Foundations of Practice II

Applied Community Studies
Sign Language Interpretation
Course Code
INTR 2242
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides students with opportunities to expand their understanding of the practice profession of sign language interpretation. Continued foundational learning focuses on development of pre-interpreting skills such as English vocabulary development, discourse mapping, discourse reconstruction, paraphrasing and cognitive multi-tasking. Students will be introduced to the Deafblind community and to the variety of setting types where interpreters typically work.
Course Content

Course content will be guided by research, empirical knowledge, professional standards and best practice.

Foundational skills for interpreting:

  • English vocabulary development
  • Listening for comprehension
  • Speaking for clarity 
  • Identifying main points in spoken texts
  • Discourse mapping 
  • Multi-tasking while listening and speaking

Introduction to the Deafblind community:

  • Etiology of Deafblindness
  • Significant organizations of, by and for Deafblind individuals
  • Various communication methods used by members of this population
  • Various mobility and orientation needs, and guiding techniques
  • Distinction between interpreters and intervenors working with individuals who are Deafblind

Introduction to interpreting setting types and their distinguishing features:

  • Educational K-12
  • Educational post-secondary
  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Social services
  • Community
  • Video Relay
  • Video Remote
  • Performing arts
Methods Of Instruction
  • lecture/seminar
  • demonstration/practice
  • small group work
  • guest speakers
  • course readings/video
Means of Assessment

Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. Evaluation will be based on a combination of individual and group work, and at the instructor’s discretion may include presentations, written assignments, papers, quizzes and/or exams. 

A typical distribution of graded assignments follows: 

  • Field Research Group Project, Summary: 15%
  • Field Research Group Project, Presentation: 15%
  • Essays: 2x15%
  • Quizzes totalling 30%
  • Professional Accountability 10% 

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate versatility in English vocabulary use
  • Use effective techniques for discourse mapping and paraphrasing
  • Perform advanced level listening and speaking skills
  • Describe the variety of Deafblind etiology and identities
  • Describe various communication methods used by Deafblind people
  • Define the role of intervenor
  • Contrast key features of setting types where interpreters work
  • Identify strategies for one’s own ongoing vocabulary development
Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for INTR 2242
Athabasca University (AU) AU LANG 2XX (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC CASS 188 (3) or CNC CASS 189 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University Canada West (UCW) UCW HUMN 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2022