Intermediate Conversational Sign Language

By Willard J Madsen

Categories: American Sign Language Reference and Instruction
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9780913580790, 377 pages, August 1982
Ebook : 9781563682100, 399 pages, October 2009
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This fully illustrated text offers a unique approach to using American Sign Language (ASL) and English in a bilingual setting. Each of the 25 lessons involve sign language conversation using colloquialisms that are prevalent in informal conversations. Each lesson includes equivalent expressions in English, plus:

  • Glossed Vocabulary Review
  • Translation Exercises from ASL to English to ASL
  • Grammatical Notes
  • Substitution Drills
  • Suggested Activities

       The text also includes practice tests, a bibliography, and a glossed alphabetical index.


Willard J. Madsen is Professor Emeritus of Sign Language at Gallaudet University.