|Volume 1, Issue 28||
Hello ASL Heroes!
I just received a new
limited edition print from acclaimed Deaf Artist Phillip Deck. It's a really
awesome example of what he calls "Digital Landscaping for the Tranquil
Mind." I was going to put it in my office, but Belinda, (my
wife), claimed it for
the house. It will certainly make a nice
addition to our living room.
I've received quite a few emails wanting to know if I was hosting an immersion next summer and if anybody could participate. My response is, "Yes and no." Yes, Sacramento State will host an immersion, but you need to have taken a couple of ASL classes or at least have basic conversational fluency. Here are the details for those of you who are interested:ASL Immersion “Boot-camp” Summer 2006
California State University, Sacramento
A one-month online pre-study program followed by an intense two-week no-voice residency including morning-to-night instruction (9-hours daily) scheduled to be taught by three Deaf instructors.
Upon successful completion, students will receive 8 units of regionally accredited upper-division college credit.
Online (distance education) pre-study program: July 1, 2006, to August 4, 2006. In-person Residency: August 7, 2006, – August 18, 2006.
Prerequisite: Students must have basic conversational signing ability equivalent to two-semesters of ASL classes.
- Signing Naturally Level 2 Student DVD and Workbook Price: $69.95 + S&H
- Signing Naturally Level 3 Student DVD and Workbook Price: $79.95 + S&H
- ASLU Vocabulary Development Disk $19.95 + S&H
Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable) Applications received by June 16, 2006, will have the application fee applied towards the program cost.
Applications received after June 16, 2006, will not have the application fee applied towards the program cost.
Note: Credits earned in this program count toward Sacramento State's ASL certificate program. Course numbers: EDS 152 and EDS 153.
For questions regarding registration, payment, housing, or program location, contact: Lisa-Marie Pacheco, Program Coordinator, at (916) 278-4813 or email at: email@example.com
For questions regarding course content, student readiness, instructor qualifications, or teaching methodology, contact Dr. Bill Vicars, Program Director, at BillVicars@aol.com.
ASL Instructor Salaries
Someone recently asked me, "How much does a College ASL instructor make
The answer is "it depends."
Annual pay for college instructors varies widely. Some earn in
the 20K range while others earn in the 90K range. It depends on where
you live, how many years you've been teaching, how high of a degree you
have, whether you teach extra classes, and how good you are at salary
For discussion sake, let's pick somewhere in the middle and come up with
an annual salary of $50,000. This might be for someone who has a
masters degree, has been teaching for seven years at a reasonably
prestigious institution that offers bachelors degrees in a state
with a relatively high cost of living.
In a message dated 10/3/2005 6:42:46 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, romulin101@ .com writes:
I saw somewhere that the sign for "would" is a "W" at the chin (palm towards the face) pulled back an inch or two then changed to a "D." Any comments on that? ( I don't see a "would" signing in the ASLU Dictionary section. However, I was thinking that if we can sign "Should" [by signing "have to" twice], then we should be able to sign "would." But what do I know, right?)Dear Student,
The sign you describe is used in Signed English. It is not used for conversational ASL.
In ASL, the concept of "would" is often expressed indirectly or you choose a sign that expresses the intended meaning. For example suppose you wanted to say:
"I would like to see that."
You would sign:
"I WANT SEE THAT" or perhaps "FUTURE I LIKE SEE THAT." "I would like you to come" = "I WANT YOU COME" "I wouldn't know" = "I DON'T-KNOW" "I wouldn't mind if you..." = "I DON'T-MIND ..."
"I would never go there" = "I WON'T GO (strong negative head shake)" or "I FUTURE NEVER GO."
"Who would like one?" / "I would!" = "WHO WANT?" / "raised hand"
In a message dated 10/3/2005 6:42:46 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, a student asks:
If you don't sign "are" in ASL, how would one ask "How are you?" Would it be a HOW + FEEL and index finger towards the person, or is there another way?To sign "How are you?" you use the signs, "HOW YOU?" If you sign "HOW FEEL YOU?" that would be interpreted as "How are you feeling?"
