Pre-Interpreting ASL – I

Applied Community Studies
Sign Language Interpretation
Course Code
INTR 1175
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 3 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course for intermediate ASL users focuses on developing skills in using ASL numbering systems, linguistic techniques to produce grammatically correct ASL, classifiers and locatives. Students will also apply pre-interpreting skills related to discourse mapping of ASL texts and reconstruct ASL discourse from diagrams of their own design.
Course Content

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

  • ASL is based on a grammatical structure which is different from English. Effective, grammatically correct ASL is an essential tool for individuals working with Deaf children, youth and adults in one-to-one interactions, small group interactions and presentations.
  • In ASL, affect and grammar are communicated visually.  Individuals who use ASL effectively are able to distinguish between affective markers and grammatical markers and can appropriately include both in their expressive communication.
  • The visual-gestural nature of ASL requires frequent use of spatial locatives and classifiers to clearly convey information.  It also uses a highly sophisticated system of directional verbs.
  • Pausing and phrasing is a linguistic tool which allows a listener to make sense of an utterance by chunking information and/or phrases so the receiver knows which ideas relate to other ideas. Fluent language users are able to manipulate the language so it contains appropriate pauses and phrases.
  • Linguistic cohesion helps a listener determine the relationship of one current utterance to prior and to following statements.  In ASL, cohesive devices include eye-gaze, indexing, truncated summaries and/or specific signs.
  • ASL tends to be highly descriptive, detailed and narrative in nature.  ASL uses techniques to communicate information in a direct high-detail manner.  Advanced level signers can use the techniques of reiterating, couching (or nesting) and faceting correctly.
  • Clear, effective communication requires that ASL users recognize the twenty-seven numbering systems and use them appropriately.  Further, fluent signers are expected to use fingerspelling and loan signs appropriately, to produce fingerspelled words and loan signs clearly and to read them with relative ease in context.
  • Social and community events, where native users of a language gather, provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of that language and cultural norms of group interaction.
  • Local, provincial and national organizations of, for and by Deaf people publish their own newsletters and online resources.  These are a means for sharing the Deaf cultural experience, and are vehicles for disseminating news and information pertinent to Deaf people.
  • Literature reveals insights into the culture of the Deaf community.  In ASL literature, Deaf people portray themselves and reaffirm their identities as members of a distinct culture group. Therefore, literature provides an excellent medium for studying culture and is a vital component of any foreign language study.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Modeling
  • Practice/critique
  • Shadowing language models
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
  • Videotaped assignments
  • Written assignments


This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Incorporate appropriate non-manual markers in signed utterances
  2. Produce ASL discourse reflecting a range of registers
  3. Recognize and begin to use linguistic techniques employed in ASL structure
  4. Use discourse markers appropriate to ASL
  5. Analyze and diagram ASL texts to determine the main points and supporting detail
  6. Reconstruct ASL texts working from a map of their own design
  7. Incorporate numbers, finger spelling and visual affect as it is used in ASL
  8. Produce grammatically correct ASL.
Textbook Materials




No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for INTR 1175
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MOLA 3XX (3.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

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