American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle

American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse bundle by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$425.00
Item Number:
1541-9457
Dates: 
From:  January 13, 2020
To:  April 12, 2020
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
Two 6-week eCourses, 12 weeks total
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
66 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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American Sign Language is an invaluable skill for library professionals.  A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve patrons and opens up a new world of possibilities for children’s programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs in the library world and beyond.

In this two-course bundle, librarian and American Sign Language interpreter Kathy MacMillan will give you the skills you need, not only to use basic American Sign Language but to understand the fundamental principles of working with the Deaf community.

Courses included in this bundle are:

  1. Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff—6-week eCourse; begins Monday, January 13, 2020

In this 6-week asynchronous course, Kathy will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting and place that information within a linguistic and cultural context to aid participants in improving library services.

  1. Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide—6-week eCourse; begins Monday, March 2, 2020

Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children.  In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL.

By participating in this group of three courses, you’ll earn a Certificate of Professional Development.

You can purchase registration for these eCourses individually or as a bundle.

By completing this eCourse bundle, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn over 180 signs and have a grasp on how to use these signs in library settings
  • Have a basic understanding of Deaf culture and how to interact effectively with deaf patrons
  • Understand multiple applications of ASL in different library contexts
  • Understand how the library can use ASL as a service that ties into the broader community
  • Create two storytime/classroom activities using the featured vocabulary that you can implement in your storytimes
  • Understand relevant aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Understand signing in a linguistic and cultural context

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The first eCourse in this bundle begins on January 13, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Kathy MacMillan will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Week 1: Getting Started with ASL

  • Introduction: Overview of Course, “The 5 Parts of a Sign”
  • Vocabulary  (Introducing Yourself): MY, YOUR, ME, YOU, NAME, WHAT, NICE, MEET,  PLEASE, THANK YOU, EXCUSE ME, SORRY, DEAF, HEARING, YES, NO, the manual alphabet and its purpose
  • ASL Grammar: Information-seeking Questions
  • Sentence Activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Terminology and Battling Audism
  • Library Services: How to Communicate with Deaf People
  • Quiz

Week 2: Around the Library

  • Review activity
  • Vocabulary: LIBRARY, DESK, INFORMATION, LIBRARIAN, MAN, WOMAN, BATHROOM, WATER, FOUNTAIN, DOOR, CHILDREN, COMPUTER, CLOCK, SODA, COFFEE, EAT/FOOD, DRINK, MACHINE, BOOK, SALE, OPEN, CLOSE, MAGAZINE, BULLETIN BOARD, DVD, CD, AUDIOBOOK, the numbers 0 through 10
  • ASL Grammar: Yes/no questions
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Earth vs. Eyeth 
  • Library Services: Collection Development of Sign Language Materials
  • Quiz

Week 3: At the Circulation Desk

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: CHECKOUT DESK, PAY, FINE, LIBRARY CARD, OVERDUE, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, RETURN-BOOK, CHECKOUT BOOK, DOLLAR, CENTS, FIRST, LAST, CHANGE, LINEUP, RESERVES, SHELF, MEETING ROOM, CALENDAR, DUE, FREE, money signs,  the numbers 11 through 19
  • ASL Grammar: Topic-Comment structure
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Early History of ASL
  • Library Services: Services Typically Used by Deaf Patrons
  • Quiz

Week 4:  At the Information Desk

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: Library will close in 5/10/15 minutes, PRINT, COST, sentences, first 5 pages free, FINISH, HELP, GIVE, TIME, FAX, DON’T KNOW, HAVE, WHERE, REQUEST, FORBIDDEN, FICTION, NONFICTION, LAB, WANT, time signs, numbers 20-29
  • ASL Grammar: Directional verbs
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: ASL in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Library Services: Technologies for Accessibility
  • Quiz

 

Week 5: Programming

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: PROGRAM, INTERPRETER, REQUEST, REGISTER, CALENDAR, BROCHURE, NAMETAG, TEACH, STORY, MUSIC, CRAFT, COOK, BOOK DISCUSSION, MOM, DAD, SISTER, BROTHER, BABY, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, days of the week, months, numbers 30-66 with doubles
  • ASL Grammar: Numerical incorporation and use of space
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Signing Etiquette
  • Library Services: Providing Interpreters
  • Quiz

Week 6: In the Community

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary: STORE, BANK, POLICE, FIREFIGHTER, SCHOOL, RESTAURANT, GO-TO, PLAYGROUND, OFFICE, WORK, SPORTS, COLLEGE, GAS STATION, DOCTOR, HOSPITAL, numbers 67-100
  • ASL Grammar: Pronouns and space
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Deaf Gain and the Library as a Source of Empowerment
  • Library Services: Working with Interpreters
  • Quiz

