Learning American Sign Language: Pearson New International Edition: Levels I & II--Beginning & Intermediate (Anglais) Broché – 17 juillet 2013
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Learning American Sign Language: Levels I & II--Beginning & Intermediate, Second Edition, is a major revision of the First Edition, designed to help learners successfully interact with deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users.
Written by two leading authorities in the field, the text is used as the basic text for a one-semester or full-year course in ASL. Lessons are structured around language needed for common-life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogues coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture of Deaf people in the United States. The book is supported by a new videotape and an instructor's manual.
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The text is not very engaging. It is comprised mostly of grammar rules and definition entries, with too few learning exercises to employ and practice the material. The indexes in the back of the book are poorly done for a textbook.
It definitely outperforms the other "go-to" text people seem to use, Vista Signing Naturally (which has a lot of problems), but it's not a strong text. Neither text seems grounded in foundations of theory on education, or uses what is known from research in education and psychology about learning and memory, foreign language aquisition, etc. Lastly, it's expensive for what you get, especially the DVD.
It took longer than expected to arrive, especially given that I have Prime service.
First of all, it is difficult to learn 3-D signs from a book. However, you can get an accompanying DVD/VHS. However, it is not much help. The signs/models in the video are too fast for beginners to learn and pick up. This is the biggest complaint from my students.
Another thing, there isn't much cultural tidbits for beginning students. There are more grammar tidbits. Therefore, you'll get the feeling that the linguistic aspect of this book is more important than anything else. Sure, we all want you to sign correctly. However, I want my students to have equal knowledge of the Deaf culture/community.
There are about 3 exercises in each unit. There's barely any activities included to make learning fun. This book focuses on rote learning rather than meaningful learning. For me, rote learning isn't quite effective for students to learn signs.
If your teacher/class require this book, I suggest you bombard your teacher with questions about signs, grammar and culture.
I am the author of the Michel Thomas series of CDs to learn spoken Mandarin Chinese.
This is a very helpful DVD if you know how to use it.
I learned by trial and error so I will share what I learned and hopefully you will benefit from my experience.
This DVD does not include everything in the accompanying book. The only things you will find on it are those parts of the text with the closed caption sign next to them.
The actors are professional, the signing at the speed of deaf signers, the camera work is excellent and very clear.
My suggestion is to go through all the related material on your own and, hopefully ,with a study partner ( not essential but helpful) and only then look at the DVD.
Stop the player whenever necessary (I watch on my Mac) and review any part where you really don't follow what the actors are communicating.
This is a wonderful DVD if you understand its strengths and weaknesses.
It will not teach you ASL. It will give you practice in seeing the signs in action and at the speed deaf signers use. At first this may appear overwhelming. Welcome to the club. It is overwhelming if you don't follow it. So work with the text, review the exercises in the text on your own, and then, finally, use the DVD as a nice dessert to give you feedback on what you have learned and need to review.
Be very eager to make mistakes!! This will give you feedback and help you to become even more comfortable with communicating in ASL.
See my other review of the text if you want more information on this title.