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Now also included with the Start ASL Teacher’s Curriculum are your own downloadable copies of the Don’t Just “Sign”… Communicate! Student Guide Series to use in your classroom. These essential books are your students’ key to success! They’re the perfect supplements for your ASL classes.
This Guide Gives You EVERYTHING You Need…and More.
One of the biggest benefits of Don’t Just “Sign”…Communicate!: A Student’s Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community is that we provide you with information you need but didn’t know to ask for. The package is absolutely jam-packed with benefits:
This guide was created specifically to help you understand ASL more effectively. The perfect companion for our ASL course, this guide supplements the course and offers up the best possible information to help you better understand everything involved while learning ASL.
Without a doubt, it is the best student’s guide to ASL and the Deaf community in existence, and provides numerous benefits for individuals who are taking ASL classes.
This book is a real gem! Informative, intriguing, and an easy read — it is your ticket to a new world of friendships and cultural understanding! When it’s time to step out of the classroom and into the Deaf Community–Michelle Jay’s advice and insights are just what you need! Remember what you learned from this book and you’ll do great!
A Student’s Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community is an essential guide for those thinking of learning ASL, considering a career working within the Deaf community or looking to understand Deaf culture. It truly is the bible for “everything you need to know but didn’t know to ask.” This book is filled with all the important information you need in one place and is truly an amazing read.
As a Deaf person who hails from Gallaudet University with Masters Studies in ASL Linguistics, taught ASL at various state universities for over 25 years, trained sign language interpreters, and served on the board for interpreter quality assurance qualification programs, I definitely suggest this book for the beginning ASL signer. Communication involves so much more than just learning, using, and understanding the language. This book smoothly pulls it all together while inspiring the novice learner. I whole-heartedly and with honor recommend this book.
Hearing folks are often clueless as to what the Deaf-World is really like, really about, and they are often not sure what the best approach is to finding out, particularly if they have a goal to learning proper American Sign Language. Michelle Jay’s Don’t Just Sign…Communicate: A Student’s Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community offers a fantastic way to self learn. I love this concise, friendly reference book! It describes the history of the Deaf-World; beliefs, values, behaviors, traditions, and practices within that world; Deaf Education; ASL Careers; Deaf-World terminology, Deaf-World technology, and much more. In short, the book is an engaging summary of the whole Deaf culture in the US. It includes information on how to become meaningfully and respectfully involved with ASL and Deaf communities. Readers even have a chance to test themselves in the final chapter to gauge what they’ve learned from the book.
Michelle Jay has given students of American Sign Language (ASL) a true treasure in her new book; Don’t Just “Sign”… Communicate: A Student’s Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community. Without this book it is similar to learning to swim without ever taking off one’s floaters; you may be able to stay afloat but will never learn to swim. Jay explains many crucial elements of the proper way to sign and how to integrate into the deaf community. In addition she provides many dos and don’ts, so you will not embarrass yourself when signing. She explains the history of the deaf culture which is something that many deaf people are quite proud of and cherish. There is a section of deaf terminology which is important information. The other section I appreciate is a comprehensive list of other quality resources. I highly recommend the entire series of three books.
The Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar provides the fundamentals of perfect ASL grammar so you can sign confidently.
Students taking ASL classes are often expected to pick up on the grammar rules themselves, by being a part of the deaf community, or by immersing themselves in sign language from the beginning. If you’re learning on your own or you’re unable to sign with others often, it can be extremely difficult to pick up these rules. This guide will help you:
This incredible guide provides you with the confidence you need to communicate fluently and correctly. Unfortunately, many signers go years without picking up the proper grammar, even when they’re conversing with other signers regularly. You don’t have to let this happen to you!
Think you can’t learn American Sign Language? Well, think again. Start ASL’s book, A Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar makes learning ASL grammar and syntax not only fun but easy to understand. This guide gives you the tools you need to feel comfortable communicating in the Deaf community.
Studying ASL Linguistics at Gallaudet University was truly an eye opening experience, even for me, a Deaf person, who has already mastered American Sign Language since childhood. Combining all of the grammatical aspects of ASL to form a complete idea is not easy for the beginning signer. Luckily, A Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar explains all of this, how to execute, and then some! Great job to Michelle Jay for making this available and so clearly for the new and not-so-new signer.
