I recently began taking American Sign Language (ASL) classes and obtained a copy of Carol Radden, Tom Humphries, and Terrence J. O’Rourke’s book, A Basic Course in American Sign Language (Second Edition) (Terrence J, 1994), which outlines vital information needed to become proficient ASL.
Used everywhere from required college foreign language classes to schools for the deaf/hard of hearing, A Basic Course in American Sign Language’s easy-to-grasp material includes concise illustrations, outlines in sentence structures, vocabulary, detailed explanations, and practice exercises, among the book’s superb contents.
A Basic Course in American Sign Language is a great learning tool for any ASL class from the most novice beginners to intermediate ASL students. Basic sign language is a great second language for anyone to learn; we may never use the skill on a daily basis, but never hurts to have that knowledge ready when it is needed.
This book is a bit pricey, but worth the investment for both learning ASL and as a future reference guide.