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American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, intricate, and visual language that uses signs made by moving the hands along with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the main language of many Canadians who are Deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

In spoken language, words are formed by using the mouth and voice to make sounds. But for people who are Deaf, the sounds of speech are not heard, and only a portion of speech sounds can be seen on the lips. Sign languages are based on the idea that vision is the most useful tool a deaf person has to communicate and get information.

ASL is a language completely separate and distinct from English. It contains all the essential features of language—it has its own guidelines for pronunciation, word order, and complex grammar with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary. While every language has ways of signaling different functions, such as asking a question rather than making a statement, all languages differ in how this is done. For example, English speakers ask a question by raising the tone of their voice; ASL users ask a question by raising their eyebrows, widening their eyes, and tilting their bodies forward.

Just as with other languages, specific ways of expressing ideas in ASL vary as much as ASL users do. In addition to individual differences in expression, ASL has regional accents and dialects. Just as certain English words are spoken differently in different parts of our country, ASL has regional variations in the rhythm of signing, form, and pronunciation.

These books and games will help you learn a new and exciting language!

To join a group of students, why not sign up for one of our ASL classes offered in Calgary and Edmonton. All of our ASL courses are taught by qualified Deaf instructors, whose first language is American Sign Language. Please find more information at http://deafalberta.ca/programs-services/asl-courses/.

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ASL Handshape Game Cards ASL Handshape Game Cards

ASL Handshape Game Cards transform the process of learning sign language into playful activities. Even skilled signers will find challenges. Each game can be played with different numbered groups of cards to make the game more difficult as the skill level requires.

Not limited to students, the ASL Handshape Game Cards appeal to signers of all ages. The Game Cards are also an excellent play-and-learn tool for Deaf children, their siblings, and friends. While exploring handshapes and the signs-and words-that can be formed with them, children enrich their appreciation of one of the basic elements of American Sign Language and add to their growing vocabulary.

ISBN: 978-0-915035-25-0

Our Price: $32.99
Fingerspelled Word Recognition Fingerspelled Word Recognition through Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)

RSVP can be used in the classroom or for self-study.
Learning and practicing this extensively researched approach is the key to unlocking the mystery of understanding fingerspelling.

Our Price: $84.99
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Signing Naturally Level 2 Student Set Signing Naturally Level 2 Student Set

ISBN: 978-1-58121-131-3

The continuation of the Signing Naturally series features Language in Action, more advanced vocabulary, and more conversational dialogues. Student DVD & Workbook, Level 2 also includes noted ASL artists performing handshape stories, cheers and songs, poetry, storytelling, and legends. Students learn the advanced grammatical uses of ASL, how sign movements can be modified to change meaning; how and when facial expressions occur; and how body, head, and eye movements are used in phrasing and agreement.

Level 2 topics include: Locating Things Around the House, Complaining, Making Suggestions and Requests, Exchanging Personal Information: Life Events, Describing and Identifying Things, Talking about the Weekend

Our Price: $140.00
Signing Naturally Units 1-6 Student Set Signing Naturally Units 1-6 Student Set

The first set of revised materials for the popular Signing Naturally series, Signing Naturally Units 1-6 has impressive enhancements for both inside and outside of the classroom. Features include classroom exercises for Units 1-5 ensures that students use their book in class. Homework for out-of-class study corresponds to classroom lessons. A topic index allows students to find specific parts of their homework that include key vocabulary and grammar. Culture notes and bios of amazing Deaf people increase students' understanding of the Deaf World.

Seven and a half hours of new video on the DVDs feature 12 diverse native signers modeling clear American Sign Language. Signing is paced for new learners. DVD functions also allow students to answer questions before moving on. [Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, and Ken Mikos; 496 pages; soft cover; 2 DVDs: 7-1/2 hours]

Our Price: $187.00

ASL at Work: Student Text (Book and DVD) ASL at Work: Student Text (Book and DVD)

Divided into 16 instructional units, ASL at Work is designed to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively with their Deaf co-workers, students, and clients in work and social settings.

Each instructional unit in the Student Text has a Unit Overview with learning outcomes, a listing of vocabulary, full grammatical and language, culture and community explanations and a practice and review section with accompanying DVD which provides students with targeted outside of the classroom practice to develop expressive and receptive skills. The Student Text is beautifully illustrated with line drawings depicting sign vocabulary and grammar.

Each unit on the ASL at Work: Student DVD provides a Sample Expressive Dialogue, Comprehension Dialogues and Narratives and demonstration of Expressive Practice Prompts to give students practice outside of the classroom with both receptive and expressive skills. CJ Jones, Deanna Bray, Rosa Lee Timm and other well known Deaf talent provide a variety of ASL models for students on the DVD.

ISBN: 978-1-58121-081-1

Our Price: $187.00
Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Set NEW Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Set

Designed to give students a deeper insight into ASL and Deaf culture, Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook offers homework assignments that support what you've learned in the classroom. Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook also features Deaf culture articles and profiles of legendary Deaf leaders. There's also a topic index to help you find signs and information easily.

The Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook also includes over seven hours of ASL video material on two DVDs, signed by 13 skilled native signers.

Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook
is everything you need to bring your ASL skills BEYOND the classroom!

Our Price: $187.00