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Program outcomes

Graduates of the Program of Sign Language Interpretation will be able to interpret meaning, communicate bilingually, act bi-culturally, act ethically, take care of self and use appropriate business skills. Here is a list of competencies related to these six major outcomes:

Interpret meaning

  • apply a cognitive model of interpreting in which the interpreter actively constructs meaning based on cues provided by others
  • co-interpret effectively during teamed interpreting assignments
  • demonstrate versatility across the visual language spectrum to meet the needs of a variety of D/deaf, hard-of-hearing or Deaf-Blind consumers
  • analyze the effectiveness of interpreting performances by self and others
  • demonstrate knowledge of interpretation theories and their implications for the work of interpreters
  • identify the goals of the setting and of each speaker/signer
  • focus on the source language message, screening out external distractions (e.g. auditory or visual noise) and internal distractions (e.g. fatigue or personal disagreement)
  • analyze the source language message, considering contextual, cultural, linguistic and paralinguistic factors
  • identify content that is explicitly stated and/or implied as well as the intent and affective components 
  • drop source language form and construct meaning
  • create a target language message, applying contextual, cultural, linguistic and paralinguistic features of the target language
  • produce a target language message that conveys the constructed meaning and intent, maintaining the cohesiveness of the interpreted discourse
  • monitor one’s own interpretations and make corrections as needed
  • use effective coordination strategies such as deciding when/how to interject
  • make appropriate decisions regarding the use of consecutive and/or simultaneous interpreting

Communicate bilingually

  • comprehend and fluently produce grammatically correct ASL on a wide variety of topics and across the range of linguistic registers
  • communicate comfortably in ASL with users of all ages
  • communicate effectively in ASL in one-on-one settings, small interactive groups and large audience settings
  • demonstrate versatility across the visual language spectrum to meet the needs of a variety of D/deaf, hard-of-hearing and Deaf-Blind people
  • comprehend and fluently produce grammatically correct English on a wide variety of topics and across the range of linguistic registers
  • communicate comfortably in spoken English with users of all ages
  • communicate effectively in English in one-on-one settings, small interactive groups and large audience settings
  • comprehend and produce written English at a college undergraduate level
  • demonstrate effective, assertive and respectful interpersonal communication
  • make appropriate decisions about one’s own language use when in a mixed group of language users

Act biculturally

  • interact socially in the Deaf community, in a range of contexts and settings, using appropriate norms for social interaction and exhibiting cultural sensitivity
  • demonstrate respect for the values, history, traditions and goals of the Deaf community
  • interact with individuals who are Deaf-Blind in culturally appropriate ways
  • interact socially in the English-speaking community, in a range of contexts and settings, using appropriate norms for social interaction and exhibiting cultural sensitivity
  • make appropriate decisions about one’s own social interactions when in a culturally mixed group of people

Act ethically

  • apply the underlying values and principles of the AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct   
  • understand and respect Occupational Title Protection and its purpose
  • apply effective ethical decision-making processes consistent with theoretical models
  • apply relevant laws, regulations and workplace policies to professional decisions
  • think critically, act responsibly and be accountable when making professional decisions
  • actively honour diversity and respect the autonomy of others
  • act professionally in relationships with consumers, colleagues and others, maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • demonstrate conscientiousness in managing the power inherent in the role of an interpreter
  • reflect regularly on one’s own practice
  • articulate a professional philosophy related to working as an interpreter
  • demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and development

Take care of self

  • use effective time management strategies
  • strive for maintaining wellness and balance in one’s own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
  • be aware of and respectful of one’s limitations and needs
  • establish effective personal and professional support networks
  • recognize stress and implement effective strategies to manage it

Use appropriate business skills

  • demonstrate respectful, effective and timely interpersonal communication
  • be well prepared, reliable and on time
  • prepare for interpreting assignments
  • present with professional demeanor and attire appropriate for the setting
  • understand power dynamics in professional relationships and work effectively within systems
  • seek and incorporate feedback from consumers, mentors and peers
  • engage in professional consultations, pre/de-brief discussions and shared analyses
  • contribute positively to effective teamwork
  • set practical goals for personal and professional development
  • follow standards of practice related to negotiating fees and contracts, self-marketing, invoicing, and accounting
  • communicate effectively in standard written business English
  • use social media in a judicious and responsible manner