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A New Primer Helps Beginning Readers Improve Their
Comprehension of Both English and American Sign Language

Written by renowned linguistics professor and author Donna Jo Napoli and certified interpreter Doreen DeLuca, Handy Stories to Read and Sign takes a fun, illustrated approach to help beginning readers, deaf and hearing, improve their comprehension of both English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Each of the five stories presented takes place in a different month of the school year, September through January, which helps children build on real-life experiences. The stories increase in complexity as the child’s vocabulary and reading skills grow during the school year. The first story, for example, is told entirely in single-word sentences, prompting new readers to use rhymes and rhythm to memorize it until they can match the words they hear or the signs they see with the words printed on the page. The last story contains several complete sentences. A new reader, therefore, can focus on the act of reading and on building recognition skills before having to learn how written English is different from ASL or any other language. In this way, the stories are organized to welcome all new readers of English, regardless of their native language.

Also available is the Handy Stories to Read and Sign Companion DVD. The DVD features Adrian Blue, a native ASL-signer and accomplished actor, signing each story exactly as depicted in the textbook. The 30-minute DVD also displays the full text of each story. After Blue’s performances, student Janiah Mitchell signs all of the stories again in a more personal interpretation, showing that there are many ways to render these delightful tales in ASL. The Handy Stories DVD is an indispensable aide to learning and reading English and ASL for all students!

Reserve your copies of Handy Stories to Read and Sign and the Handy Stories DVD today, and receive a savings of 20% off with your exclusive subscriber discount. When ordering online, type “MAY2009” in the box labeled “use promo code” located next to the “checkout” button. You may also order by mail.


As noted by editors Debra Russell and Sandra Hale, Interpreting in Legal Settings, the fourth volume in the Studies in Interpretation series, “endeavors to bring [forth] evidence-based practices from both signed and spoken language interpreter researchers with a particular focus on the work that occurs in legal settings.” Library Bookwatch, the library newsletter of The Midwest Book Review, commends this collection: “How does one who cannot hear, or cannot speak, represent themselves in a legal procedure? Interpreting in Legal Settings is a legal exploration of the rights of the deaf, in procedures where they must use an interpreter to speak to lawyers, judges, jury, and other officials. Ethics play a big part in this world, and authors Debra Russell and Sandra Hale, both professors in studies of deafness in their respective schools, draw into established legal cases for examples of well-handled and improperly handled situations with deaf plaintiffs and defendants. Interpreting in Legal Settings is a must-read for both those in the avenues of law and those dealing with deaf people.” Read chapter two, Interpreting in Asylum Appeal Hearings: Roles and Norms Revisited, and order Interpreting in Legal Settings.


Language and the Law in Deaf Communities, edited by Ceil Lucas, garnered the following acclaim from the The Sign Language Translator and Interpreter in a recent review: “This volume attempts to untangle the complicated web of language used in legal settings that so often poses a perilous barrier to the Deaf Community and other minority language users. Chapter One introduces a fascinating insight into the world of forensic linguistics [and] draws to a close appropriately with the contribution of George Castelle who is no stranger to human rights and the exposure of injustice.” Read the complete review here. The ninth volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, Language and the Law spotlights the field of forensic linguistics and reveals how deaf people who use American Sign Language are at a distinct disadvantage in legal situations. Read more about these difficult experiences in chapter two, “Trampling Miranda: Interrogating Deaf Suspects,” and order Language and the Law.


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