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17:6 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 Schools

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, Learning 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 in ASL.

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” when ordering online, or order by mail.


ProtoView, formerly Reference & Research Book News, offered a succinct evaluation of Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language by Ted Supalla and Patricia Clark: “This 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 chapter one, and order Sign Language Archaeology online or by mail.


The 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).

Order your copy of The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language and see for yourself what all the excitement is about! Mail orders can be placed here.


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