At first when I downloaded this book, I was surprised to see it was so short–but after reading a bit I quickly realized it is packed *full* of good information. The author doesn’t waste space explaining vocabulary words or such, she expects you’ll have an ASL dictionary and probably had at least some ASL instruction before, too. To that end, I wouldn’t recommend this book for ASL beginners–you’ll want to have had some time learning the basics before drinking from this particular fire hose. Nevertheless, even as many of these grammar points were not a surprise to me after the ASL classes I’ve had, it’s really helpful for me to see them all laid out clearly like this, so I suspect I will keep referring to the book for reference and/or practice.
Learned so much from this book! This is a must have in the library of any person interested in or learning ASL (American Sign Language). This book includes more than just how to form the signs correctly it gives background information on how to use the signs in ASL and in which instances there are other acceptable interpretations. Anyone from a very new beginner to a more advanced learner can find very useful information. The illustrations are very easy to under and the explanations are covered with very clear examples. I am using this book side-by-side with my course material. You will be happy you made this purchase.
This eye-opening e-book will ignite your senses and eliminate any misconceptions you may have about the deaf community.
Delve into this informative and entertaining collection of personal stories culled from the writings of talented Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened people.
Experience the world from their perspectives and learn what questions and comments are best avoided and what common courtesies are most appreciated. By reading this book, you can immerse yourself in the textured world of the deaf community.
This book is meant as a guide to equip ASL students, but it is so much more… It is a book for the masses – to be read and reread, to be savored – for it will resonate with you long after the last page is turned.
This book is an amazing read and takes you inside the lives and experiences of many Deaf people who have certainly made their mark in the world, whether in the past or in present day, explaining in full the difference between the two. Some of their experiences in growing up were harsh due to discrimination and bullying at being Deaf, but it never let the light from within them stop shining. I wish I could give it SIX stars out of five… such a treasured compendium!
I’m really interested in ASL, so I assumed the book was going to be mostly about ASL and capital-D Deafhood. So I was really pleasantly surprised that the scope of the book is much larger than that, with essays from Deaf, deaf, HH, lipreading, signing, non-signing, hearing aid users, CI users, 100% hearing loss, late-deafened adults, and just about every other type of hearing loss/deaf gain perspective you can think of, both from the U.S. and England.
This pocket-size e-book is a fantastic collection of terms commonly used in the Deaf Community and allows you to:
This little book is a brief, pocket dictionary of terms one can encounter in ASL / Deaf-World studies and interactions. This guide contains words and acronyms used in association with Deaf culture, services, education, technology, and discussion…This quick reference pocket guide might be useful for some people who are participating in Deaf-World events, ASL Workshops, Deaf Education seminars, research, classes, presentations, and activities like these.
Your students will need their own copies of the DJSC! Student Guides if you want them to complete the Readings Assignments in the course. The e-books included with this curriculum are for the teacher’s use only in the classroom.
Your students will need a webcam or other video recording device if you want them to record themselves signing for the Expressive Signing Assignments.
And for ASL 4, your students will need to purchase (or borrow from your local library) the book Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries to complete some Reading Assignments in the course.
The DJSC! Student Guides included with this package are for your use in the classroom only. If you would like your students to have their own copies of these guides, please have them purchase their own from this page: http://books.startasl.com.
Yes! While only the PDF versions are included as part of the Teacher’s Curriculum, the books are also available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and iBook formats. Click here for links to all available formats.
Yes! If you’re still not sure that the Teacher’s Curriculum is right for you, please download our sample here and see for yourself. It’s the most comprehensive, inclusive package available today. Created by ASL professionals, our curriculum aims to fully immerse your students into American Sign Language so they can learn to sign fluently and accurately.
The curriculum is first downloaded in ZIP format. Once extracted, the files are in PDF, MP4 video, and HTML format. The DJSC! Student Guides are provided in PDF format.
The zipped curriculum folders are roughly 1.4-1.9 GB per level. You will need to make sure you have enough free space available on your device. Because they are so large, we highly recommend only downloading the course level you are currently working on. Your downloads don’t expire. Please keep in mind that these files can take quite a while to download even with a fast internet connection.
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Yes! We do suggest downloading the files to your computer first, unzipping the files, and then transferring them to your device. You can also use an app like WinZip or iZip for Apple devices or WinZip or AndroZip for Android devices to unzip the zip folders directly on your device. Also, make sure you have programs available on your device to open PDF and MP4 video files.
No – this curriculum is a one-time purchase for you to use in your classroom for as many years as you need.
Feel free to post some videos and activities on your private school server for use by your students. However, posting the DJSC! Student Guides without your students purchasing their own copies or posting these materials on any public website would violate the copyright.
If you have a DVD burner and the skills necessary to do this, then yes! If you’re able to do that, you can use a DVD player to watch the videos instead of a computer or mobile device.
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