Introduction to Practice

Applied Community Studies
Sign Language Interpretation
Course Code
INTR 1242
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This field-based course provides students with an introduction to the practice profession of Sign Language interpretation. Learning is focused on: continuing development of pre-interpreting skills such as vocabulary development, discourse mapping and discourse reconstruction (paraphrasing); application of the Demand Control Schema (best practice process for reflection and decision making); an introduction to the Deaf-Blind community.
Course Content

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

  • Ongoing application of discourse analysis is an ever-evolving skill of interpreters.
  • Ongoing learning about the varieties of language use and cultural identities encountered in an  interpreter’s work is required for effective practice.
  • Current knowledge on a variety of topics is required for effective practice.
  • Interpreters may work with people who are Deaf-Blind, which entails mastering an additional skill set to accommodate specific communication needs and intervening techniques.
  • The decision-making process of interpreters is a complicated process requiring a multifaceted approach that considers all perspectives.
  • The Demand Control Schema provides useful constructs that allow for reflective dialogue about interpreting work, with the goal of improving effective and ethical decision making.


Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Demonstration/practice
  • Group work
Means of Assessment
  • Demonstration/practice
  • Group work
  • Written assignments

This is a letter-graded course.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply techniques learned through observations to one’s own emerging professional practice;
  2. Explain the etiology of Deaf-Blind identities and communication methods used by Deaf-Blind people as well as define the distinction between interpreters and interveners;
  3. Apply strategies for on-going vocabulary development;
  4. Examine various settings in which interpreters work, using a Best Practice Process approach.
Textbook Materials




B or above in INTR 1142


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for INTR 1242
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MOLA 3XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023