RESOURCES: Books, movies, and more
Looking to learn more signs, practice fingerspelling, and explore Deaf culture? Below are some of the best resources out there.
Intro Vocab and grammar book
This is a beginner's introductory guide to ASL vocabulary and Non-Manual Signals (facial expression), with brief introductions to sentence structure, as well. Learn 800+ signs with clear images from fantastic Deaf teachers.
Fingerspelling rules and practice
Fingerspelling and numbers are one of the biggest challenges for ASL learners. This workbook provides clear and useful instruction and practice exercises. It also includes informatino about how to sign various letters and numbers in real-world use.
This memoir provides a first-hand account of growing up Deaf in a Deaf family. This book is a celebration of Deaf Culture, providing a comprehensive yet introductory look into the Deaf culture and experience, as told by Nyle DiMarco -- actor, producer, and two-time reality show winner.
Books: Memoir, History, and Culture
This memoir provides a first-hand account of Marks’ experience becoming Deaf and discovering what that means for him. This is required reading for all my ASL I students, because it really provides a comprehensive yet introductory look into the Deaf culture and experience. Even better, they always love it!
NEW! "A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and celebration of Deaf culture by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community."
NEW! "A 'tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged' (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the Deaf."
Interested in learning more about the origins of ASL in America? Love the folklore about Clerc and Gallaudet? Then this is for you. It's dense but thorough -- you'll learn a ton in this extensive historical volume.
Textbooks and Workbooks
Signing Naturally, Student Workbook - Units 7-12 - Once you've completed Units 1-6, move onwards and upwards to Units 7-12!
Master ASL: Level 1 - This textbook / DVD set is well suited to grade school and high school students, with excellent pictures and practice exercises.
Master ASL: Fingerspelling, Numbers, and Glossing - Fingerspelling and numbers are one of the biggest challenges for ASL learners. This workbook provides clear and useful instruction and practice exercises.
Learning American Sign Language: Levels I and II - Less attractive design/user-friendly than other textbooks, but the content is top-notch!! Well-explained information about signs, culture, and especially grammar.
Linguistics of American Sign Language - This advanced textbook examines the complex but concrete structures that make up ASL.
American Sign Language Dictionary - Incredibly comprehensive dictionary! Often includes multiple variations of a sign if another version is common. Great illustrations. A solid resource to quickly search for a word.
Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths - Useful dictionary for all religious and spiritual terminology. It's not specific to one religion; you'll find a wide variety of religious vocabulary for all faiths.
The Joy of Signing - A perfect starter dictionary to establish a basic foundation of essential vocabulary.
Video: Movies, Television, and Documentary
See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary - This film takes you into the lives of four entertainers who happen to be Deaf. You'll watch an empathize with an actor, a comedian, a singer, and a drummer, all seeking success and encountering unique obstacles in an already tough industry.
Through Deaf Eyes - If you want to learn about Deaf history and culture, this is exactly where you should start. Perfect for a beginner, this documentary covers a wide range of topics pertaining to ASL, Deaf individuals, education, discrimination, and more.
Switched at Birth
Online VideoS and WEBSITES
I'm a big fan of the following resources!
Video Lessons - excellent for beginners, and family-friendly!
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