Monday, June 29, 2015
The “New” Foreign Language
A Groundbreaking Study Sheds Light on the
Growth of Programs and Classes in American Sign Language in United States High
The number of American high schools with American Sign Language (ASL) programs
and classes increased 4000% between the first national survey conducted by the
Center for Applied Linguistics in 1996 and a national survey that Russell S.
Rosen conducted in 2005. In his new book,
American Sign Language in High School: Motivation, Strategies, and Achievement, Rosen shares the results of his survey
and reveals why high
school students take ASL for foreign language credit, how they learn new signs
and grammar, and how different learning techniques determine their achievement
This volume consists
of an overview of theories on how students learn foreign languages, a
discussion of the study method, and the studies on students’ learning along with
results and analyses of the results. Within each topic area of investigation,
Rosen surveyed high school students who do not have learning disabilities and
also those who do have learning disabilities. His findings will help teachers not only in developing
strategies to showcase ASL when they recruit students to their classes, but also
in creating learning activities that foster optimal student achievement. Rosen then concludes with a discussion of the
studies and suggestions for teachers.
For more insights, read
chapter one, and take advantage of your exclusive
subscriber discount by ordering today. Use the code “JUNE2015”
ordering online, or
order by mail.
formerly Reference & Research Book News, offered a succinct evaluation
Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign
Language by Ted Supalla and Patricia Clark:
volume documents the history and development of American Sign Language (ASL).
It describes its roots in French Sign Language and draws on films produced by
the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) between 1910 and 1920 and early sign
language dictionaries to illustrate the transformation of early ASL into modern
ASL. It details the language plan created by NAD leaders to preserve the
original form of signing that reflected the sign language of the founders; the
biographies of each sign master and their contributions to the films; the
lexicon and morphology of early ASL; the history of dactylology and its role and
influence in the morphological system and the loan-sign and name-sign systems;
and the historical context for the grammar of early ASL. It documents the
literary legacy of the deaf American voice, discussing the literary skills of
sign masters in public oratory and at banquets; the use of sign language at the
beginning of the Dark Period; folk vs. scientific etymology in the history of
ASL; the evolution of morphological processes in ASL; and the varieties of ASL
that disappeared or survived the Dark Period and their impact today.” Read
one, and order Sign Language Archaeology
or by mail.
accolades continue to pour in for
The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language!
The Children’s Dictionary is a featured title in the 25th edition of the
University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, a
popular and trusted acquisitions resource. Additionally,
the dictionary was
presented by a panelist at “The Best of the Best from the American
University Presses” program at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA)
Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The titles featured in the university press bibliography were selected by a
committee of librarians from the American Association of School
Librarians (AASL) and the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA/CODES).
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