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Elaine Costello

Author of Signing: How To Speak With Your Hands

18 Works 1,197 Members 8 Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Elaine Costello has been an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than thirty years. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of science degree from the University of Kansas, both with a major in deaf education. Her show more doctorate was earned from Syracuse University in the area of instructional technology. For ten years a classroom teacher and supervisor in schools for the deaf, she is now the director and editor in chief of Gallaudet University Press at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world's only liberal arts college for deaf students. show less

Works by Elaine Costello

Signing: How To Speak With Your Hands (1983) 319 copies, 2 reviews

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I have learned that ASL references written by Elaine Costello are good references to have. It explains well the signs with some of the mnemonics or basis of the sign. Of course, this dictionary is nice and small so it literally fits in pockets... well, men's pockets or large winter jacket pockets. The smaller number of words can sometimes lead to struggling for synonyms but it helped me look up signs so I could put together short, simple sentences to communicate with a Deaf colleague (e.g. "I made coffee if you want some," "leaving for meeting," etc.). It helped with social bonding, as making efforts to speak someone's language shows consideration, and it gave me tools to express the consideration I already had.… (more)
 
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OptimisticCautiously | 2 other reviews | Sep 16, 2020 |
I have learned that ASL references written by Elaine Costello are good references to have. It explains well the signs with some of the mnemonics or basis of the sign. Of course, this dictionary is nice and small so it literally fits in pockets... well, men's pockets or large winter jacket pockets. The smaller number of words can sometimes lead to struggling for synonyms but it helped me look up signs so I could put together short, simple sentences to communicate with a Deaf colleague (e.g. "I made coffee if you want some," "leaving for meeting," etc.). It helped with social bonding, as making efforts to speak someone's language shows consideration, and it gave me tools to express the consideration I already had.… (more)
 
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OptimisticCautiously | 2 other reviews | Sep 16, 2020 |
This is a good book if you are just beginning to learn sign language, but after a semester, it was too elementary. This dictionary rarely ever includes the signs for the words I need to look up now. The ones it does have are basic and introductory, after your first year or immersion, it will be useless to you.
 
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Saieeda | 2 other reviews | Jul 21, 2010 |
This is an excellent book. All the pictures are very well shown. The signs areorganized in a logical manner that allows you to easily look up words. If you are interpreting for a religious event, this is the book for you.
 
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Saieeda | 2 other reviews | May 8, 2010 |

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