We reviewed the:

  • Alphabet
  • Fingerspelling &
  • Numbers 1-20

We learned:

  • Facial expressions (aka: topicalization or Non-Manual Markers [NMMs]) are important in ASL:
    • “Grammatical markers in facial expression includes eye-shifting and eye-glancing, head-tilting and head-shifting, cheek-puffing, lip movement, nose-furrowing, and eyebrow-shifting. Facial signifiers can convey a wide variety of meanings” (handspeak.com).
    • These facial expressions are usually used in conjunction with specific signs.
    • Questions where a response is expected to be “Yes/No” are asked with upraised eyebrows. Take a look.
    • Questions with non-“Yes/No” answers (such as the “W” questions) are asked with eyebrows shifted down, as if the questioner is confused or concerned. Take a look; and scroll down for another look.
  • “W-” Questions:
    • Who
    • What
    • Where
    • When
    • Why
    • How
    • How are you?
    • Which
    • What’s up?
    • What are you doing, what’s going on, what are you going to do?