American Sign Language the Easy Way

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Barron's Educational Series, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 474 pages
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Current estimates have more than one million people using American Sign Language (ASL) in the United States, including approximately 450,000 deaf people. As growing numbers of deaf students are integrated into standard schools, the need for ASL interpreters continues to increase. Today, many public education systems offer an ASL course as a language elective in their curriculum, and this book--which can be used to teach both interpreters and the deaf--is an ideal text for such courses. Following a general introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, the author explains the use of "facial grammar" as a preliminary step to learning and understanding manual signing. Two succeeding chapters present the first eleven key grammatical rules of ASL. The 36 lessons that follow are divided into four groups that put these rules into practice and introduce additional rules. All lessons conclude with a practice session that reviews the lesson's material and progressively develops the student's proficiency in communicating in ASL. Following each of the four groups of nine lessons is a brief chapter dealing with Deaf Culture. The book's many line drawings illustrate approximately 720 ASL signs and their multiple meanings. The author has focused the text to make learning American Sign Language as easy as it is useful, both for instructors and students.
 

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User Review  - palaverofbirds - LibraryThing

This book was interesting, but more interesting than I feel useful. 1. The explanations of ASL grammar were concise, simple and not lacking in examples. 2. The diagrams themselves were a little hard ... Read full review

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User Review  - Curt in Hanover - Borders

This is a tremendous book with a lot of good guidelines for grammar, sentence structure, etc. Specific rules are explained with many practical examples given. An absolute must for anyone who is serious about conquering ASL. Read full review

Contents

THE BASICS
7
Introduction to the Dialogues
31
Courtesy Phrases
49
Taking Up Classes
73
Signs for Courses
89
ONE MILLION NEW SIGNS
105
Practice Signing
127
Leisure Activity
142
Using Classifiers in a Dialogue
320
Going to the World Games for the Deaf
329
Socializing and the World Games for the Deaf
339
Signing and the World Games for the Deaf
347
Review of Lessons 2126
354
DEAF ORGANIZATIONS
355
THE DEAF AND HEARING WORLD
361
Part 2
371

The Deaf Teacher
180
Understanding Communication
197
ITS ALL RELATIVE
215
Relations and Places
227
Relations Cities and Occupations
236
BODY AND GAZESHIFTINGPERSONALIZING THE MESSAGE
249
TALKING ABOUT TIME
255
Talking About Time
266
Time Adverbs
276
Review of Lessons 1520
284
CLASSIFIERS AND THE WORLD GAMES FOR THE DEAF
285
Person
307
Exploring with Classifiers
317
The Dentist and You
385
The Tooth Comes Out
395
A Visit to the Doctor
403
What the Doctor Said
412
Health and Body Related
420
Review of Lessons 2733
429
POEMS AND HUMOR
431
TRAVELING WITH ASL
437
Travel Schedules
447
More Places to Visit
459
Review of Lessons 3436
470
APPENDIX
471
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Dr. David Stewart is a retired United Methodist pastor, a former university science professor, and a noted authority on essential oils and their healing applications. Author of 15 books mostly in the alternative health field, two of his works won the "Books of the Year" Award from the American Journal of Nursing, while one of his publications has sold over 2 million copies in ten languages. He travels throughout America presenting programs on Healing Oils of the Bible and gives three-day seminars on healing and anointing with oils. He resides on a farm in rural Missouri near the town of Marble Hill.

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