In a message dated 10/3/2005 10:23:27 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Maureen____.gov writes:
Do you have any suggestions for learning directions in ASL? I am a beginning ASL student (very old one) and I am having difficulty with directions. I keep rewinding the "Signing Naturally" video that comes with our workbook, but to no avail. We have a large class and I cannot slow down the whole group because of my slowness. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to help so many of us... Maureen JacobsenMaureen, Let me tell you this: You are not alone. I get emails from all over the world from students with the same frustration. Your best bet would be to write on a corner of the board...Tutor wanted, contact Maureen Jacobsen at (your email).
Or you might write: Would one of you youngsters be willing to help out an old woman? I need a study partner who understands this "direction" stuff....
Or you might simply pick a time that you think will work for lots of people and set up a study group. Your library likely has rooms available to reserve for this purpose. Then, when you get the tutor, ask her to sit by your side and show you how to do the directions. Seeing the directions from someone sitting by your side is much easier than someone sitting in front of you. Then later you can have the person sit in front of you and try it that way. You might be able to sit at the front of the classroom off to the side where you could pivot your chair or desk so that you are facing almost the same direction as your instructor. Then follow his movements that way. Bill
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In a message dated 9/26/2005 4:32:47 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, a student writes:
Dear Student, The sign FAVORITE is commonly used to mean prefer. Not just in the east, but wherever ASL is used. It is also used to mean "favor." As in "you-MIND FAVOR FOR ME?" (Would you mind doing me a favor?). It could even mean "type/preference" in a sentence such as: "She's not my type." ("I NOT FAVOR HER" or "GIRL SAME HER I DON'T-LIKE I"). Certainly people do sign with their own little accents. Just as in the Hearing world this is only a problem when the accent becomes so strong as to interfere with communication or annoy the listener.
However, there is a difference between an "accent" and "sloppy signing." There is also a difference between an accent and inaccurate signing. For example, suppose I move to Sacramento from Utah. I might persist in signing "COMPUTER" on my wrist instead of on my forehead. That would be a type of accent. It is not a "wrong" sign. I'm just "pronouncing" (articulating) the sign in a way they do "back home" but not in Sacramento. Or if I moved from New York to California I might tend to sign faster than many of the locals. That would also be considered an accent. Cordially, Dr. V
In a message dated 9/29/2005 3:46:19 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
In a message dated 9/30/2005 10:36:03 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, chandra@.com writes:
I have some questions about your ASL program online...I have a mum here who's 15 year old son has recenly been diagnosed with a hearing impairment that will gradually decline...the audiologist says he should be completely deaf by 25.Chandra, Students are welcome and encouraged to study ASL from Lifeprint.com for free. The lessons are all free. The links to the vocabulary are all free. There is a downloadable workbook for free. http://lifeprint.com/asl101/curriculum/index.htm The family you mentioned can study and make progress without having to pay anything.
Cordially, Bill p.s. Why don't YOU set up an ASL class and earn a bit of pocket change. You are one of the best teachers I've ever seen. Feel free to use my curriculum (see my permission page at: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/permission.htm). If you do it right within a brief time you could be earning $600 to $900 (or more) a month teaching just a few hours a week. (30 students times $40 is $1,200.00 --sweet.) I used to do that when I was your age.
In a message dated 10/1/2005 6:54:48 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Travis
In a message dated 10/1/2005 12:20:18 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Dear Bill,Ann, Sounds like a wonderful idea to me too. I've seen some medical signing sites and products out there, so I'll post your email so those of my readers who are into this topic can contact you. Brainstorming:
Mini-white board with markers. Patients who can't talk might be able to write a message. And you might be able to write to them. Not all deaf are literate enough to converse via written English, but many are, so it is worth looking into. A picture board or book might also be effective. This would consist of very obvious graphics depicting various procedures, situations, or places. This would work with both Spanish and Deaf people.
A fingerspelling sheet might be helpful.
A list of local interpreters for the deaf and/or local interpreting agencies.
