Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 7-12 Book and DVDs
“Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 7-12” is the second book in a series of curricular materials designed for the instruction of American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language. Authored by Ella Mae Lentz, Cheri Smith, and Ken Mikos, this workbook is an excellent resource for teachers who have used “Signing Naturally Units 1-6” and are looking to further the instruction of ASL with their students².
The workbook is divided into several types of lessons: functional (conversational or narrative), skill building, comprehension, cultural, and review. The functional lessons introduce vocabulary and key grammar structures through dialogues or narratives². Skill-building lessons focus on practicing detailed language features that support students’ general ASL production. Comprehension lessons use stories to expand students’ skills to process and figure out meanings from larger chunks of signed information. Cultural lessons provide insights into behaviors and knowledge that enable students to interact with the Deaf community in a respectful and aware manner.
Unit 12 specifically focuses on different essential language elements to tell stories successfully. The workbook is supplemented with DVDs that include over seven hours of ASL video clips¹³, 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.