Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6 Book and DVDs
“Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6” is a comprehensive guide designed to introduce American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture to students with little or no prior knowledge. Authored by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, and Ken Mikos³, this workbook is the first part of a series that aims to bring students to a basic level of communicative competency in ASL.
The curriculum covers several lessons, including conversational (functional), skill-building, cultural, and review. Conversational lessons introduce vocabulary and key grammar structures through dialogues, while skill lessons focus on numbers, fingerspelling, spatial elements, and other supporting skills. Cultural lessons provide insights into behaviors that enable students to interact with the Deaf community in a respectful and aware manner.
Unit 6 specifically focuses on building narrative skills, preparing students to tell a story from their childhood. The workbook is supplemented with DVDs that include over seven hours of ASL video clips, reinforcing classroom instruction and providing a more immersive learning experience.
This workbook is a language-learning tool and a bridge to understanding and respecting Deaf Culture. It’s an essential resource for anyone looking to communicate comfortably in various situations within the Deaf community.