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Carol J. Patrie and Robert E. Johnson

1 book, Online Video Library access, Web-Based App

192-page book, 187-min video

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System Requirements
Mac - OS X 10.6, PC - Windows 7

Fingerspelled Word Recognition through Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)

Exciting update! No more DVD or CD! With any purchase, past or future of the RSVP instructional set, just use the access code on the inside back cover of the book to access the new web-based app and the online video library. When you've finished reading the book, go HERE to get started on the app, then HERE to study the video word lists and monologues.

Carol J. Patrie and Robert E. Johnson have spent years researching and creating a one-of-a-kind, research-based instructional package that guides you to success in reading fingerspelled words. There are three components to the package. Use them in this order:

1. The Textbook explains how to use the program, discusses anxiety associated with reading fingerspelling. It also explains the form and function for the types of fingerspelling:

  • Careful Fingerspelling
  • Rapid Fingerspelling
  • Lexicalized Fingerspelling

2. The Web-Based App provides demanding and effective cognitive practice building skills for rapidly processing serial information. Letters from the Roman alphabet are used to present words, one letter at a time at a specific training speed. There are forty-three lessons with over 4300 challenges at varying levels of difficulty that will sharpen one of the skills needed for fingerspelled word recognition. The program includes a mechanism to improve processing time through the use of brief distractors.

3. The Online Video Library allows you to continue developing your skills by first using a template building approach that links RSVP to fingerspelled words. The words in these word lists are taken from the accompanying ASL monologues. Finally, you will see those fingerspelled words presented in context in the ASL monologues and you will recognize them with ease.

The RSVP instructional package can be used in the classroom or for self-study. Contact Carol Patrie if you are RID certified and would like to earn Independent Study CEUs for completing all three portions of the RSVP package.

*Attention Teachers!

ASL teachers, take a moment and read our FAQs regarding how to use RSVP with your ASL classes.

Interpreting teachers and ASL teachers, feel free to download the free sample syllabus directly below the main image on this page for help using RSVP in a one-semester course.

About the authors:
Carol J. Patrie, Ph.D.
Professor at Gallaudet University (retired), was instrumental in designing the Master of Arts in Interpretation program at Gallaudet University and is known nationally and internationally. Patrie is one of the foremost professionals in the field of interpretation with a focus on curriculum and materials design, national standards, and education for educators.

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. 
is Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University (retired), Washington, D.C., where he has been teaching and learning since 1982 in the Department of Linguistics, where he has served as Department Chair for eleven years.  He is co-author of the widely read monograph, "Unlocking the Curriculum: Principles for Achieving Access in Deaf Education."