Practicum Readiness

Applied Community Studies
Sign Language Interpretation
Course Code
INTR 3242
Semester Length
23 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course prepares students for the practicum experiences in their final semester of the sign language interpreting program. Students will be challenged to reflect on their new and prior skills, knowledge and experiences, integrating these with their emerging professional identity.
Course Content

Professional Skills

  • Expectations of the college, practicum site and mentors 
  • Navigating professional space as a student
  • Clear and precise communication
  • Working relationships 
  • Coordinating and facilitating meetings
  • Ethical decision making


  • Attaining feedback and engaging in discussions of the work
  • Clarifying and incorporating feedback
  • Foundational exercises to support skill development 
  • Identifying own focus areas and goals for ongoing development

Preparation for work

  • Co-interpreting strategies
  • Co-interpreting preferences
  • Preparation needs
  • Preparation strategies
Methods Of Instruction

Methods of instruction for this course will include some or all of the following:

  • seminar
  • small group work
  • guest speakers
  • course readings/video
Means of Assessment

Evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. This is a mastery/non-mastery course.

Typical meeans of assessment include:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Field experience 
  • Capstone portfolio of student’s work
Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate effective professional communication;
  • express preferences and discuss strategies when working in a co-interpreting team;
  • coordinate and facilitate evaluation meetings including professional mentors and college instructors;
  • analyze their own areas of strength and challenge, and identify areas for development;
  • apply an ethical reasoning framework (e.g. Demand Control Schema) in real-world situations;
  • solicit and apply feedback provided by professional mentors;
  • determine preparation needed, gather materials/resources, and employ appropriate preparation strategies;
  • express own learning, including successes and struggles, in a written formatand;
  • undertake each practicum experience with increasing confidence.
Textbook Materials

Readings as assigned by instructor.


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 3242
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2022