A New Way of Experiencing American Sign Language and English
We offer the following as an informal guide to shared learning with your child.  The books are currently being used by Teachers of Deaf children for both ASL and English instruction.  Our blog is a place to share ideas and get ideas from other familes.  Check it out! We are piloting academic programs for Deaf children and will post curricula and activities as they become available.   In the interim, with thanks to Alexander Zernovoj, we are pleased to share with you some results of his research on using media to teach Deaf children. You can read more about the work of Mr. Zernovoj at: http://personal.gallaudet.edu/alexander.zernovoj . To view Alexander Zernovoj's Flash Presentation Click here   We also recommened the 'Principles of Reading for Deaf Children", written by Jaclyn Vincent. For informal learning we recommend: Learn the Story: Start with having your child learn the book in their native language.  ASL Tales works as a literacy tool for learning both ASL and English.  Deaf children who have a background in a visual language should begin with "ASL Only".  Children who have reading proficiency should begin with the captioned version of "Play Story".   Follow Your Child: Our ASL stories are, by design, told in a way that's engaging to fluent ASL users and novice signers.  When children are ready, and that is variable with each child, they will be naturally drawn to finding the visual message in the written text.    This is a book that all Deaf children can enjoy.   We encourage you to let them enjoy their way into using it as a learning tool. THE TOOLS:   1) Play Story: The ASL story is presented with page breaks to link the ASL message to each page of the English text.  Children will be able to see how each language tells the same story. 2) Page by Page: Students studying the book, either to learn English or ASL, can easily target their efforts to a specific page. 3)Glossary: Vocabulary from the text is taught both as the formal sign and demonstrated in a sentence from the story. 4) ASL Clues: Video clips from the story highlight specific aspects of ASL grammar or syntax. Find answers and explanations on the website.  This section will make it possible for ASL-learning parents to understand the ASL message, and learn important features of ASL grammar and syntax.   5)ASL Only: The story is told without page breaks.  Color-coded borders anchor readers to a specific page of the story.   6) Languages: Select English captioning or any of the foreign languages (useful for parents who are not fluent in English).
Guide to Using ASL Tales for Deaf Children
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