Signing Naturally Units 1-6
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. Click here to see how Signing Naturally Units 1-6 match up with the 5 C's!
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.
Features of Units 1-6:
- Teacher's lessons and student homework tied closely together reinforces classroom learning
- Unit 6, Storytelling, builds narrative skills appropriate to new learners
- Complete Teacher's Guide index and Student Workbook topic index allow easy access to information
- Over 100 hours of instructional material