Signs of the Times

By Edgar H. Shroyer
Illustrated by Susan P. Shroyer

Categories: American Sign Language Reference and Instruction
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9781563684463, 476 pages, March 2011
Ebook : 9781563684517, 476 pages, March 2011
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An excellent beginner’s ASL textbook for home or class, the second edition presents 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.



•Completely Revised with New Signs and Lessons
•Each Sign Illustration Features Sentences in English and ASL Order
•New Class Activities and New Student Activities for Homework or Quizzes
•New Facts about American Sign Language Grammar and Deaf Culture

Now, the bestselling American Sign Language textbook Signs of the Times has been completely revised and updated. The new, second edition is an excellent beginner’s American Sign Language textbook designed for use in the classroom or at home. Organized into 44 lessons, it presents more than 1,300 signs representing 3,500 English glosses. Each lesson contains clear illustrations of all signs, English equivalent words and synonyms, sample sentences to define vocabulary context, and practice sentences to display and reinforce ASL usage.

Signs of the Times is a complete text that includes new class activities for teachers, plus new student activities that can be done in class, as homework, or as quizzes. The new edition features the Contextual Sign/Word Appendix, which displays groups of sentences using the same English word to show different meanings along with the corresponding ASL signs. It also provides an expanded index, vocabulary lists, and a reading reference list. The new edition offers facts on ASL grammar and Deaf culture and includes mind ticklers that enliven the lessons with hints, tips, and mnemonic devices.

The new Signs of the Times expands the features that made it a standard, easy-to-use ASL textbook. Signs are repeated in sentences throughout the book to provide excellent practice for the students. The clear, easy-to-understand sign illustrations facilitates the learning process, enhancing students’ success while also making ASL fun.


Edgar H. Shroyer is former Professor and Director of the Education of Deaf Children Program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC.

Susan P. Shroyer is a former teacher and administrator at the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Greensboro, and a certified interpreter.



"This beginning ASL textbook can be used in the classroom or for self-study. Lessons are enlivened with tips, mnemonic devices, and fact boxes on ASL grammar and Deaf culture."

— Reference and Research Book News