Interpreter (Sign Language) Education

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Course Description:

The Interpreter Education curriculum prepares individuals to work as entry-level Sign Language Interpreters who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides in-service training for working interpreters who want to upgrade their skills.

Course work includes the acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL); grammar, structure, and sociolinguistic properties; cognitive processes associated with interpretation between ASL and English; the structure and character of the deaf community; and acquisition of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills.

Entry-level jobs for para-professional interpreters are available in educational systems or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time, or self-employment/free lance positions or apply language skills to other human service related areas.


Course Sequencing

Fall Semester I

Course Title Class Lab Contact Credit
ASL-111/181 Elementary ASL I/Lab 1 (Mini I) 6 4 5 3/1
ASL-112/182 Elementary ASL II/ Lab 2 (Mini II) 6 4 5 3/1
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 3 3
IPP-111 Introduction to Interpretation 3 0 3 3
Totals 16 14

Spring Semester I

Course Title Class Lab Contact Credit
ASL-211/281 Intermediate ASL I/Lab 3 3 2 5 3/1
IPP-130 Analytical Skills for Int 1 4 5 3
IPP-152 ASL/English Translation 3 0 3 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 4 3
COM Communications Elective 3 0 3 3
Totals 20 16

Summer Semester I

Course Title Class Lab Contact Credit
ASL-212 Intermediate ASL II 3 0 4.8 3
IPP-161 Consecutive Interpreting 2 6 12.8 5
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 4 2
Totals 21.6 10

Fall Semester II

Course Title Class Lab Contact Credit
ASL-250 Linguistics of ASL 3 0 3 3
IPP-112 Comparative Cultures 3 0 3 3
IPP-224 ASL to English Interpret 1 3 4 2
HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3 3
SOC/BEH Social Behavioral Elective 3 0 3 3
Totals 16 14

Spring Semester II

Course Title Class Lab Contact Credit
ASL-221 Advanced ASL I 3 0 3 3
IPP-221 Simultaneous Interpret I 2 6 8 5
IPP-240 Ethical Stnds & Practices 3 0 3 3
WBL-111 Work Based Learning I 0 10 10 1
WBL-115 Work Based Learning Seminar 1 0 1 1
Totals 25 13