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American Sign Language (ASL) Browser


American Sign Language (ASL) Browser

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Michigan State University's ASL Browser web site is an online American Sign Language (ASL) browser where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs and learn interesting things about them.
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Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: September 23, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 21, 2016
Submitter: Barbara Levin
Keywords: slp, kasa IIID, principles & methods


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Quicktime plug-in is required. This web site was designed for a browser that supports frames and the ability to embed quicktime movies. If your web browser does not support these, the Personal Communicator web site will not work properly for you.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessibility Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Kelly Stack
4 years ago

Kelly Stack (Staff)

Contains SEE (artificial) signs but does not identify them as such.  Does not contain grammatical instruction.  Contains many English synonyms that are mapped to a single sign.  For example, "abrupt" and "accelerate" are mapped to the same sign (FAST), but it is unlikely that this sign would be used to translate either word in context, especially given that one is an adverb and the other is a verb.  

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour

Avatar for kari robinson
9 years ago

kari robinson (Student)

Useful for learning ASL
Used in course

Avatar for Ckck Jones
13 years ago

Ckck Jones (Staff)

This resource is a well-done visual dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL),
and conssists of an alphabetical index and content frame. The content frame
displays a looping video of the performance of the selected word along with a
text description of how to sign the word. I was able to spend about 30 minutes,
finding words of interest and seeing their sign performed, of this extremely
well-done system. The video is quick and efficient, automatically looping
several times. The user interface is not terribly elegant, but it serves the
purpose and is not cumbersome. This resource would be an excellent resource for
students in communication, speech & hearing, etc. fields. Though not necessarily
an tool for communicating directly with the hearing impared (Wait a second, let
me watch this video...), it would be great tool for learning and reviewing a
large number of signs or could serve as a resource for more obsure words /
signs. It's ease of use is one of its most positive features. Scrolling and
clicking are the only skills required for use, making this resource valuable at
ALL levels of education.
Used in course

Avatar for   huynh
14 years ago

huynh (Student)

I reviewed this site by learning how to sign words that i would used eveyday.
Since i been working at my work i have had two people come in writing their
order on paper or showing what they wanted. This site is really helpful in many
ways. The quality is really good & i was able to see how to sign lang. It was
really easy to use this site but the only problem is remembering how to talk
with my hands.

Avatar for Teacher Education Editorial Board
15 years ago

Teacher Education Editorial Board (Faculty)

This site is presented by Michigan State University as an on-line American Sign
Language browser where thousands of video footage of ASL signs are offered.
This item will be reviewed by the Teacher Education Editorial Board. #13

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Quicktime plug-in is required.