Sign Language 1
Tutor: Jill Mann-Porvaznik
Email: jmann2@comcast.net
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 1

Description: This class will introduce the beginning skills of basic communication through signs, facial expressions and ASL structure. Deaf culture and history will be incorporated as well. Example of topics learned: Introducing Oneself, Telling About Activities, Describing Others. This class is highly interactive and will involve teacher presentations, group activities and student presentations which will enhance students' production and receptive skills to effectively communicate in the deaf community.

Students have the opportunity to perform with their class at both the Christmas Celebration and Spring Showcase.   ($5 has been added to the supply fee to help cover performance expenses.)

The Christmas Celebration date is Thursday, December 13, 2018.  The Spring Showcase is Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Spring Showcase performance, May 2013:


Tutor: Jill Mann-Porvaznik
has an AAS in Sign Language Interpreting & Transliterating from Saint Paul Technical College. In 2008, Jill became a nationally certified interpreter through the Registered Interpreters for the Deaf, RID. She is a CODA, Child Of Deaf Adults. Because her parents are deaf, her first language is ASL. She enjoys meeting new people while working as an interpreter in education, freelance and video relay. She has received a BA from Metropolitan State University in Multicultural Studies. She is eager to share the language that she is passionate about to others in the community.

Level: Grades 8-12 or tutor approval
Prerequisite: none
Homework and Expected Practice: 20 minutes/day
OptionalText: (to be purchased by parents) Signing Naturally, Student Workbook Level 1, by DawnSignPress. A sign language dictionary is highly encouraged. Recommended is The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown

Signing book 1        dictionary


Supply fee: $10 for photocopies and activities throughout the semester