • express complex sentences in correct ASL grammatical structure; and
  • translate complex sentences from ASL into written English.


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