American Sign Language Level II

  • WELCOME STUDENTS AND PARENTS! If you are an ASL level 2 student or parent, you've come to the right place! This site is always a work in progress so stay tuned as it continues to morph throughout the year. 

    TO STUDENTS:
    Videos are being added for your DAILY practice! Yes, 15-20 minutes a day will go a long way in helping you feel confident using the vocab when dialoguing, signing in group discussions, and storytelling. =) Click on your grade level "Pratice Vocab Videos & Class Materials" section to find.  
    A recommended growth process for growth is suggested below.  

    TO PARENT "TEAMMATES":
    It is my strong belief that success in the foreign language classroom, be it ASL, Spanish, German, or French, is directly correlated with your child's use and repetition of the language both in and outside the classroom. You can be confident that I will create a "No Voice" classroom that will challenge and motivate students to take risk and explore the skills they have yet to discover, and have fun while doing it. What I will not be able to do is to create that same environment while they are at home. That's where you come in.

    Most of you do not use sign at home, nor have basic knowledge of signs for that matter. Thankfully, you can still be a part of your child's success. You can encourage them to watch the practice vocabulary and conversational videos available on this website daily. All the videos are voice interpreted in some way so that "the student" can turn the screen away toward you - they then can hear the concept and sign it to you while you watch the screen to check that it matches. My recommended growth process would look something like this: 

            1. Student practices on their own watching AND SIGNING with the vocab video(s) daily.  When feeling confident...
            2. Student sits across from you, with their CHROMEBOOK TURNED TOWARD YOU. As the video(s) plays, student signs what they think the sign is for the concept they are hearing while you look at the screen to make sure what is being signed matches. If it  matches, thumbs up. If it does NOT match, pause video and allow student to rewatch that particular sign and sign it correctly. Continue. When student is getting 100%...
            3. Student practices on their own watching the vocab video(s) WITH SOUND MUTED, voice interpreting for each sign they see.  Student makes note of signs that don't come to mind immediately and are not voiced quickly/spontaneously. The student has now identified those signs that need just a little bit more practice, but they are almost there! 

    The above process is an organic one where students will move at different speeds, and may even need to jump "back" a step beceause they realized they may have jumped ahead too quickly. This is totally normal and a part of the learning process. Finding those mistakes and hang-ups are actaully a very good thing!  

    Other ways you could support their ASL skills could include:

    • Take them to a signed performance at NTID/RIT's Panara Theatre! 
    • Have them sign to you about their day at the dinner table and then share it with you in English.
    • Ask them to teach you 5 (or more) signs they are learning and using in class. 
    • You know their interests the best and what they are passionate about. Challenge them to explore as many signs as possible related to that interest and then share them with you.  

    Please use the SchoolTool link below to access your child's grades. Be aware of the date attached to assessments. Throughout the year, I will try to post upcoming assessments before they are actually given as a way to communicate with you about the extra preparation your child may need to do at a particular time to be successful. Don't be shocked if you see such an assessment grade marked as empty. Also, allow time before grades to be entered once assessments are given. Video assessments in particular will have a longer turnaround time. 

    I look forward to our partnership in empowering your children to take even more ownership of their learning, taking PRIDE in achieving success beyond what they thought was possible!   

    Regards,

    Mr. Tom Ohl
    American Sign Language Teacher - Level 2 
    Roth/Burger Jr. Highs 
    tohl@rhnet.org