There is a glove-based device out there (or in development) that voices what people fingerspell. The glove could be placed onto the deaf person's hand and he or she could spell and you'd "hear" the comment through a speaker. There is a service out there that provides video interpreting (via a "web cam" and a monitor) for hospital emergency rooms. Phrases for such a cheat sheet might include: "YOU WANT INTERPRETER?"
"YOU A-L-L-E-R-G-I-C (spell "allergic" and/or sign OPPOSITE while mouthing the word "allergic") MEDICINE?"
I'm sure you can think of dozens more. Best wishes in your endeavor. Cordially,
Dr. Bill Vicars
In a message dated 9/3/2005 5:54:16 PM Pacific Daylight Time, marksusywalsh@.com writes:
Concerning Curly Judy's concern that there's not a fast way to handwrite ASL, as an English teacher using ASL to facilitate English learning in Monterrey, Mexico, I have been developing a neo-hieroglific fastsketching technique, that might even eventuallly be useful to complete the four language tasks in ASL for any users of ASL (reading, witing, "listening" with the eyes, and "speaking" with the hands) I also champion the non-deaf usage of ASL in learning many things, including helping my young emergingly bi-lingual children to communicate sooner with less confusion and disruption. What do you think?Mark, (Susy?) Yes, certainly, ASL is great for non-deaf as well as deaf. I think that systems for writing ASL will have a hard time catching on due to "diglossia." Diglossia is "a sociolinguistic phenomenon in which complementary social functions are distributed between a prestigious or formal variety and a common or colloquial variety of a language, as in Greek, Tamil, or Scottish English." (Dictionary.com) It comes down to return on investment (ROI). Members of the Deaf Community and ASL students are unlikely to invest the time necessary to learn a "new" or "foreign (to them)" system of transcription when they already know how to write English. The fact that the new system might be more effective is not sufficient incentive for them to invest the (perceived) substantial amount of time required to master the new system. Additionally, video recording and playback is becoming increasingly easy and affordable. Many people now have video recorders built into their pocket cameras and phones. It will get to the point where students will simply videotape their instructors and play it back at home.
On the other hand, perhaps your system will catch on and be of use. The future often brings needs and paths of progress that are beyond the scope of our present imaginations.
Good luck in your endeavors Cordially, Dr. Bill
In a message dated 9/17/2005 10:31:21 AM Pacific Daylight Time, cydrina@.ca writes:
Dear Bill, I have a big question for you! One of the most frustrating things I have come across in interpreting to the Deaf is being unable to receive the signs! My husband who has never taken classes can read the signs from the Deaf but can't sign. I am the opposite! Can you suggest anything that would help? It gets very frustrating not to mention "embarassing" to ask them to repeat again and again. Many of our Deaf don't speak or make lip movements at all so I can't try to "lipread" what they are signing. Frank, who has all the patience in the world with me (God bless his heart), has a real kick out of me, because for the longest time, I would nod at anything he said, pretending I had understood. Many years ago, he asked me a question, it was not a yes/no question. Here I am nodding with a broad smile on my face as I didnt want to look foolish. He looks at me and asks "Well, what's the answer?" I felt even more foolish then. He told me that he doesn't mind repeating (or should I say re-signing) until I understand. They have learned to sign slower for me, but I have to learn to receive the signs at a normall pace. Each of them is so kind and patient with me. I printed many pages off the internet to help me with fingerspelling as I find certain letter patterns very tricky. But fingerspelling is not my biggest problem. RECEIVING the signs is my problem and I don't know if there is anything on the web that might help me. Plus, I sign LEFT. So practising in front of a mirror would not show me the same thing as someone who signs RIGHT. What's the best way to learn to READ signs? Can you please help me because after all these years, (I started to learn in 1990) I still can't master this. Cydrina P.S. As for the part when my son informed me that Marsha's mom was Deaf, it was what many call "a picture moment", you had to be there to see the look on my face. Actually, I wish I had seen it myself!!! Cydrina's Early Development CentreCydrina, Visit your local library and see if they have any ASL videos. You can watch ASL videos in your spare time to increase your receptive ability. If you can't find any at your library, try asking your librarian if she can do interlibrary loan and get you some. If you have the money, you might want to order ASL videos (from Amazon.com or elsewhere) and watch ASL stories until you can understand what is happening. You might consider my Unit 1 through Unit 9 CDs. I sat in front of my camcorder and signed thousands of words and sentences.
