Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Course Description

ASL-104 - Visual Gestural Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): None
Visual Gestural Communication (VGC) provides a means of bypassing vocabulary and strict grammar rules of a language and aiming directly at other very important components of effective communication. These include 1)cohesion-the sequencing of relevant pieces of communication so that they hang together and make sense, 2)monologic discourse - the rules of building sequences to a point of climax and resolution in narratives; 3)dialogic discourse - the rules of turn taking and interrupting in dialogic discourse; 4)stylistics - the confidence, character and personality expressed while communicating. All four of these variables are essential for fluent language use and can be practiced via VGC, even though VGC is not itself a language.

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