American Sign Language 2
Tutor: Jill Mann-Porvaznik
Length: Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 2

Description: This class will build on the skills learned in ASL I, increasing vocabulary, sharpening facial expressions and practicing ASL structure. Deaf culture is incorporated as well. Example of topics learned: Locating Things Around the House, Life Events, Talking About the Weekend. 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.  

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.


Cost:  $225, $235 or $245 per semester (depending on registration date)
: Grades 8-12 or tutor approval
Prerequisite: Sign Language 1 or tutor approval
Homework and Expected Practice: 20 minutes/day
Optional Text: (to be purchased by parents) Signing Naturally, Student Workbook Level 1, by DawnSignPress. (Note: This is the same book that is used for Sign Language 1.) A good dictionary is The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown, however the student can access many online dictionaries at no cost.

Signing book 1        dictionary