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Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills: Narratives for Practice, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Nanci A. Scheetz

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 16, 2008

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Written in a workbook fashion and designed as a teaching and learning vehicle, Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills is for students taking courses in American Sign Language (levels I, II or III), as well as students enrolled in interpreting programs.  The written English narratives are designed for translation, interpreting and transliterating with over 80 examples on the companion DVD signed by both native Deaf individuals and nationally certified interpreters.


The book is divided into four parts.

Part I:

The first part of the text consists of 24 chapters that provide readers with an overview of a variety of ASL grammatical features.  Each chapter includes an example glossed into ASL to provide students with a model for translation, each of which are signed on the accompanying DVD, followed by narratives for student practice that gradually increase in length and difficulty. 

Part II

The second part of the text consists of 20 chapters covering additional grammatical features.  The selections become increasingly longer in length.  Selections in the first several chapters of Part II are also signed by a Deaf individual on the companion DVD.  As the selections become longer, a nationally certified interpreter interprets selected narratives modeling the ASL principle described in the chapter. 

Part III:

The third part of the text is devoted to exercises that focus on building automaticity when confronting multiple meaning words, idioms, and college level vocabulary.  These selections are longer in length and are designed to provide interpreters with source material that covers a wide variety of topics.  

Part IV:

The fourth part of the text includes narratives, lectures, and passages from texts that might be read in a high school or college class. 

Table of Contents


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Part I:  Selections for Beginning ASL Students

Chapter One:  Pronouns, Locations, and Use of Sign Space

Chapter Two:  Directional Verbs
Chapter Three:  Descriptive Adjectives 
Chapter Four:  Noun/Verb Pairs 

Chapter Five:  Topic/Comment  

Chapter Six:  Negation, Negative Incorporation & Modals    

Chapter Seven:  Classifiers:  Describing Location and Movement  

Chapter Eight:  Establishing Tense in ASL   

Chapter Nine:  Age, Time and Counting Numbers   

Chapter Ten:  Additional Work with Classifiers   

Chapter Eleven:  Expressing Negatives using None    

Chapter Twelve:  Additional Work with Noun/Verb Pairs   

Chapter Thirteen:  Conditionals  

Chapter Fourteen:  Use of Finish as a Conjunction

Chapter Fifteen:  Additional work with Verb Pairs   

Chapter Sixteen:  Giving Directions in ASL 

Chapter Seventeen:  Working With Time 

Chapter Eighteen:  Quantifiers  
Chapter Nineteen:  Repeatedly, Continually & Reduplication
Chapter Twenty:  Changing Adjectives to Indicate Repetition
Chapter Twenty-one:  Rhetorical Questions 
Chapter Twenty-two:  Additional Ways to Form Negatives 

Chapter Twenty-three: Additional Work Signing Topics 

Chapter Twenty-four:  Classifiers that Show Movement and Distance  


Part II:  Selections for Intermediate ASL Students


Chapter One:  Additional Work with Topic/Comment  
Chapter Two:  Using Reference Points to Mark Locations

Chapter Three:  Using Semantic Classifiers to Mark Location & Movement 

Chapter Four:  Time 

Chapter Five:  Listing, Grouping, Prioritizing   

Chapter Six:  Role Shifting    

Chapter Seven:  Contrasting and Comparing   

Chapter Eight:  Instrument Classifiers  

Chapter Nine:  Characterization    

Chapter Ten:  More Work with Conjunctions   

Chapter Eleven:  Active/Passive Voice

Chapter Twelve:  Sequencing  

Chapter Thirteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Fourteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Fifteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Sixteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Seventeen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Eighteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Nineteen:  Supplemental Selections 