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide

Week 1: Getting Started

1) Terminology: American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

2) Tips for new signers

  • The 5 parts of a sign
  • Dominant and non-dominant hands

3) Storytime/classroom vocabulary: HELLO, GOODBYE, SIGN, FRIEND, LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN, SCHOOL, TEACHER, CLASS, STORY, TIME, BOOK, SONG/MUSIC, DANCE

4) Signing with children with special needs

5) Activity Video #1: Numbers 1-10, My Bouncing Buckaroo Rhyme

6) Selecting storytime materials to sign with

7) Activity Video #2: The ABC Song featuring the manual alphabet

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

9) Vocabulary Practice Activity

10) Resources and Printable Handouts

11) Quiz

Assignment: Using the criteria in this week’s lesson, select 2-3 songs, rhymes, or games you might use in your storytime or classroom and discuss how you could add signs to them. 

Forum: Week 1 Questions and Comments 

Week 2: Signing with Babies

1) Review activity

2) Baby Vocabulary: MORE, EAT, ALL-DONE, DIAPER, PLAY, BATH, SLEEP, WAKE-UP, PLEASE, THANK-YOU, YES, NO, TAKE-TURNS, SHARE, WAIT, PATIENT

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Color Signs

5) ASL versus baby signs

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) Child Directed Speech in spoken and sign languages

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

Assignment: Select one of the storytime activities you wrote about in last week’s assignment.  Practice it as you would present it in storytime and record a video of yourself presenting it and demonstrating the signs.  Send it to your instructor for feedback.

Forum: Week 2 Questions and Comments 

Week 3: Signing with Toddlers

1) Review activity

2) Family Vocabulary: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER, AUNT, UNCLE, FEMALE COUSIN, MALE COUSIN, COUSINS, FAMILY, LOVE, I-LOVE-YOU

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: I Like to Eat Song (Food Signs)

5) Signing and Early Literacy

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) ASL versus familiar fingerplay gestures

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

Assignment: Practice your storytime activity using the feedback from the instructor on your video.  Post your activity in the assignment forum with this week. If you feel comfortable sharing your video with your classmates, you can post it.  If you do not wish to share your video, post a description of the storytime activity, along with links to any vocabulary not already covered in the course from signingsavvy.com, aslpro.com, or handtalk.com.  Browse your classmates’ posts to add to your storytime toolbox!

Forum: Week 3 Questions and Comments 

Week 4: Signing with Preschoolers

1) Review activity

2) Seasonal vocabulary: WINTER/COLD, SNOW, SNOWMAN, HAT, COAT, SPRING/GROW, TREE, CATERPILLAR, BUTTERLY, FLOWER, SUMMER, SUN, SWIM, VACATION, CAMP, AUTUMN, LEAF, PUMPKIN, APPLE, SQUIRREL 

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Animal Signs Song

5) Name signs

6) Activity Video #2: The Mouse Story (Weather Signs)

7) Integrating ASL into creative dramatics

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

Assignment: Using the criteria in this week’s lesson, select 2-3 books or stories you might use in your storytime or classroom and discuss how you could add signs to them. 

Forum: Week 4 Questions and Comments   

Week 5: Signing with Older Children and Teens

1) Review activity

2) Group Management Signs: LINE-UP, WANT, DON’T-WANT, LIKE, DON’T-LIKE, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, SORRY, EXCUSE-ME, SIT, STAND, RESPECT, PAY-ATTENTION, CAREFUL

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Celebration Signs

5) Teaching about ASL and Deaf Culture

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) When the kids learn faster than you do

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

Assignment: Select one of the books or stories you wrote about in last week’s assignment.  Practice it as you would present it in storytime and record a video of yourself presenting it and demonstrating the signs.  Send it to your instructor for feedback.

Forum: Week 5 Questions and Comments 

Week 6: Connecting with the Deaf Community

1) Review activity

2) Deaf Community Signs: DEAF, HEARING, HARD-OF-HEARING, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, ASL, CULTURE, COMMUNITY, COMMUNICATE, CONNECT, INTERPRETER, REQUEST

3) How to Communicate with Someone Who is Deaf

4) Activity Video #1: Transportation Song

5) Working with ASL Interpreters

6) Activity Video #2: Story (Community Signs)

7) Working with Deaf children in your storytime or classroom

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

Assignment: Practice your book or story using the feedback from the instructor on your video.  Post your activity in the assignment forum with this week. If you feel comfortable sharing your video with your classmates, you can post it.  If you do not wish to share your video, post a description of the book or story and how you used signs with it, along with links to any vocabulary not already covered in the course from signingsavvy.com, aslpro.com, or handtalk.com.  Browse your classmates’ posts to add to your storytime toolbox!

Forum: Week 6 Questions and Comments 

Conclusion video

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996.  She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

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