TEACHASL: ASL Games

Key Words: Curriculum materials, Sign language, 7-12 & college

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Subj: ASL Games
Date: 97-03-18 09:31:50 EST
From: danr@INETW.NET (Alysse Rasmussen)
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I'd like to suggest that we compile a list of games (or other strategies & techniques) that we use to teach ASL.

If the list is comprehensive enough, we might be able to either
a) get it published (first choice) or
b) post it on the net (easy to do)

Please use the header "ASL Games" & any other "rider" to help me identify them. :-)

Please use the following format:
NAME OF GAME:
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR (& HOW TO CONTACT):
SUGGESTED LEVEL(S): RR, B, LI, HI, A, TC (se explanation below)
SKILLS TAUGHT/PRACTICED:
MATERIALS NEEDED:
DETAILED EXPLANATION OF GAME: Feel free to cut & paste the format :-)

One word of caution ... please make sure the games are yours ... I wouldn't want to get in trouble for plagerizing. (I know it's a tough call, so many of us play the same games ... but if it's one you've taken from BookX without any modification, it's BookX's game. If, on the other hand, it's one you saw in BookY, but you tried it and it didn't work, so you futzed with it until you got something much more effective, then it's yours :-)

Alysse .... who hopes everyone will play (if you do one a month ... we'll have a zillion before we know it!)

LEVELS: (modified from Ethnologue):

Level 0 ... Raw Recruit
Unable to function in language.
Production limited to occasional isolated words.
No communicative ability.

Level 1 ... Beginner
Able to satisfy minimum courtesy requirements.
Maintain very simple face-to-face conversation/familiar topics.

Level 2 ... Low Intermediate
Able to satisfy routine social demands.
Limited requirements in other domains.

Level 3 ... Advanced Intermediate
Sufficient structural accuracy & vocabulary to participate effectively
Most formal & informal conversations on practical, social, & occupational topics.

Level 4 ... Advanced
Able to use language fluently & accurately
Usage & ability to function are fully successful

Level 5 ... Terp Capable
Ability is equivalent to highly articulate, well-educated Deaf Reflects cultural standards

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Subj: ASL Games: Paired Scrabble
Date: 97-03-18 09:31:41 EST
From: danr@INETW.NET (Alysse Rasmussen)
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NAME OF GAME:
Paired Scrabble

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR (& HOW TO CONTACT):
Alysse Rasmussen ... danr@inetw.net
407 S 12th St, Leesburg, FL 34748-5747

SUGGESTED LEVEL(S): RR, B, LI, HI, A, TC (se explanation below)
RR or B

SKILLS TAUGHT/PRACTICED:
spatialization
fingerspelling ... possible, but not necessary

MATERIALS NEEDED:
Scrabble Board one board will serve 4 to 8 players

DETAILED EXPLANATION OF GAME:

Students are paired/partnered: A/B "A" places the tile holder in front of self ... facing "B" facing away from "A"

Partner A MAY touch the tiles ... BUT ... MAY NOT look at the tiles until they are placed.

Partner B MAY NOT touch the tiles ... BUT ... must direct Partner A to form words and place the letters/words on the scrabble board.

Partners may discuss (in ASL ... or by mime) any aspect of the game ... scoring, spelling, best placement for points, etc) ... but A may not move ANYTHING until directed to do so by B.

Students are encouraged to draw shapes (representative of the tile holder, tiles, board, etc), locate tiles within the respective shapes, indicate postioning of tiles on grid, etc.

If students talk, they loose a turn (and their score goes back to 0 -- bless their competitive little hearts! :-)

Uploaded by: BJ Lawrence/ Kent State University/ Deafed Major