WELCOME TO SIGN
Welcome to Sign Buddies Online Sign Language classes!
We also have links to online dictionaries and other resources as you learn to sign.
Staff classes will begin the first week of September.
Why should you
learn Sign Language?
We think everyone should learn Sign language! Here are some good reasons from the University of Rochester..... http://www.asl.rochester.edu/whyasl.htm
American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of the Deaf community in the United States and much of Canada. It is the central vehicle for communication among Deaf people, and is therefore also a binding force in their culture.
ASL uses a
gestural-visual modality in which manual signs, facial expressions, and body
movements and postures all convey complex linguistic information. It is a fully
developed language, with its own systems for articulation, forming words and
sentences, and meaning.
ASL is estimated to be the fourth most commonly used language in the U.S. Students of ASL learn about other aspects of American Deaf culture, including the values and outlooks of Deaf people, and social and educational aspects of deafness.
The study of ASL also provides excellent preparation to students for professional careers as sign language interpreters, sign language instructors, counselors, audiologists, speech pathologists, program administrators, community service personnel, and many other deaf-related vocations.
Here is a great opportunity...
ASL Learning Opportunity at Little Wound School
Let's get started.....
Students will develop basic fingerspelling, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion of Deaf Culture and interactions with the Deaf Community will be key components of this course. We will also compare ASL with PISL – Plains Sign Language.
CLASS #1 ABC's
Try these two activities. There are two links to sites that will help
you practice fingerspelling:
# 2 PRACTICE!
Reading finger-spelling from Dr. Bill Vicars, a free American
Sign Language (ASL) Fingerspelling Practice Site
Here are some ideas how you can improve from John Miller: https://www.signingsavvy.com/blog/32/Tips+for+Reading+Fingerspelling
Tips for Reading Fingerspelling By John
Many people talk to me about their frustrations with fingerspelling and
want suggestions on how to improve their receptive skills when it comes to
reading fingerspelling. My suggestions tend to follow a lot of the same rules
that apply to teaching a child to read:
1. Practice, practice, practice...the more you work on reading other people's fingerspelling, the better you will get. Everyone's fingers are different so it is important to practice with many different partners in order to experience all the styles of hands. (Unfortunately not everyone has long easily read fingers!)
Don't get stuck on reading each letter as an individual
letter. Instead think of it and the "shape" of the word. Watch for
double letters and the beginning and ending letters. You should be able to fill
in the rest with the contextual clues (much like you do with reading an unknown
word in a sentence in a written passage).
Instead of saying each letter as you are seeing it, say
each SOUND. (You are basically sounding it out.) This will help as you are
trying to figure out the word. That way when you miss a letter here and there,
by sounding it out you will be able to fill in the blanks.
Fingerspelling, hands-down is one of the trickiest parts of the language.
Don't get too frustrated. Take it slow at first. Don't be afraid to ask a deaf
person to "spell it again please", they more than likely will be
happy to repeat themselves.
CLASS # 3 FOODS
Type in the name of a food and you will see how to sign it! Many food
signs are iconic- they look like the food or how it is eaten. Look up the
ice cream cone - holding the cone and licking the ice cream
bread - slicing the loaf of bread
sandwich - putting two pieces of bread together
milk- milking the cow
pop - opening the pop top of the can
popcorn - the kernels of popcorn bursting
What other foods can you find that "look like" the
Here is a comparison of ASL and PISL
Comparing the sign differences between American Sign Language (ASL) & Crow Sign Language (PISL). Flarin Big Lake is a member of the Crow Tribe. Flarin is the last Deaf person in Crow Tribe who uses Crow Sign Language (language variety of Plains Sign Language). He kindly emphasized PISL is not a nationwide native sign language. It's used in the plains area – Crow, Cheyenne, Flathead, Rocky Boy, etc. The video is in honor of Flarin Big Lake on Indigenous People Day. Posted by Seek the World on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
CLASS # 4 ANIMALS
Can you tell what animals this represents?
CLASS # 5 ACTIONS
This table includes a few common noun and verb pairs.
Action words or verbs often are a mime of the action they represent. Signs
for terms such as throw, catch, eat, drink, slide, sneeze, fall look like the
action. Can you find more iconic signs for verbs?
Some nouns and verbs in American Sign Language (ASL) share the same handshapes. You distinguish the part of speech by signing the motion once if it’s a verb and twice if it’s a noun. Although most nouns don’t have a verb that looks the same, all but a few nouns need the double motion.