Go to as many Deaf/ASL socials as you can. It is literally a matter of exposing your brain to enough sign for it to quickly and easily translate what it is seeing. Bill
In a message dated 10/1/2005 4:21:02 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
Hello Bill,Kim, If the photo is of a bald guy with a mandrake-style beard--yah, it's me. Feel free to use it or the graphic drawing in your newsletter. Cordially, Bill
In a message dated 10/7/2005 5:57:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, micah_jayachandran@_____ writes:
Hi, BillMicah, My first and strongest suggestion would be for you to contact the Illinois School for the Deaf. They are located in Jacksonville. You can call them at (217) 479-4200
or visit them at Illinois School for the Deaf 125 Webster Avenue Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
If I were you I'd immediately send an email to their admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about admissions requirements. You didn't mention how old your sister, Haze, is. If she is younger than 21 there is a strong chance that she could attend the Deaf School. For general information, you can email email@example.com or visit their website at: http://www.morgan.k12.il.us/isd/. Depending on what sort of documents she signed when she came into the country, her age, and her legal status, Haze may qualify for services from the Department of Rehabilitation Services. If she qualifies the Department may assign her a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf (RCD). This counselor could help her receive job-related training and assistance. You will find contact information and an online referral form at their website: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/ors/. I also recommend you get in touch with the Illinois Association of the Deaf. Visit their website at http://www.iadeaf.org/ for more information. Also send a letter to their president at firstname.lastname@example.org and request more information and guidance. Email me back after you have checked into these things and let me know how it is going. Best wishes to you and Haze.
Cordially, Dr. Bill Vicars Lifeprint.com
In a message dated 10/18/2005 2:53:07 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, ____@.net writes:
Hi Dr. Vicars! I love your Pah newsletter and I do the fingerspell program [at http://asl.ms] everyday. By the way is the [speed selection at http://asl.ms labeled as] "deaf" really the speed deaf [people] normally use [while] fingerspelling? It looks slower [on the practice site] than [what] I see in public. Yet, I'm not ready to go faster yet either. But I'm curious to know if that is so. I jumped over to the newsletter part [of your website] just to see what's happening with you, and found Issue 27 [is] out. I never was sent mine this time. I don't want to be off your list. Please send it to me. I recopy all the Pah's and read them over many times for enjoyment and learning experience. Thanks for your hard work sharing your skills and presenting this program to us all as you do. It sure has been a joy to my life. Linda.Here was my reply:
Linda, Fear not true believer! The ASLpah newsletter has yet to be sent out for the month of October.
Clever creature that you are...you managed to serendipitously stumble upon the link to issue 27.
It is true that I normally email the newsletter first and post it second. This time I was experimenting with possibly getting the newsletter out BEFORE the last day of the month. Luckily I came to my senses and realized such an occurrence may result in untold disastrous results, heart attacks, and plunging of the stock market. So, it will go out to the masses sometime before all hallows eve but not too far in advance because that would truly be scary.
Now, on to your other question: Fingerspelling speed.
I reckon we Deaf spell between five and seven letters per second. In the real world we often, um...er...neglect to spell all the letters in a given word. Heh. Or we "slur the letters together." The first time a word is spelled in a conversation it tends to be much more "clear" than subsequent spellings. By the end of the conversation we are basically mumbling it. (Check out "lexicalization" in the Lifeprint Library.) Take care. Cordially, Dr. Bill
In a message dated 11/10/2005 7:22:11 AM Pacific Standard Time, jenspeech30@___.com writes:Hi, Dr. Bill; I enjoy your website so much! It is really a public service, thank you! I was wondering if you could help me, I've looked many places and can't find the signs for "papaya" and "spinach". I am a speech therapist teaching teen moms how to sign with their babies through Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. I would really appreciate your assistance. Thanks in advance Jennifer OteroJennifer,
Subject: Re: text books for ASL
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