Posts Tagged ‘Sign Language’

American Sign Language Video Dictionary!

May 4th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 3, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Signing Savvy

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving  American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter.  Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a  written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up:

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign.

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees. 

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language — and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

Free Native American Audio Stories & More

November 7th, 2012

Hi! It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some language arts activities inspired by the same:

Free Audio: American Indian Fairy Tales

Listen to “American Indian Fairy Tales” for free courtesy of LibriVox. As explained at the website, “Native Americans living in the Lake Superior region passed their cultural identity down through the generations by way of stories. Far more than mere tales to amuse children, they passed along the collective wisdom of the tribes. In the 1830s, government Indian Agent and ethnologist Henry R. Schoolcraft learned the language of these people and went out to collect and preserve their stories before the tribes disappeared under the westward rush of American civilization. Though these stories were recast as children’s fairy tales in the 1920s, they contain much of the old wisdom of a culture which has largely disappeared.” You can listen online or download mp3 files and listen offline or on the go!

Printable Native American Stories

Enjoy printing and reading legends told by tribal storytellers that explain nature and life.

Native American Tribes Wordsearch

Here’s a fun language arts activity to reinforce your knowledge of various Native American tribes.

Write a Rebus Story with Sign Language

Use this free printable to discover the meaning of some Native American symbols, and write a rebus story.

Free Sign Language Lessons, Workbooks, & Quizzes!

April 28th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 28, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ASL University

The ASL University website offers FREE, online, self-study lessons and resources for students who want to learn American Sign Language!

ASL University started as an online American Sign Language class taught by Dr. Bill Vicars, an Assistant Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at California State University in Sacramento. He has taken his passion for this topic and transferred it all to this continuously updated website.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes links to:

? First 100 Signs
? Free Lessons
? Dictionary
? Numbers
? Fingerspelling
? Workbook (Practice Sentences)
? Self-Study Schedule 

You’ll even find Jokes, Fingerspelling Art, Advice, and much more.


Say “Hello” in Every Lanaguage & More!

April 30th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 30, 2011 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Say Hello

Age Range
:  All (with parental guidance)

This website, sponsored by the Internet Public Library, cleverly offers the visitor an opportunity tolearn how to say “Hello” in many of the 2,796 languages of the world – everything from Aleut to Zulu.

This is a great place for foreign language beginners to sample various languages to determine which ones they might like to learn how to speak. The format is simple. You click on the language you want to try and a new page opens where you’ll see:

  • The word “Hello” in that language
  • A pronunciation key
  •  Words in English from that language
  • The alphabet of the language
  • Links to free lessons on learning the language – including audio and video files
  • Information about the culture

In addition to the wonderful language resources, you are just a mouse-click away from a virtual field trip to the country where the language you selected is spoken. You’ll see photos, videos, and get encyclopedic information about every aspect of the country – including its history, economy, and tourist attractions.

Some of the languages include:

  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Finnish 
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mayan
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Zapotec
  • Non-verbal Languages include Braille and Sign Language

Bookmark this site now to return often!

Free Sign Language Lessons

September 18th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 18, 2010 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: ASLU

Age Range: All (This is an ad-supported site, so parental supervision is required. Non-readers will need assistance.)

ClickScholar Cie recommended this website that offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations. Cie wrote, “I am told it can have you ‘speaking’ sign language by the end of 30 lessons.”

The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.

When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up.  :)

You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30.  Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.

You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes:

  • Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
  • FAQs
  • First 100 Signs
  • Fingerspelling Explanation
  • Fingerspelling Quizzes
  • ~ and much more!

You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site:

“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”

Fun Foreign Language Activities

July 10th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, July 10, 2010 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages is a massive ad-supported and subscription website with all kinds of learning resources and tools for teachers and kids. They offer free resources as well.

In fact, I found a selection of free, interactive foreign language games that help kids practice learning American Sign Language, Spanish, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu at the top of the screen that includes the following selection:

*American Sign Language – Type in letters of the alphabet and the hand signs for each letter will appear. Print out sign language flash cards.

*Gaelic (Ireland) Games – The activity here won’t help you learn Gaelic – but it will help you learn about Ireland! You can listen and read along with an ebook about Ireland presented by Irish children. You will hear a sample of a child reading Gaelic too.

*Polish Games – Count backwards from 20 in Polish to reveal a dot-to-dot picture.

*Spanish ESL Games – Designed for Spanish speakers who are learning English words and phrases, this extensive archive of games will work in reverse as well. The more you play, the more you’ll learn! It includes games that teach vocabulary and phrases for:

  • Parts of the Body
  • Clothes
  • Drinks
  • Family
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Routines
  • In the Shops
  • Sports and Pastimes
  • Travel
  • Weather
  • ~ and Many More!

*Spanish Games – Learn the Spanish alphabet, do a dot-to-dot puzzle to practice counting in Spanish, learn the parts of the face, and count backwards in Spanish.

Some of the games allow you to select the difficulty and speed level to customize them for your use.