Conversation Tools

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Vocabulary

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Pink, Brown, Gray, Tan

Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Niece, Nephew, Son, Daughter, Great-Grandma, Great-Grandpa, God Mother, God Father, Mother-in-law, Father-in-law, Daughter-in-law, Son-in-law, Sister-in-law, Brother-in-law

Talk about the different animals found in your house (pets), on a farm, at the zoo, in the forest, in the dessert, in the rainforest, in the ocean, in a lake or in a pond.

 

Dog, Cat, Fish, Bird, Hamster, Bunny, Squirrel, Horse, Donkey, Cow, Pig, Sheep, Rooster, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Goat, Lion, Tiger, Bear, Wolf, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Frog, Turtle, Skunk, Mouse, Rat, Deer, Fox, Snake

Hand shape, Hand Positioning, Alphabet, Receptive (understanding of finger spelling by Deaf ASL Ambassador) and Expressive (ASL Learner signing)

Hand shape, Hand Positioning, Counting, Height, Money, Phone Numbers, Zip Codes, Addresses, Math Problems, Time, Years, Sport Scores, Receptive (understanding of numbers by Deaf ASL Ambassador) and Expressive (ASL Learner signing) practice

Cities (fingerspelling and signs), States (fingerspelling and signs), Countries (old and new signs)

Basketball, Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Golf, Boxing, Skiing, Skating, Rollerblading, Roller Skating, Swimming, Bowling, Tennis, Running, Biking, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Soccer, Gymnastics, Diving

Class, Paper, Book, Page, Pen, Computer, Math, Science, History, English, Spanish, German, French, Major, Minor, College, University

Feel, Ashamed, Angry, Bad, Bored, Comfortable, Concerned, Crazy, Cry, Depressed, Disappoint, Embarrassed, Encourage, Enthusiastic, Excited, Frustrated, Funny, Hate, Humble, Hungry

Hi, My name is…, How are you?, What’s your name?, etc…

Fruit, Apple, Banana, Orange, Grapes, Vegetable, Carrot, Corn, Beans, Tomato, Salad, Meat, Ham, Chicken, Fish, Beef, Bread, Pasta, Rice, Cereal, Crackers, Dessert, Pie, Cake, Cookies, Candy, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room, Garage, Front Door, Windows, Backyard, Couch, TV, Table, Chair, Bed, Pillow, Blanket

Shirt, Pants, Jeans, T-shirt, Sweatshirt, Jacket, Hat, Scarf, Gloves, Mittens, Boots, Shoes, Socks, Sweater, Shorts, Dress, Skirt

Hour, Minute, Second, Day, Month, Year, About, From-now-on, Day, Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night, Before, After, Long Ago, Recently, Late, Early, Sometimes, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday, Week, Weekend, Calendar

Sun, Rain, Wind, Snow, Fog, Temperature

Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Buddhist, Muslim, Bible, Torah, Quran, Jesus, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Communion, Holy, Pray, Worship, Praise, Amen, Hallelujah

Republican, Democrat, Vote, Debate, President, Vice President, Government, Senate, House of Representatives, Congress, Local, State, Federal, Court

Train, Bus, Car, Boat, Airplane, Subway, Ship, Sailboat, Bike, Motorcycle

Arm, Leg, Head, Nose, Eyes, Ears, Brain, Hands, Feet, Heart, Mouth, Toes, Fingers, Shoulder, Knee, Elbow, Chest, Stomach, Teeth, Back

 

Facial Expressions

ASL Learners will begin using some facial expressions. Usually, ASL Learners are so focused on thinking of the right sign, they tend to forget their facial expressions.

ASL Learners continue to develop their facial expressions, while feeling more comfortable with their sign production.

ASL Learners’ faces are on fire! ASL Learners are able to express a great deal of emotion and meaning through their facial expressions. However, if you feel this is not happening with you, don’t worry, we are here to help you achieve this.

 

Classifiers

ASL Learners will begin to recognize various classifiers such as “car” and “person”.

ASL Learners will start to incorporate classifiers in their expressive conversations, and be able to recognize various classifiers receptively.

ASL Learners will start to expand their knowledge and use of classifiers in their everyday conversations.

 

Hand Shape

ASL Learners will recognize hand shapes using dominant and non-dominant hands.

ASL Learners will increase knowledge and awareness of hand shapes and recognize when a hand shape is incorrect.

ASL Learners will develop fluency with the correct hand shape and expand their knowledge.

 

Palm Orientation

ASL Learners will begin to notice the orientation of palms of the hands in conjunction with signs.

ASL Learners will recognize that palms can face upward, downward, inward, outward, etc. to change the meaning of the sign expressed.

ASL Learners will feel confident in their correct palm orientation while conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors.

 

Location

ASL Learners will start to understand the importance of location of signs relative to their body.

ASL Learners will be able to compare and contrast locations of signs and their meanings.

ASL Learners will be able to feel confident in their signing ability and the correct location of signs to convey the right meaning.

 

Movement

ASL Learners will begin to learn the various movements signs can have according to the desired meaning being expressed.

ASL Learners will be able to differentiate between tapping, shaking, back and forth, circular, left and right, and alternating circles of signs.

ASL Learners will be able to incorporate the variety of movements with their signs while conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors.

 

Non-Manual Markers

ASL Learners will start to incorporate some non-manual markers in their conversations with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors.

ASL Learners will increase their knowledge of non-manual markers and usage while conversing.

ASL Learners will feeling confident in their use of non-manual markers, including head nods, mouth morphemes, body shifting, etc.

 

Conversation

ASL Learners will learn how to start and end a conversation with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors. They will be able to introduce themselves and understand basic signs.

ASL Learners will be able to have an in-depth conversation on a variety of topics.

ASL Learners will feel confident conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors on an array of topics without hesitation.

 

Referencing

ASL Learners will begin to understand how to reference a person or place when not visible.

ASL Learners will increase their usage of referencing while conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors.

ASL Learners will be able to clearly reference a person or place in a conversation without hesitation while conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors.

 

Body Shifting

ASL Learners will begin to understand the importance of body shifting when referring to a person that is not visible in the room.

ASL Learners will expand their knowledge and usage of body shifting when conversing with our Deaf ASL Ambassadors. ASL Learners will be able to incorporate body shifting techniques in their practice.

ASL Learners will be able to clearly convey a complex idea or thought using body shifting strategies and techniques.