Item description for Communicating in Sign: Creative Ways to Learn American Sign Language (ASL) (A Flying Hands Book) by Diane P. Chambers...
Overview Places ASL within the context of Deaf culture
Publishers Description American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary means of communication among the 22 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in this country -- and those who live and work with them. "Communicating in Sign" revolutionizes the way ASL is taught by offering a beginning vocabulary based on the grammar and syntax of native signers and illustrating the eye contact, facial expressions, and body language that accompany hand and mouth movements. This breakthrough approach to mastering ASL, written for a general audience, is an invaluable resource for anyone eager to learn a language that is rapidly becoming part of our mainstream culture and also for educators, businesses, and organizations working to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Communicating in Sign" places ASL within the context of Deaf culture and etiquette, delineating the components that contribute to its depth and richness.
Citations And Professional Reviews Communicating in Sign: Creative Ways to Learn American Sign Language (ASL) (A Flying Hands Book) by Diane P. Chambers has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 330
Library Journal - 07/01/1998 page 104
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1999 page 55
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 232
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.19" Width: 7.43" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 8, 1998
ISBN 0684835207 ISBN13 9780684835204 UPC 076714012004
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More About Diane P. Chambers
Diane P. Chambers is a nationally certified ASL interpreter and college-level instructor, and is president of Flying Hands, a firm dedicated to linking the hearing and Deaf communities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Diane P. Chambers was born in 1959.
Diane P. Chambers has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Communicating in Sign: Creative Ways to Learn American Sign Language (ASL) (A Flying Hands Book)?
Happy to Get it. Mar 3, 2006
My family is happy to get the book, although we want to use the sign language books for other who are less privelage in tghe society. This ha sbeen of help to us.
Very few pictures! Oct 20, 2005
I bought this book because of the high reviews it got, but it has few pictures. When it comes to Sign Language, I am definitely a pictures person! It is hard for me to read the description of the sign and accurately execute it. They had a couple pictures with the basics, but, for the most part, it was all written and described! I am not even tempted to pick the book up again and wade through it trying to figure out if I am doing the signs right or not. I would definitely recommend something more comprehensive with pictures!
Communicating in Sign: A Great Teaching Tool! Mar 7, 2003
Having been involved in the Deaf community and Deaf education for 23 years, I found Diane Chambers' book to be a great alternative to the myriad of "Sign Language" books available. I use this book to teach beginning ASL and Deaf Culture. The information is presented in logical sequence. First-time students have commented that even without lots of pictures, the great descriptions make it easy to learn the Signs. Incorporating Deaf culture in the book was sheer genius since without background knowledge of Deaf community and culture you might as well sit on your hands. Add this book to your collection!
A primer on Deaf culture and language May 28, 2002
Although I have only been trying to learn sign language for a few months, I was very relieved to find this book. I have learned a few other languages and have never seen the willingness to take short cuts that I've seen in so many sign language books. A German text would never assume that learning vocabulary but using English sentence structure is good enough, however, that is what most supposed "ASL" books do.
This book is refreshing in that it explains that American Sign Language does NOT equal American English in form. Chambers even goes further in explaining the etiquette of certain social situations... that there are necessary cultural differences between Deaf and Hearing worlds and also gives suggestions on how to become less of a "tourist" in the Deaf community.
Many of the exercises require a partner or group, but if you are learning alone, this in no way devalues the information here. You won't find what you are looking for here if you are only looking for a lexicon, but it is a valuable addition to a beginner's American Sign Language library. I feel much more comfortable in communicating after reading this book.
My one disappointment was that the promised "further reading and resources" section at the end was not as comprehensive as I was expecting. I was hoping for more resources for beginners, including videos.
I Judge This Book By Its Results Jan 15, 2001
How-to books on ASL, like any other how-to book, must ultimately be judged on their practical results. Using that standard, Diane Chambers and her amazing book must receive the highest accolades.
Our company recently decided to teach ASL to all employees because almost five percent of our workforce was deaf, and there was a noticeable communication gap between us. In a company of 200 employees we had only two who were fluent in ASL. Without them to translate and act as a buffer, the uneasiness we already felt through our communication gap changed into outright panic as we became reduced to passing written notes back and forth. Our deaf employees never took part in any company activies, perfering to associate with themselves. Our personnel director asked if anyone would be interested in learning ASL and practically the entire company expressed such an interest.
As one of our ASL signers had ASL teaching experience, he volunteered to give the course. I suggested Diane Chambers' book and he used it as the text. Using one of our deaf employees to practice on, the class was held on company time for an hour a day. The chapters on ASL helped us to "speak" to them, and the chapter of deaf culture helped us to understand them. The quickest among us learned in a little over a week, the slower among us took three weeks. But all can, and do, make use of the ASL they learned and we have a much more happy, and more productive, office as a result.
Many other books of ASL have nicer covers and nicer illustrations. This one has nicer results.