CLASS #6 DEAF CULTURE
Because about 90% of Deaf people are born to hearing parents, they absorb
their culture from their peers, not their families. Most Deaf children who
attend residential schools for the deaf pick up ASL from their classmates
(usually from the few classmates who are born to Deaf parents). Because of this
source of cultural identity, one of the first questions Deaf people ask upon
meeting each other is where they went to school and who their teachers were. In
this way, the Deaf community can become very close-knit, as each member becomes
familiar with residential schools in various regions of the country.
American Deaf culture centers on the use of ASL and identification
and unity with other people who are Deaf. A Deaf sociolinguist, Dr. Barbara
Kannapel, developed a definition of the American Deaf culture that includes a
set of learned behaviors of a group of people who are deaf and who have their
own language (ASL), values, rules, and traditions. In 1913, George W. Veditz,
president of the National Association of the Deaf, reflected in an old movie
the sense of identity ASL gives Deaf individuals when he signed, "As long
as we have deaf people on Earth, we will have signs, and as long as we have our
films, we can preserve our beautiful sign language in its original purity. It
is our hope that we all will love and guard our beautiful sign language as the
noblest gift God has given to deaf people."
The values, behaviors, and traditions of Deaf culture include:
Promoting an environment that supports vision as the
primary sense used for communication at school, in the home, and in the
community, as vision offers individuals who are deaf access to information
about the world and the independence to drive, travel, work, and participate in
every aspect of society.
Valuing children who are deaf as the future of deaf
people and Deaf culture. Deaf culture therefore encourages the use of ASL, in
addition to any other communication modalities the child may have.
Support for bilingual ASL/English education of children
who are deaf so they are competent in both languages.
Inclusion of specific rules of behavior in communication
in addition to the conventional rules of turn taking. For example, consistent
eye contact and visual attention during a conversation is expected. In
addition, a person using sign language has the floor during a conversation
until he or she provides a visual indicator (pause, facial expression, etc.)
that he or she is finished.
Perpetuation of Deaf culture through a variety of
traditions, including films, folklore, literature, athletics, poetry,
celebrations, clubs, organizations, theaters, and school reunions. Deaf culture
also includes some of its own "music" and poetry as well as dance.
Inclusion of unique strategies for gaining a person's
attention, such as:
§ gently tapping a person
on the shoulder if he or she is not within the line of sight,
§ waving if the
person is within the line of sight, or
§ flicking a light
switch a few times to gain the attention of a group of people in a room.
What should I call people who cannot hear? Old fashioned terms used
to be acceptable are now considered an insult. Many Deaf people are proud of
being Deaf (capital "D"). Do you know any Deaf people?
Ask them what they prefer and why. Which is correct...
Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing impaired?
Signing Online offers web-based courses, designed to
effectively teach you American Sign Language (ASL) at your own pace from
anywhere using your computer, tablet or smart phone. These courses focus on
conversational ASL and use videos to demonstrate the visual nature of signing.
The courses are perfect for anyone wanting to learn ASL.
Language University is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center. ASLU
provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information, as well as
fee-based instructor-guided courses. Many instructors use the ASLU lessons as a
free "textbook" for their local ASL classes. This is a great sign language
resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and
resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.
Our American Sign Language classes are based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. In order to take full advantage of the learning that transpires, students are expected to manage and direct their academic progress with support and guidance from their instructor. Our online courses are immersion courses; they are self-paced and are not the “softer, easier way”! Deadlines have been set to ensure that you have adequate time to complete all assignments within the current session. Active participation is required. Viewings, assignments and activities are posted online and students are required to log in to submit video assignments electronically and participate in course discussions through video. Students are expected to have basic computer and Internet literacy, and are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and web camera.
ASLdeafined is a subscription based website for American Sign Language (ASL) utilizing
video lessons. The content is for anyone who wishes to learn ASL, regardless of
age. It has been designed to instruct Deaf students, parents of Deaf children,
and the community-at-large. You may cancel your subscription at any time. All
lessons are taught by Deaf experts of ASL.
ASl Pro- ASLPro.com was created to be a free resource for the classroom teacher.
Hearing Loss Simulation:
DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Deaf Awareness Week is observed every year in the last whole week of
September from Sunday to Saturday. The first World Congress of The Deaf was
held in the last week of September in 1951 and since then the final week in the
month of September came to be Deaf Awareness Week.
Martha's Vineyard http://www.sorensonvrs.com/dhm_march_2015_marthas_vineyard