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Signing Naturally Units 1-6 is the first part in a series of curricular materials for the instruction of American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language. The goal is to take students with little or no knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture and provide them with the skills needed to communicate comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community. Cultural information taught throughout class allows students to interact with the Deaf community in a way that is respectful and aware.
Signing Naturally Units 1-6 curriculum’s first and foremost goal of language teaching is to bring a person unable to communicate in ASL to a basic level of communicative competency. The curriculum and the lessons are designed to help the class and the program meet the five areas of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities outlined by ACTFL.
Units 1-5 comprise several kinds of lessons: conversational (functional), skill building, cultural, and review. Conversation (function) lessons introduce vocabulary and key grammar structures in context of key dialogues. Skill lessons focus on introducing numbers, fingerspelling, spatial elements, and other supporting skills. Cultural lessons focus on behaviors that enable students to act in linguistically and socially acceptable ways. Unit 6 focuses on building narrative skills to prepare students to tell a story from their childhood.
Cultural aspects of the Deaf world are illuminated through this classic collection of anecdotes updated to include new stories about the foibles of the latest communication technologies. Anecdotes regarding VRS, pagers, videophones, and email/Instant messaging abound in this new edition.