Learning American Sign Language / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is designed to help learners successfully interact with American Sign Language (ASL) users. Written by two leading authorities in the field, the 24 lessons in this book cover Beginning and Intermediate or Level I and II courses of study. Lessons are structured around language needed for common life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogues coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture of Deaf people in the United States. The book is supported by a videotape and an instructor's manual.

Learners will discover that the text:

  • Contains lessons designed around the conversational language needed for common life situations.
  • Illustrates hundreds of sentences and vocabulary with over 2,000 high quality colorized drawings which aid in study and memory.
  • Contains over 100 grammar and cultural notes, 72 exercises, and charts of the American Manual Alphabet (Fingerspelling) and ASL number system.
  • Teaches the rules of ASL in a natural order that is predictable and compatible with everyday language of native users of American Sign Language.
  • Incorporates information about the cultural lives of Deaf people in the United States.
  • Is supported by a video demonstrating all the conversations and important structures in the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135285718
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

All Units end with "Vocabulary."

To the Student.

Units and Topics.

1. Introductions and Personal Information.
Introductions.
Personal information.
More Personal Information.

2. Learning ASL.
Going to Class.
Objects in the Classroom.
Showing You Understand and Asking for Help.

3. Politeness.
Asking Politely.
Thanks.
Interruptions and Apologies.

4. Descriptions.
Physical Appearance.
Clothing.
Personality and Character.

5. Requests.
Polite Commands.
Requests to Do Something.
More Requests.

6. Expressing Yourself.
How You Feel.
Opinions and Preferences.
Anxiety.

7. More Descriptions.
Objects and Their Location.
Objects, Number, and Location.
How Many.

8. Family and Friends.
Family Information.
Family Relationships.
Friends and Acquaintances.

9. More Descriptions.
How Others Look.
Personality.
Physical Features.

10. At Home and Daily Living.
Your Residence.
Objects in Your Residence.
What You Do Everyday.

11. Food and Food Shopping.
The Menu.
Quantities.
Prices.

12. Offering and Declining.
Food and Drink.
Offering Help.
Declining and Explaining.

13. More Ways to Express Yourself.
Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction.
Agreement and Disagreement.
Concerns and Feelings.

14. Experiences and Current Activity.
An Event.
A Past Event.
Current Activity.

15. Future Plans and Obligations.
General Future Plans.
Time and Place to Meet.
Future Obligations.

16. Directions and Instructions.
Directions.
Descriptions of Places.
Instructions.

17. Suggestions and Advice.
Suggestions.
Time and Place.
Advice.

18. Attitudes andOpinions.
What Others Think.
Opinions.
Values.

19. Recreational Activities.
Activities.
A Sequence of Activities.
Seasonal Activities.

20. Travel--Places and Experiences.
Travel Experience.
More Travel Experience.
Places You Visited.

21. Occupations and Professions.
Occupations and Professions.
Job Activity.
Work History.

22. The Body, Health, and Emergencies.
Physical Conditioning.
Health and Health Problems.
Emergencies.

23. Current Events.
Recent News.
Current Topics of Interest.
Current Issues.

24. How Things Are Done.
A Process.
Width, Length, and Height.
Measurements and Weight.

English Translations of Dialogues.

Vocabulary Index.

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