Build your ASL skills with classifiers and use of space by translating clips from the movie “Batman” and comparing your translation to the work of ASL Master David Rivera.
This activity is part one of three segments from the original video. The video also includes a summary of the entire 1989 “Batman” movie.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Summary of “Batman” movie
These are some of the key skills from Taylor (207) that you can choose to focus on in this activity.
- Major Feature | Classifiers
- 4.3 Use accurate descriptive classifiers (111)
- 4.4 Use accurate locative classifiers (113)
- 4.5 Use accurate body classifiers and body part classifiers (114)
- 4.10 Use all categories of classifiers when applicable (121)
- 4.11 Change from one classifier to another classifier or sign accurately (122)
- Major Feature | Space
- 5.4 Use accurate spatial agreement (141)
- 5.5 Restructure space accurately (145)
- 5.7 Use as much space as the interpretation requires (149)
Time Required for Activity: 20 mins
- Identify key skills related to classifiers and space to practice
- Create representation of interaction from video clip in ASL
- Compare and contrast your representation with that of a master ASL storyteller
- Identify new skills from ASL sample and incorporate in a re-telling of the video clip
Taylor, M.(2017). Interpretation Skills: American Sign Language to English. Edmonton: Interpreting Consolidated.
Step One: Prediction
In this activity, you will watch a clip from the 1989 movie “Batman.” Spend a few moments predicting what the scene might contain. You can click here to read the Wikipedia entry of the movie to provide you with some background.
Step Two: Watch and Re-Tell in ASL
Click below to watch the scene from “Batman.” As you watch, notice the spatial relationships between the characters and the different actions that take place.
After watching the video, re-tell the action in ASL. Imagine you are meeting a friend after having seen the movie and want to describe the scene to them in ASL. Record yourself so you have documentation of your growth through this process.
Step 3: Watch ASL Master
David Rivera created an ASL recreation of this scene. Think about what elements of your first attempt were challenging for you. Watch carefully to see how David manages these parts.
Shadow ASL Version
After having watched it the first time, play it again and shadow David. Focus on specific skills that you are working on developing. For example, you might be working on body and body part classifiers. Make sure you are paying special attention to how he manages to use these types of classifiers to represent the action.
Tip: It may be helpful for you to click on the Gear icon on the YouTube video menu and change the speed to .75 or .5. Click here for tutorial on how to do that.
Step Four: Re-Tell in ASL Again
Now that you have watched and shadowed David Rivera’s version, try re-telling it again. You can review the scene if that is helpful.
As you retell it, record yourself again and compare it to your first attempt.
- What improvements did you see between your first and second attempt?
- What areas do you still want to focus on as you continue your practice?