Nonmanual Signals for the ASL Student

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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16 pages
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This mini-lesson is about nonmanual signals – nonmanual signals consist of various facial expressions, shoulder raising, head movements, eye gazes, and similar signals that signers add to their hands to create meaning.

Speakers of English tend to inflect their voices to indicate they are asking a question. ASL signers also inflect their questions, but instead of using voice inflection, they use facial expressions (known as nonmanual signals, nonmanual markers or facial grammar).

This lesson includes opportunities for your ASL student to practice common question expressions and mood inflections.

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This is a great resource for your ASL classroom that can be used for all levels of Deaf culture learning and is online learning friendly.


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16 pages
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Lifelong tool
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