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Carol J. Patrie and Robert E. Johnson

1 book, 1 DVD, 1 CD-ROM

192-page book, 187-min DVD

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

Fingerspelled Word Recognition through Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)

2022 Update! No more DVD or CD! Withy any purchase, past or future of the RSVP book set 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 program. RSVP leads you through the theory behind fingerspelling, provides you with abundant practice, and rewards you with improved recognition of fingerspelled words.

RSVP can be used in the classroom or for self-study.

TEXTBOOK - explains the form and function for the types of fingerspelling:

  • Careful
  • Rapid
  • Lexicalized

WEB-BASED APP - provides "brain training" for processing serial information. English letters are used to present words for users to recognize or type. Forty-two lessons with over 4000 words with varying difficulty will sharpen the needed skills for fingerspelled word recognition.

ONLINE VIDEO LIBRARY - using lists of fingerspelled words and ASL monologues you study the fingerspelling first, then understand those words in context with the full ASL monologue.

Learning and practicing this extensively researched approach is the key to unlocking the mystery of understanding fingerspelled words.

*Attention ASL Teachers! Take a moment and read our FAQs regarding how to use  RSVP  with your ASL classes. Remember to download the free sample syllabus directly below the main image on this page for hlep using RSVP in a one-semester course.

About the authors:
Carol J. Patrie, Ph.D. 
known nationally and internationally,  was instrumental in designing the Master of Arts in Interpretation program at Gallaudet University. Patrie is one of the foremost professionals in the fields of interpretation and Education, 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, 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." 

This book will change the way that signers and interpreters learn how to fingerspell forever! The effective strategies that are presented in this book for fingerspelled word recognition are a major breakthrough for training and if used appropriately, can improve the learning and teaching of fingerspelling. The practical approaches in the book are clearly written and easy to follow, which makes for a wonderful way to practice (fingerspelled) word recognition!
Carolyn Ball, Ph.D.
Executive Director - VRS Interpreting Institute (VRSII)

I have always told students and interpreters that "Fingerspelling is the first thing you learn and the last thing to master!" With Carol's work with RSVP the challenging task of comprehending fingerspellng becomes much more attainable.
Lauri Metcalf - Chair of ASL/IT Department of San Antonio College