Camille Daw
Material Type:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
ASL, Coffee, Conversation, Describe, Fingerspelling, Game, List, Talk
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Coffee Talk, ASL, Intermediate Mid, ONLINE

Coffee Talk, ASL, Intermediate Mid, ONLINE


Students will play a game regarding a wide variety of topics to further their conversation skills. Students will describe objects using descriptors to work on fingerspelling


Description: Students will play a game regarding a wide variety of topics to further their conversation skills. Students will describe objects using descriptors to work on fingerspelling. 

Keywords: Conversation, Game, Descriptors, Fingerspelling 

AATSP Standards for Learning American Sign Language:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions”
  • Standard 1.3 - Students present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics”
  • Standard 4.1 - Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of American Sign Language and their own languages.”

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1: Interact with others in the target language and gain meaning from interactions in the target language.
  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can express my characteristics/personality traits using ASL.
  • I am comfortable with my ability to explain a concept without the use of fingerspelling.
  • I am able to express opinions that relate to everyday topics.

Coffee & Conversations Cards (Canva Link 1) (Canva Link 2
Creamer Cards (Canva Link)
PUMPKIN Cards (Canva Link)

Warm Up and Main Activity

Warm Up

Display the Pumpkin Slide. Students will need a piece of scrap paper and a writing utensil. 

Have students take a few minutes to write down personality traits they have corresponding with the word P-U-M-P-K-I-N (ex. P-positive U-unique M-motherly etc.)

Once everyone is done, have them give some background, an example, or tell a story of why they think they have that characteristic/personality trait.

Main Activity: Coffee & Conversations
Open the Coffee Cards. Choose one and sign the topic to the students. They should not be able to see the topic and should go off the sign alone.

Students should list all of the things that come to mind based on that topic on a piece of scrap paper. 
     Explain to students that each round the time will be getting shorter and shorter (30 seconds to start, by the end possibly only 10 seconds)

After time is up, students go around reading off their lists. 

If you have the same word written down as someone else, you cross it out.

Students earn points for the words they have that no one else has. 

Be sure to question words that don't seem relevant and students have to defend them.

After each round the lab assistant asks a question relating to the topic on the card to create a discussion     


Wrap-up questions: What are you wanting to improve on? Do you feel more confident with your ability to communicate casually? Inform students about upcoming ASL club events.