Sign Language Interpretation – Practicum I
Sign Language Interpretation
Applied Community Studies
Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
10 hours - Seminar 160 hours - Practicum
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
- Demonstration / practice
This practical course provides opportunities for students to develop interpreting skills and practice professional skills in selected sites under supervision (in simulated settings and also in the community). Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Interpreters develop skill by practicing the various sub-tasks that are part of the interpreting process.
- Discourse mapping, predicting and preparing are key strategies for interpreters
- The ability to identify and interpret main points of content is an important step, before developing skills to interpret all supporting details.
- Practicing interpreting source text consecutively, in linguistic chunks, is necessary before learning to interpret simultaneously.
- Studying the process models of Cokely, Colonomos and Seleskovitch and current discourse of a cognitive model of interpreting provides an important theoretical base.
- Interpreting in community settings requires assessing the needs of the consumers and of the setting, identifying the demands on the interpreter, and being adaptive as to how to control for these demands.
- A professional interpreter learns to monitor their own work and respond to feedback, as well as to reflect accurately on the success and identify needs for further skill development.
- A professional interpreter always acts in an ethical manner.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply models of the interpreting process when analyzing interpreting work.
- Prepare for interpreting assignments.
- Consecutively interpret between ASL and English, and English and ASL.
- Demonstrate professional demeanor, ethical decision making, and respect for others when interpreting.
Means of Assessment
- Demonstration of consecutive interpreting skills
- Written tests
This is a letter-graded course.