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13:3 Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sign Activities to Fit Any Student’s Learning Style

The New Edition of the Most Popular Textbook for Learning ASL

The completely revised and updated edition of Signs of the Times is an excellent beginner’s American Sign Language (ASL) textbook for home or class. It includes 44 lessons with more than 1,300 signs for 3,500 English glosses, plus facts on ASL grammar and Deaf culture, practice sentences, mind ticklers, and more. The clear, easy-to-understand sign illustrations facilitate the learning process, enhancing students’ success while also making ASL fun.

“The layout of this book is somewhat similar to the first [edition of] Signs of the Times,” shares author Edgar H. Shroyer, “but the similarity stops there. The emphasis of this new edition is on ASL, my first language as a child. I hope that the format of Signs of the Times appeals to you and will serve as a strong foundation for the daunting task of teaching ASL. The lesson format of the original [edition of] Signs of the Times helped make it a bestseller. I sincerely hope that this new version, with its focus on ASL, will also be a hit with ASL instructors and students alike. It is my intention that the various activities delineated in the book, as well as the introductions to ASL grammatical constructs, will be helpful to you and make planning easier. Once you become familiar with your students’ learning styles, you should have an excellent handle on which sections of this book will work best in your classes.”

Order Signs of the Times today, and take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount of 20% off the regular price. For online orders, type “MAR2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button, or order by mail.


In Deadly Charm: The Story of  a Deaf Serial Killer, Gallaudet University Press’s first true crime title, “Florida-based forensic psychologist McCay Vernon and journalist Marie Vernon present a striking portrait of Patrick McCullough, ‘[s]o far as can be determined ... the first and only deaf man ever to be identified as a serial killer,’” notes a review in Publishers Weekly. “McCay Vernon’s personal encounters with him both in and out of prison add an authoritative tone to this psychological probe of a man with a volcanic anger and an inability to accept rejection.” A reviewer in SIGNews explains, “I could not put the book down when I started to read it. I cannot imagine myself having a childhood like Patrick did. I am sure that his outbursts and possessive personality was due to his rejection in his life. I can see that he was afraid to lose someone. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.” Read more about McCullough’s story in chapter three, “July 1979 to February 1980: Man About Town”, and order Deadly Charm.


In Signing in Puerto Rican: A Hearing Son and His Deaf Family, Andrés Torres, the only hearing member of his immediate family, writes of growing up in New York in a Deaf/hearing family that communicated freely in a mix of Spanish, ASL, and English. Torres’s story was recently highlighted in The Midwest Book Review: “Every country treats the deaf differently. Signing in Puerto Rican: A Hearing Son and His Deaf Family takes a new spin on American Sign Language as Andrés Torres, a hearing, capable individual hopes to give readers a walk into his culture as he is a member of a predominantly deaf Hispanic family. Stating that Deaf Latinos have their own take on Deaf culture and his unique upbringing, Signing in Puerto Rican is a worthy addition to any memoir collection dedicated to the deaf.” Although Torres describes his early life as one of conflicting influences in his search for identity, his journey never took him too far from his Deaf Puerto Rican family roots and the passion of arms, hands, and fingers filling the air with simultaneous translation and understanding. Read more about Torres’s unique family life in chapter one, “The A Train”, and order Signing in Puerto Rican here.


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