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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.

Our Price: $34.99
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
Signing Naturally Level 2 Student Set Signing Naturally Level 2 ASL Student Set

The continuation of the Signing Naturally series features Language in
Action, more advanced vocabulary, and more conversational dialogues.

Our Price: $127.99
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.

Our Price: $149.99
Signing Naturally Level 3 ASL Student Workbook/DVD Signing Naturally Level 3 ASL Student Workbook/DVD

The Signing Naturally Level 3, sign language students gain the cultural awareness and signing skills needed to interact effectively in the Deaf community.

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Signing Naturally Units 1-6 Student Set Signing Naturally Units 1-6 ASL 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.

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Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Set NEW Signing Naturally Units 7-12 ASL 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.

Our Price: $162.99