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Sign Language Interpretation – Practicum I

Course Code: INTR 1241
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 4.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

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.

Methods of Instruction

  • Demonstration / practice
  • Lecture/ discussion
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminar

Means of Assessment

  • Demonstration of consecutive interpreting skills
  • Reflections
  • Written tests

This is a letter-graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply models of the interpreting process when analyzing interpreting work.
  2. Prepare for interpreting assignments.
  3. Consecutively interpret between ASL and English, and English and ASL.
  4. Demonstrate professional demeanor, ethical decision making, and respect for others when interpreting.

course prerequisites

B or better in INTR 1145 and INTR 1175 and INTR 1142

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.