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ASL Standards

Literacy in ASL is fundamental to the study of interpreting. A lack of standards for ASL literacy has hampered interpreter education for 30 years. Having standards for ASL that are carefully articulated with those of other spoken languages will place ASL on equal footing with other world languages and will improve the quality of students coming into interpreter education programs. A good deal of attention has been paid to the desirability for standard outcomes from interpreting programs. From the standpoint of curriculum development we cannot in good conscience or good practice posit outcomes for programs in the absence of standards for incoming students. Anticipated outcomes include a set of standards for ASL that are published alongside the standards for spoken languages in the ACTFL’s Language Standards for the 21st Century.

Please click on the links for snapshots of the work of the ASL Standards team throughout the grant:

Year 5  |  Year 4  |   Year 3  |   Year 2  |   Year 1