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8:11 Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Learning American Sign Language (ASL)
in Living Color

A New DVD Enhances Learning ASL

Now, you can complement The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary with a new DVD. This fully searchable, full-color DVD features a diverse cast of native signers forming 1,400 signs from The Handshape Dictionary. By matching the corresponding English word from The Handshape Dictionary to the sign depicted on the DVD, users will benefit from the added dimension of seeing exactly how the sign is formed from beginning to end. They can repeat a sign as many times as necessary to learn precisely how to form it themselves. Add The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary DVD to your collection and enhance your communication skills in both ASL and English. Use your exclusive subscriber discount and save 20% off the regular price when you order The Dictionary DVD online or by mail. For online orders, type “NOV0620%” in the “Comments or Special Instructions” box below your credit card information.

Other Handshape titles include The American Sign Language Handshape Flash Cards and The American Sign Language Handshape Starter. And for a different and entertaining way to practice ASL that students of all ages are sure to enjoy, we offer The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book.

Kids love sign language! That’s because it’s visual, it’s fun, and it’s easy to learn. In addition, learning American Sign Language (ASL) can help students reinforce vocabulary, strengthen language skills, improve spelling, and increase reading ability. Signing Fun: American Sign Language Vocabulary, Phrases, Games, and Activities by child development instructor Penny Warner offers a wide variety of signs on middle-schoolers’ favorite topics, including animals, emotions, fashion, food, holidays, home, outdoors, parties, people, places, school, shopping, sports, and travel. Each chapter ends with sample sentences so that students can practice the newly learned signs in a fun way. Helpful tips for signing, such as where to place the hands and how to choose a name sign, are scattered throughout the book. The book also offers dozens of entertaining games and activities to play with ASL, such as Alphabet Sign, Finger Fun, Gesture Guess, Match Signs, Mime and Sign, and much more. Learning to sign is just plain fun. So get your fingers ready to begin! Save 20% off the regular price when you order Signing Fun online or by mail. For online orders, type “NOV0620%” in the “Comments or Special Instructions” box below your credit card information.

Authors Charles and Nipapon Reilly’s The Rising of Lotus Flowers, the 11th volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, received praise in the fall issue of Disability Studies Quarterly: “The Rising of Lotus Flowers: Self Education by Deaf Children in Thai Boarding Schools is an excellent book for educators who want to gain a heightened sensitivity to and an informed perspective about the special educational needs of deaf children from a cross-cultural viewpoint. The book provides an inspiring illustration of the power of the human spirit in overcoming social and environmental obstacles in the pursuit of educational achievement. I would highly recommend that it be placed on the reading list of college faculty who are teaching graduate courses in special education teacher training programs.” You can read the full review here. The Rising of Lotus Flowers profiles schools for deaf students in Thailand and reveals how the deaf students learned to teach each other in a unique incubator of communication and education. Read more in chapter 2 “Education and Deaf People in Thailand” and order your copy today.

150 Years on Kendall Green: Celebrating Deaf History and Gallaudet, which is Gallaudet University Press Institute’s sixth international conference, will be held April 11–13, 2007, at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. James M. McPherson, Professor Emeritus of Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, will be the keynote speaker. He and an extraordinary ensemble of scholars will present on a myriad of topics from the intersection of the assimilation movement with Deaf education during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the influence of Gallaudet on Deaf education worldwide, and much more. Register online now through February 15, 2007, and receive a 20% discount off the regular registration fee of $250. For more information about the conference, go to http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/index.html.

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