To continue to learn sign language, you need to evaluate where you are. Take the test, & get the free download to tailor make a learning plan for you.
I’ve been thinking...
Dangerous, I know.
I've been thinking about my 6 kids and what I want for them. In the hyper-cricital way we parents excel at.
It's more of a pity-party, mega-drama-queen-slasher type of evaluation of me as a mother.
I fail miserably every time. I think only serial killers score lower.
Whew. I'm a bit better than a serial killer. Goals reached!
In an attempt to shake myself out of this downward spiral of misery and woe, I decided it was time to knock it off and be real.
I looked at where I was now with each of my children. What had they learned? What progress was being made and in which areas?
Instead of berating myself for that one time that I was so done with the day that I didn't give my undivided attention to the 15th "MOM!" in a row by my one kid with the screechy burbling voice... whining that brother didn't let her play with her bunny (stuffed)-- I decided to not.
Look at the things I accomplished before I decide what needs to be done, because everything isn't a realistic goal.
Evaluating for you
I’ve been thinking that while it’s super important to have goals to learn sign language, it’s important to know where you’re at in your progress first.
For instance, you have a goal of being conversational. Well, are you conversational already, but don’t realize it? Or are you still at the beginning stages?
You could be spinning your wheels otherwise.
In order to best assist you in this I’ve created a mutli-dimensional way to test yourself and evaluate your skills. I’d love for you to share your results with me in the comments below.
Here's a printable answer sheet to make it even easier:
I’ve broken this self-assessment into 3 parts.
Let's get to it!
PART 1: MEASURE
Sign Language is unique in that it’s not spoken nor is it written.
Well, we do use glossing, so in a way it is written, but not in a way that you’ll know-the-“pronunciation”-of-a-sign-by-reading-it way.
The 5 Domains
Language is broken down into 5 learning domains.
- Spoken Interaction
- Spoken Production
For ASL, we've changed those domain titles a bit.
Directions: Answer the questions below each domain using the scale of 1 to 10.
1= not possible at all. 10 = mastered.
Don’t be overly critical and don’t berate yourself ::ahem:: if you find that you’re not where you want to be.
1) I can understand the main points of clear,standard signing on familiar matters.
2) I can understand the main point of many American Sign Language videos and ASL news broadcasts with topics of personal or professional interest.
Related: The Daily Moth: an ASL broadcaster delivers the news, Deaf news, & humor.
3) I can understand extended signing & lectures & follow complex lines of conversations.
4) I can understand most signed videos.
1) I can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion & have a good familiarity with ASL idioms.
2) I can express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.
1) I can present clear & smoothly-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context with an effective logical structure that helps the recipient to notice & remember significant points.
1) I can translate English thoughts, stories, and documents into sign language using the proper structure, format, and identifiers.
1) I can read gloss and produce the signs and identifiers appropriately.
Add up all your numbers. This will be easier if you downloaded the answer sheet. :)
Part 2: Grammar
This part of the self-assessment is going to see where you’re at grammar-wise.
ASL grammar/syntax is not easy. It’s quite the struggle to let go of the years and years of schooling on English grammar and the structure that’s been burned into your brain.
Directions: Look at the following sentences and pick the correct sign (written in gloss) for the sentence. It’s okay if you don’t know how to sign something during this section.
1 point for every correct answer.
1) JUAN HE LIBRARY _____
- (A) NOW MORNING
- (B) GO
- (C) WILL
2) ______ ALICIA SCHOOL GO
- (A) LIKE
- (B) WHY
- (C) YESTERDAY
3) 15 MINUTE MOVIE _____ WILL
- (A) START
- (B) GO
- (C) FUNNY
4) MOVIE, BOOK _____ GOOD
- (A) BAD
- (B) EQUAL
- (C) NOT
Directions: Now, pick the incorrect sign (glossed) out of the sentence or correct the order. Worth 1 point each.
1) SWIM TODD YESTERDAY 100 LAPS WOW!
2) MY VACATION 3-DAY WILL ENJOY
3) OLYMPIC ATHLETE EACH++ TRAIN MANY YEAR++
4) NOW EMAIL I FINISH SEND I
Directions: Translate into ASL. 1 point each for each correct answer.
1) Do you know where the nearest grocery store is?
2) The bus always arrives late.
3) Cheryl likes apples, but does not like oranges.
Answers to Grammar (DON'T CHEAT!)
Check the answers AFTER you have answered them.
1) B, 2) C, 3) A, 4) B
1) YESTERDAY-- put it an front of sentence
2) 3-DAY-- put it at front of sentence. OR ENJOY-- and exchange for a verb. 3) YEAR++-- drop the ++'s keep the YEAR: the sign MANY takes place for the ++'s.
4) FINISH-- the NOW indicates that the sentence is present tense. FINISH makes it past tense. Keep one tense in the sentence, so drop the FINISH. If want it past tense, change NOW to a past tense sign.
These answers do not have to be exact. There are a few ways to translate each sentence properly. Make sure the general layout (time+ topic + comment) is used.
1) FOOD STORE CLOSE-THERE YOU KNOW?
2) BUS IT LATE ALWAYS IT
3) CHERYL SHE- APPLE LIKE, ORANGE NOT LIKE. (comma indicates body shift).
Add up all your points for all 3 sections.
Part 3: SIGN
There will be a few sections in this video as well. Because, who wants to make it easy for you? Not me!
Bwahahahaha! I’m evil.
The first section is vocabulary words. Pick the correct word based on the picture/word.
The second section, pick the correct picture for the sentence signed.
In the third section pause the video after each image, and only using classifiers, describe the image. YOU are signing in this section, but you're using classifiers to show the picture. You'll have to do your best to decide how well you did, since I'm not stalking you big-brother style.
If you really want extra feedback, make a video and post it in the practice group.
For each section a correct answer is worth 1 point. Incorrect is worth zero points.
Answers for Signs
Check the answers only AFTER you've watched and answered each question.
1) BOOK 2) TIGER 3) SOCK 4) BLOOD 5) WISH 6) STOP 7) #NG= NO GOOD 8) AMAZE 9) CHAMP 10) TIRED
1) B 2) B 3) D
Add up all your points.
Your self-assessment results
For the sake of holy-crow-this-post-is-turning-into-a-novel, I've written your results and what to do with them in 3 Day: Ready, Set, Go.
Since there are 3 sections and each one evaluates a different area of your ASL skills, we look at the results separately and then all together.
Be sure to download the worksheets to help set you on the right course.
Helping you to learn sign language
This is the last part.
Now, what do you do with all of this new data?
We're going to make this information do the hard work for you. I've mentioned 3 Day: Ready, Set, Go. a few times, but let me explain a little more.
You receive the answer sheets, a place to mark final scores, plus what your results mean for you.
Included, is the 3 Day: Ready, Set, Go. Plan. You'll receive guided worksheets to help you take these results, your ASL dreams, and create a learning plan that hones in on where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there faster.
Instead of spinning your wheels and having no real game plan, you now have a sweet blueprint and how to make it work for YOUR life.
Oh, and I did mention that it's free, right? Well, of course it is.
Each day you'll set aside a few minutes to answer some questions, evaluate yourself and your progress, and complete a small action step.
Will you make this year your year to learn sign language?