Curriculum Guideline

Foundations of Practice

Effective Date:
Course
Course Code
INTR 1142
Descriptive
Foundations of Practice
Department
Sign Language Interpretation
Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Credits
1.50
Start Date
End Term
201420
Discontinued
No
Is Active
No
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
16
Contact Hours
60 hours
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Demonstration/practice
  • Field observations
  • Group work
Course Description
This field-based course provides students foundational skills to the field of Sign Language interpretation and will involve learning in various areas. The focus is on opportunities to observe interpreters in practice; development of foundational skills such as discourse mapping, and discourse reconstruction; and an introduction to the Demand Control Schema (best practice process).
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Interpreting is a practice profession.
  • Multi-faceted and multi-sensory observation skills are cornerstones of practice in human services. The purpose of observation is to be more effective in responding to others.
  • Observation is dynamic and continuous, formal and informal. These skills include observing, recording, interpreting and reporting. They improve through practice and reflection.
  • Effective observers have a clear focus, purpose and intention. They conduct themselves in a legal, ethical and respectful manner.
  • Accurate observation requires awareness of personal values and filters, preconceptions and biases.
  • Observation of, and reflection on, the self-in-action are integral to on-going practitioner development.
  • Competent practitioners consider different hypotheses when interpreting their observations. Their conclusions are tentative and open to reflection, review and revision.
  • Context and events are linked, thus contextual factors need consideration when observing, recording and interpreting.
  • The manner in which observations are recorded, reported and used, influences interpretation of the material collected. Choice of language needs careful consideration as it influences others’ perceptions and interpretations.
  • The observer’s presence and behaviour affects the situation being observed.
  • Field observations recordings form critical links between coursework and practice.  What is observed becomes substance for discussion and reflection.
  • Study and observation of skilled practitioners provide insight into roles, responsibilities and contexts of practice.
  • The task of interpreting requires mastery of foundational skills including closure techniques, prediction skills, memory, and multi-tasking.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze observations of interpreters’ work in light of their own personal filters, and apply techniques learned through observations to their own professional practice
  2. Apply the Demand Control Schema to decision making as it pertains to the field of interpreting
  3. Demonstrate pre-interpreting skills including closure techniques, discourse prediction skills, memory and multi-tasking
  4. Analyze and diagram a text to determine the main points and supporting detail, and reconstruct English texts working from a diagram of their own design.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Demonstration/practice
  • Field observations
  • Group work

This is a mastery/non-mastery course.

Textbook Materials

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