3Cr. Contact Hours Per Week: 3 Lec. This course is designed to provide a general understanding of the properties of sign language, basic vocabulary, basic understanding of deaf culture and their interrelatedness. Usually offered Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters General Education:Meets SUNY requirement for Foreign Languages (FL). SLA is accepted only for programs in education, health, or social services, where there is likely to be significant contact with the hearing impaired.