Master Asl - Level One : With Dvd / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Key features of this approach include developing:
- Knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure
- Ability to use language appropriately within various social settings and to interact in culturally appropriate ways
- Discourse competence which is the ability to initiate and sustain communication
- Strategies to identify, repair, and avoid communication breakdowns
The Student Textbook contains 10 units with more than 1,500 sign illustrations, plus full color photographs and other illustrations used to elicit student communication. Each unit includes lessons in the following areas:
Language and Structure:
- ASL Up Close: highlights important functions of ASL structure
- Eyes on ASL: presents basic rules of signing in ASL
- Accent Steps: tips and advice to help improve ASL skills
- Expression Corner: exposes students to ASL idioms and useful phrases and expressions
- Deaf Culture Notes: relevant aspects of Deaf culture related to the topic at hand
- Focus: in-depth examinations of important issues in the Deaf World
- Deaf Culture Minute: brief cultural tidbits to help students understand Deaf culture
- I Want to Know: answers common questions students have about ASL and Deaf culture
- Journal activities: opportunities to analyze and reflect on ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf experience
- Exposure to Deaf art and writing by Deaf authors
- Over 400 practice exercises, drills, and explanations to help students master these challenging skills.
- Special sections within each unit provide helpful hints for improving skills along with answers to frequently asked questions.
- A glossary provides information on important terms and concepts appearing in the Student Textbook.
- A vocabulary index includes the corresponding gloss for each vocabulary item appearing in Master ASL!
DVD features include:
- Easy navigation to quickly move between units and topics in each unit. A variety of Deaf language models present ASL narratives, dialogues, and samples of ASL literature.
- Grammar and culture sections are introduced and explained with helpful examples. These sections are voiced over to allow students to learn and review independently.
- Examples of ASL literature include ABC and classifier stories, handshape rhymes, and number stories.
- Over 1,500 vocabulary signs, including regional sign variations and fingerspelled terms, from the Student Textbook are included to help students practice vocabulary out of class.