Chapter Twenty:  Supplemental Selections


  Part III:  Multiple Meaning Words, Idioms, and Vocabulary Building


Chapter 1:  Run, Down, Call, Make, Look 

Chapter 2:  Place, Up, Break, Fix, By

Chapter 3:  Charge, Advance, Around, Back, Right

Chapter 4:  See, Take, Time, About, Raise 

Chapter 5:  Short, Bank, Fall, Get Out, Line

Chapter 6:  Put, Pass, Shake, Pick, On

Chapter 7:  After, Bare, Cool, Draw, Meet

Chapter Eight:  Box, Blow, Eat, Ring, Jump 

Chapter Nine:  Out, Use, Over, Kick, Mind 

Chapter Ten:  Bone, Miss, Low, Cut, Point 

Chapter Eleven:  Idioms 

Chapter Twelve:  Additional Work with Idioms 

Chapter Thirteen:  Additional Work with Idioms 

Chapter Fourteen:  Additional Work with Idioms

Chapter Fifteen:  Working with Idioms 

Chapter Sixteen:  Vocabulary Building Exercises

Chapter Seventeen:  Additional Vocabulary Building Activities

Chapter Eighteen:  Additional Vocabulary Building Activities

Chapter Nineteen:  Additional Vocabulary Building Activities

Chapter Twenty:  Additional Vocabulary Building Activities


Part IV:  Selections for  Interpreting and Transliterating


Chapter 1

Selection 1.1:  Reading Recovery

Selection 1.2:  The Wedding

Selection 1.3:  Baking Bread

Selection 1.4:  Applying for a Job

Selection 1.5:  Traveling to Europe


Chapter 2

Selection 2.1:  Award Winners

Selection 2.2:  Getting Stuck in the Mud

Selection 2.3:  Drive through Flu Shots

Selection 2.4:  Displays at the Grocery Store

Selection 2.5:  Dog Shows


Chapter Three

Selection 3.1:  Going Hunting in the Deer Stand

Selection 3.2:  Ice Skaters at the World Games

Selection 3.3:  Homes of the Rich and Famous

Selection 3.4:  Waiting Tables can be Hard Work

Selection 3.5:  Children’s Games


Chapter Four

Selection 4.1:  Slalom on the Ski Slopes

Selection 4.2:  The Food Pyramid

Selection 4.3:  Graduating From Gallaudet

Selection 4.4:  Daisies, Brownies, and Girl Scouts

Selection 4.5:  Tim’s Trip to the Kennel


Chapter Five

Selection 5.1:  Writing a Research Paper

Selection 5.2:  Using Examples and Illustrations

Selection 5.3:  Working with Students who Need Speech Therapy

Selection 5.4:  Comparing and Contrasting

Selection 5.5:  My First Grade Santa


Chapter Six

Selection 6.1:  Down Home Days

Selection 6.2:  Spinal Injury

Selection 6.3:  Using All My Smarts

Selection 6.4:  Main Processes of the Memory System

Selection 6.5:  My Dog


Chapter Seven

Selection 7.1: The Airport

Selection 7.2:  The Circle

Selection 7.3:  Classrooms Yesterday and Today

Selection 7.4:  First Immigration Wave:  Mid-1800s to Early 1900s

Selection 7.5:  The Smooth


Chapter Eight

Selection 8.1:  Terrain and Temperature

Selection 8.2:  Music:  Originals and Remakes

Selection 8.3:  Team Sports

Selection 8.4:  Bailey, Hudson and Taz

Selection 8.5:  Car Colors


Chapter Nine

Selection 9.1:  Coffee Pots versus Single-serving Coffee Containers

Selection 9.2:  The Traffic Ticket

Selection 9.3:  Video conferencing Technology

Selection 9.4:  Candidates for Governor Spout Platforms

Selection 9.5:  The Soup Bowls


Chapter Ten

Selection 10.1:  Banking Services

Selection 10.2:  The Bridal Show

Selection 10.3:  Interpreting Math Problems

Selection 10.4:  What is expected of the Educational Interpreter in the Elementary Setting?

Selection 10.5:  Literacy and the English Language Learner


Chapter Eleven

Selection 11.1:  Earl Warren

Selection 11.2:  The Solar System

Selection 11.3:  Time Zones

Selection 11.4:  Flying Kites

Selection 11.5:  Rescue from the Third Floor


Chapter Twelve

Selection 12.1:  Live versus Automated Phone Customer Service

Selection 12.2:  Teaching Deaf Studies in Included Classrooms

Selection 12.3:  Cruise Lines Keep Adding New Attractions

Selection 12.4:  Teaching Tolerance to Young Children

Selection 12.5:  Deaf, Deaf World


Chapter Thirteen

Selection 13.1:  The Blizzard

Selection 13.2:  Trying out for the Dance Line

Selection 13.3:  Bike Across America

Selection 13.4:  Cat Lovers

Selection 13.5:  The Hundredth Day of School


Chapter Fourteen

Selection 14.1:  A Walk in the Woods

Selection 14.2:  Barbara the Pig

Selection 14.3:  Violet’s Tanning Experience

Selection 14.4:  The Pizza Party

Selection 14.5:  The U Turn


Chapter Fifteen

Selection 15.1:  TTY’s

Selection 15.2:  Working as a Parking Lot Attendant at Disney World

Selection 15.3:  Getting Stuck in the Dressing Room

Selection 15.4:  The Money Pit

Selection 15.5:  Immersion Weekends for Interpreters


Chapter Sixteen

Selection 16.1:  Driving on the Ice

Selection 16.2:  Instructors

Selection 16.3:  The Cruise

Selection 16.4:  Adult Day Care

Selection 16.5:  Living with Deaf People


Chapter Seventeen

Selection 17.1:  Car Shows on MTV

Selection 17.2:  Levels of Cognitive Functioning

Selection 17.3:  Seasons of the Year

Selection 17.4:  How to be a Good Manager

Selection 17.5:  Local Fast Food Chain Pushes its New Image


Chapter Eighteen

Selection 18.1:  Travels by Renee

Selection 18.2:  My Tropical Fish Hobby

Selection 18.3:  Jimmy Carter

Selection 18.4:  Sky Warn for Deaf

Selection 18.5:  Jamaica


Chapter Nineteen

Selection 19.1:  Police Chaplain

Selection 19.2:  Ham Radio

Selection 19.3:  Conduct of Police Officers

Selection 19.4:  Death Notification

Selection 19.5:  A Story about My Dad


Chapter Twenty

Selection 20.1:  Let’s Talk about Wales

Selection 20.2:  A Lecture regarding Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness

Selection 20.3:  Feeding the Hungry across America

Selection 20.4:  My Best Friend Emily

Selection 20.5:  The Girls 

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