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Pre-Interpreting ASL – IV

Course Code: INTR 2475
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • ASL tends to be highly descriptive and detailed as well as narrative in nature.  Fluent users of ASL apply the correct semantic lexical choices and use linguistic techniques to convey meaning.
  • Fluent users of ASL structure discourse according to real-time sequencing and have a diverse semantic range in which classifiers, spatial locatives, directional verbs and affect markers are used to provide specific semantic information.
  • Fluent ASL signers use correct grammatical structure.  They are able to incorporate sign sequencing with visual grammatical markers to communicate in a variety of registers and can adapt their language to numerous contextual variations.  These include special ways of communicating with Deaf children, youth, senior citizens, novice sign language users, etc.
  • Individuals who work with Deaf children, youth and adults are expected to be aware of the cultural aspects of the language and community and demonstrate cultural sensitivity and proper social behaviours.
  • Regional differences exist in ASL used throughout North America and interpreters need to adapt their language use to the norms of the region in which they work.
  • Second language users should understand how “polite” and “artistic” linguistic structures are used and when/where it is appropriate for non-deaf people to use them.
  • Consumers of interpreting have diverse linguistic needs and interpreters must be versatile in varying their signing across a spectrum that includes ASL but also more English-like forms known as contact sign varieties.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Modeling
  • Practice/critique

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Videotaped assignments
  • Written assignments
  • End-of-fourth-semester portfolio of the student’s work.

This is a mastery/non-mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use ASL and contact signs in practicum settings, adapting discourse to content and consumer needs
  2. Adapt language use to incorporate regional differences in ASL
  3. Incorporate visual affect, time sequencing and appropriate levels of detail and cohesion in ASL discourse.

course prerequisites

INTR 2375 with a B or better

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.