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Learning ASL

Introduction to American Sign Language

A nationally known leader in the Deaf community, Petra Horn Rose, explains and demonstrates basic features of American Sign Language including time and temporal aspects, facial expressions, active voice, classifiers, loan signs, questions, pronouns, plurals, incorporation, directionality, topicalization, sight line, and sign repetition.

HOPE, Inc.
Logan, Utah : Utah State University ; Distributed by HOPE, Inc., 2013, 1999
Come Sign With Us

This tape demonstrates the 20 lessons and some of the activities in the book Come Sign With Us. It is a useful beginning instructional sign language tape for hearing children (aged 10 and up) and teachers. Facial expression, fingerspelling, animals, sports, food, and color signs are among the lessons taught.

Gallaudet University Press
Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, 2013, 199?
ASL for Families

This video series, “ASL for Families” is a set of 5 DVDs composed of 37 lessons designed to correspond with and reference the ASL lessons found in the SKI-HI produced Deaf Mentor Curriculum, which is available but not required. Each lesson features an ASL concept, presentation of vocabulary and practice sentences. The tapes are designed to provide instructional support and practice to families as they learn ASL concepts from their Deaf mentor, but can also be used by anyone learning ASL.

Video 1 81 min.
Grammatical and emotive aspects of facial expressions, basic declarative statements, asking yes/no questions, changing statements to questions, asking a wh-question, directional verbs, showing courtesy, showing possession, presence of objects with the verb ‘have’ and the correct usage of ‘no’.

Video 2 78 min.
Qualities and attributes, ASL word order: topic-comment, ASL word order: Noun-adjective, ASL word order: three signs or less, ASL word order: subject-verb object, use of space, referring to persons and places, using pronouns, possessive pronouns, facial expression, showing different meaning using facial expression and sign expression.

Video 3 78 min.
Fingerspelling, loan signs, temporal aspect of ASL, movement of a sign showing the amount of time in an activity, adjective/adverb modulation, use of classifiers, pronomial classifiers, the time line in ASL.

Video 4 55 min.
ASL word order: time indicators, cardinal number system and quantifiers, ordinal number system, unique number system, plurality: how to show more than one.

Video 5 32 min.
Number incorporation, showing past tense in ASL, future tense in ASL, ASL word order: time sequence principle, using conceptually accurate signs.

Hope Publishing
North Logan, UT : Hope, Inc. : Ski-Hi Institute, 2013, 2003
Advanced American Sign Language

Intended for people with a previous knowledge of ASL to take their knowledge of ASL to the next level with this series of advanced American Sign Language training programs.  This series utilizes the skills and techniques of performers and teachers with extensive experience in the deaf community and deaf education.  Each individual program presents a lecture, signed by Angela Stratiy, that focuses on a significant facet of ASL.  The lecture is then followed by several stories signed in ASL by deaf signers chosen to represent a variety of signing styles and regional signs within the deaf community. 

KEY ELEMENTS 1   (75 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: identifying a narrator and characters of a story using body and gaze shift; determining the difference between nouns, verbs, and adjectives using ASL classifiers; and the use of space in ASL to establish a location for a particular referent’s discourse.  

KEY ELEMENTS 2   (98 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: the use of focal expressions to express affect in ASL; the transition markers required to guide the flow of discourse in ASL; the importance of a signer’s entire signing space to identify grammatical structure; and the identification of the topic(s) of discourse. 

KEY ELEMENTS 3    (71 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: identifying the subject and object of a sentence and the inclusion of spatial referencing; clarifying the context of a discourse using fingerspelling; and the elements to consider when signing numbers in American Sign Language.

Angela Stratiy; Donna Korpinisky
San Francisco, CA: Exploration Production Inc., 2004
American Sign Language

This set of materials is geared towards the beginner signer introducing them to American Sign Language through the alphabet, numbers, and important conversational words and phrases.   The book introduces several topics and the signs associated with those topics.  These signs are demonstrated on the DVD and are also on the accompanying flashcards.

Topics covered:

  • Getting Started
  • Signing Savvy
  • Fingerspelling
  • Meet and Greet
  • All Kinds of Folk
  • Going Places
  • Room and Board
  • The Big Outdoors
  • Actions Sign Louder than Words
  • Color Your World
  • It’s About Time
  • Counting On It
Catherine Nichols
San Diego, Calif.: Thunder Bay Pr., c2011
Shut Up and Sign Series

Bob Hiltermann, a deaf actor and comedian, teaches American Sign Language in a way meant to educate and entertain.  Bob uses Sim-Com. Outtakes are included at the end of each video.

Episode #1:        Don’t Worry, Be Happy                
This episode teaches introductions, emotions & states of being, verbs & nouns, and the first letters of the alphabet. The special features include a signed music video for “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. 

Episode #2:        We Are Family                 
This episode teaches family, inside the house, colors, pronouns, and more letters of the alphabet.  The special features include a signed music video for “We Are Family”.

Episode #3:        Cloud Lucky Seven
This episode teaches numbers, time concepts, and final letters of the alphabet.  The special features include a signed music video for “Cloud Lucky Seven.”

Bob Hiltermann
Van Nuys, Calif.: Shut up and Sign, 2012
Say It By Signing

Welcome to the fourth most commonly used language in the United States - sign language. English subtitles appear as an aid. Learn at your own pace by replaying the lessons until you feel comfortable moving on to the next lesson. Repetition is the key to learning any foreign language.

Elaine Costello
Seattle, WA: Multimedia 2000, c2003
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