Discourse Analysis and Translation

Applied Community Studies
Sign Language Interpretation
Course Code
INTR 1145
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This methods course provides students with opportunities to analyze ASL and English discourse and develop an equivalent translation in each language. Students will explore speaker/signer intent, contextual impact, proposition identification, message, meaning and cultural mediation.
Course Content

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

  • Interpretation requires the ability to complete a series of highly complex cognitive tasks.
  • Accurate interpretation entails analyzing the source language and identifying propositions.
  • Discerning speaker goal and analyzing contextual factors are crucial steps in the interpreting process.
  • Understanding communication as a shared, social process of co-constructing meaning is important for interpreters.
  • Discourse analysis and translation tasks are key foundations for the development of skills in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Practice
  • Audio visual
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Written assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Group work

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use predicting and discourse mapping
  2. Analyze discourse identifying linguistic elements, including speaker goal and register
  3. Recognize sociolinguistic variables in both English and ASL discourse
  4. Make appropriate cultural linguistic translations
  5. Identify implied elements embedded in the source text
  6. Produce an equivalent message in the target language
  7. Explain the process of discourse analysis and translation
Textbook Materials




No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for INTR 1145
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MOLA 3XX (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022