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Introduction to Practice

Course Code: INTR 1242
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

  • 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.

course prerequisites

B or above in 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.