Click to See Larger Image

View Our Catalog

Join Our E-Mail List

What's New

Sign Language Studies

American Annals of the Deaf

Press Home

American Sign Language
“The Green Books”

Charlotte Baker-Shenk
and Dennis Cokely


Best known as The Green Books, the American Sign Language books provide teachers and students of American Sign Language (ASL) with the complete means for learning about the culture, community, and the native language of Deaf people. A group of 15 ASL teachers and linguists reviewed all five books to ensure that they were accurate and easy to comprehend.

A Teacher’s Resource Text on Grammar and Culture

This volume of the American Sign Language series explains in depth the grammar and structure of American Sign Language (ASL) while also presenting a description of the Deaf community in the United States. Written for teachers with minimal training in linguistics, it includes many illustrations, examples, and dialogues that also focus on specific aspects of the Deaf community.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-0-930323-84-4, 7 x 10 paperback, 488 pages, photographs, illustrations, diagrams, bibliography, glossary, index


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-163-9


A Teacher’s Resource Text on Curriculum, Methods, and Evaluation

This practical textbook details the framework for understanding and using second-language teaching techniques for ASL. Using this interactive approach to teaching language, instructors can create situations to help students learn how to converse in ASL. Conducting dialogues and drills in the classroom is explained fully; activities and exercises to supplement dialogues and drills in student textbooks are provided.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-0-930323-85-1, 7 x 10 paperback, 204 pages, illustrations, diagrams, index


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-162-2


Student Texts

The three Student Texts are designed to help students acquire conversational ability in ASL and an awareness and appreciation of deaf people. Each text contains nine instructional units that present major grammatical features of ASL through dialogues, introduce students to the intricate features of ASL structure, discuss individual grammatical features, and include sample drills.

A Student Text, Units 1–9

Print Edition: ISBN 978-0-930323-86-8, 7 x 10 paperback, 202 pages, illustrations, diagrams, index


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-159-2


A Student Text, Units 10–18

Print Edition: ISBN 978-0-930323-87-5, 7 x 10 paperback, 196 pages, illustrations, diagrams, index


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-160-8


A Student Text, Units 19–27

Print Edition: ISBN 978-0-930323-88-2, 7 x 10 paperback, 196 pages, illustrations, diagrams, index


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-161-5


Charlotte Baker-Shenk is a consultant on ASL linguistics and empowerment in Sharpsburg, MD.

Dennis Cokely is director of the American Sign Language Program and chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Northeastern University.

To order by mail, print our Order Form or call:

TEL 1-800-621-2736; (773) 568-1550 8 am - 5 pm CST
TTY 1-888-630-9347
FAX 1-800-621-8476; (773) 660-2235