Sign Language Interpretation

Code Course Description
INTR 1101

Introduction to Deafhood

This course is an introduction to Deaf culture and to the richness of the local, regional and global Deaf community. The key cultural elements of signed language, values, norms for interaction, traditions and artistic expression will be highlighted. Deaf community members' various life pathways and diverse identities will be explored, and contrasted with society's perspectives on what it means to be Deaf.

INTR 1102

Allyship and the Deaf Community

This course encourages students to examine what it means to be an ally within the socio-political context of the dynamics between Deaf and non-Deaf people, exploring the effects of marginalization and lack of access, as well as the significance of power, privilege and identity. They will examine professional roles, particularly that of sign language interpreters, and their own suitability to work in and alongside the Deaf community.

INTR 1103

Social Justice Perspectives on Deaf Education, History and Access

This course provides opportunities to study the challenges and successes of Deaf people's access to all facets of society, as experienced by users of visual language in a world dominated by the use of spoken language. Students will apply a social justice lens to examine the history of systems (education, health care, etc.), and shifts in legislation and social policy that impact the lives of Deaf people.

INTR 1120

Self and Professional Practice

This course emphasizes a developmental approach to self-awareness and professional practice. It provides students with a framework to explore wellness themes pertinent to the field of sign language interpreting.

INTR 1142

Foundations of Practice

This field-based course provides students with foundational skills for the field of Sign Language interpretation. Learning is focused on: opportunities to observe interpreters in practice; development of foundational skills such as discourse mapping and discourse reconstruction; an introduction to setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals and to the Demand Control Schema (best practice process for reflection and decision making).

INTR 1145

Discourse Analysis and Translation

This methods course provides students with opportunities to analyze ASL and English discourse and develop an equivalent translation in each language. Students will explore speaker/signer intent, contextual impact, proposition identification, message, meaning and cultural mediation.

INTR 1175

Pre-Interpreting ASL – I

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.

INTR 1225

Professional and Cultural Mediation

This course provides students with opportunities to explore the concept of sign language interpreters as cultural mediators within their professional role. Role-play, culturally-linked texts and field experiences will be used to stimulate discussion, reflection and class projects.

INTR 1241

Sign Language Interpretation – Practicum I

This course provides opportunities for students to develop interpreting skills and practice professional skills under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences.

INTR 1242

Introduction to Practice

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.

INTR 1275

Pre-Interpreting ASL – II

In this course, students will demonstrate advanced ASL skills. ASL utterances will reflect appropriate time sequence and detail. Developing skills include use of linguistic techniques to produce appropriate grammatical structure, use of classifiers, locatives and ASL mouthing.

INTR 1285

Deafhood: Global Diversity in Deaf Culture

This course will provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of Deaf culture and to explore a new paradigm described as Deafhood. Definitions and theories of culture will be studied through a historical perspective of the lives of Deaf people around the world. Historical implications on current practices of providing services and education for Deaf people in the world today will also be examined.

Course instruction will be in American Sign Language.

INTR 1290

Community-Based Language and Culture in Action

This review course provides opportunities for students to review and apply basic theories of interpreting as they practice consecutive and simultaneous interpreting with a variety of discourse samples. There are two segments to the course, the first segment being offered primarily on-line, and the second segment taking place at an off-campus week-long retreat. Prior to attending the retreat, students will review guiding and interpreting techniques for working with people who are Deaf-Blind.

INTR 2300

Language and Culture in Action – Interpretation I

This methods course provides opportunities for students to develop simultaneous interpreting skills while using a variety of general and technical source texts. Students will be challenged to reflect on and integrate new and prior skills, knowledge and experiences with their emerging professional identity. They will learn strategies for interpreting in both teamed and unteamed situations.

INTR 2310

Professional & Business Practices

This course will give students additional opportunities to explore the roles and responsibilities of the interpreter as a professional. Focus will be on employment preparation and business skills for the freelance interpreter.

INTR 2320

Interpreting in Educational Settings

This course provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the interpreter’s role and responsibilities when working in educational settings. Strategies to work successfully as a member of the educational team and classroom discourse will be examined. Major emphasis will be on interpreting in the K-12 setting, including adapting interpretations to accommodate a child’s cognitive development and preferred learning style.

INTR 2375

Pre-Interpreting ASL – III

In this course, students will demonstrate advanced ASL skills and develop skills in recognizing the nuances of ASL in various settings. Students will master techniques supporting proper ASL structure as they apply classroom learning to interactive communications.

INTR 2400

Language and Culture in Action – Interpretation II

This methods course provides further opportunities for students to develop simultaneous interpreting skills while using a variety of general and technical texts. Students will be challenged to reflect on and integrate new and prior skills, knowledge and experiences with their emerging professional identity.

INTR 2420

Sign Language Interpretation – Practicum II

This practicum course provides opportunities for students to practice professional skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

INTR 2440

Sign Language Interpretation – Practicum III

This practicum course provides opportunities for students to practice professional skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

INTR 2475

Pre-Interpreting ASL – IV

In this course students will demonstrate advanced ASL skills, and mastery of and appropriate use of ASL linguistic techniques. Students will learn to be versatile in adapting their ASL usage to meet the variety of needs among consumers of interpreting. This will include being able to use contact sign when appropriate.