Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills Narratives for Practice (with DVD)

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2008-01-14
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Written in a workbook fashion and designed as a teaching / learning vehicle,Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills is for students taking courses in American Sign Language (levels I, II or III), as well as students enrolled in interpreting programs. The written English narratives are designed for translation, interpreting and transliterating with over 80 examples on the companion DVD signed by both native Deaf individuals and nationally certified interpreters. The book is divided into four parts. Part I: The first part of the text consists of 24 chapters that provide readers with an overview of a variety of ASL grammatical features. Each chapter includes an example glossed into ASL to provide students with a model for translation, each of which are signed on the accompanying DVD, followed by narratives for student practice that gradually increase in length and difficulty. Part II The second part of the text consists of 20 chapters covering additional grammatical features. The selections become increasingly longer in length. Selections in the first several chapters of Part II are also signed by a Deaf individual on the companion DVD. As the selections become longer, a nationally certified interpreter interprets selected narratives modeling the ASL principle described in the chapter. Part III: The third part of the text is devoted to exercises that focus on building automaticity when confronting multiple meaning words, idioms, and college level vocabulary. These selections are longer in length and are designed to provide interpreters with source material that covers a wide variety of topics. Part IV: The fourth part of the text includes narratives, lectures, and passages from texts that might be read in a high school or college class. FEATURES OF THIS NEW TEXT: Part I & Part II include information onASL grammatical featuresand provides readers with examples of how to glossthe selections. These examples are also demonstrated on the accompanying DVDas a visual aid to help future interpreters. Readers are taughthow to work with multiple meaning words, idioms, and are provided with vocabulary building exercises Theworkbook designallows students opportunity tocompare what their written responses to the exercises with what they see on the accompanying DVD. Enclosed DVDallows students tosee some of the narratives signed and interpretedandprovides students with visual examples and role modelsof what the ASL principles look in action.

Author Biography

Nanci A. Scheetz is a Professor at Valdosta State University.  She teaches courses in the American Sign Language/Interpreting Program and the Deaf Education Program.  She has been a nationally certified interpreter since 1987, and continues to work as a free-lance interpreter in educational and community settings.  She has written curriculum materials, presented numerous workshops, and is the author of Orientation to Deafness, 2nd ed. 2002 (Allyn & Bacon),  Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness, 2004 (Allyn & Bacon), and Sign Communication for Everyday Use, 1998 (Pro-Ed).   

Table of Contents

Transcription Symbols
Selections for Beginning ASL Students
Pronouns, Locations, and Use of Sign Space
Example 1.0
Mary Lives in New York
Toms Learning ASL
Fingerspell that Again
Susan Attends School
A Teacher at the Residential School
My Father
The French Teacher
The Elementary School
Learning Sign Language
What Does It Mean?
Free Expressive Practice
Directional Verbs
The Teacher Helps Out
Please Help Me
Sending a Box to California
Finding the Restroom
Bring Chairs to the Table
Locating the Gold Paper
Meet Monique
Where is the Office?
The Lady in the Cafeteria
Jasons Sign Language Class
Free Expressive Practice
Descriptive Adjectives
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