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Sign Language Interpreting

Associate Professor: M. Soukup
Assistant Professors: M. Dyce, C. Gunderson, C. Steen

The Sign Language Interpreting Program prepares students to interpret in a variety of settings. The program has been developed in accordance with the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) recommended course of study and is based on a broad foundation of liberal arts, sciences, professional education, research, and practicum. Students must pass the Intermediate level of the SLPI (Sign Language Proficiency Interview) and a Spoken English Assessment to be admitted into the Sign Language Interpreting Program.

Sign Language Interpreting Major:

43 credit hours
Required Courses:
EDHH 220 — Foundations in American Deaf Culture (3 cr)
ASL 110 — American Sign Language I (3 cr)
ASL 111 — American Sign Language II (3 cr)
ASL 210 — American Sign Language III (3 cr)
ASL 211 — American Sign Language IV (3 cr)
INTR 200 — Fingerspelling (2 cr)
INTR 201 — Introduction to Interpreting (2 cr)
INTR 301 — Building Translation Skills (3 cr)
INTR 334 — American Sign Language V (3 cr)
INTR 340 — Interpretation I (3 cr)
INTR 342 — American Sign Language to English I (3 cr)
INTR 343 — English to American Sign Language I (3 cr)
INTR 344 — American Sign Language to English II (3 cr)
INTR 345 — English to American Sign Language II (3 cr)
INTR 360 — ASL Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (3 cr)

Courses Required for Certification: 15 credit hours
INTR 350 — Specialized Interpreting (3 cr)
INTR 355 — Interpreting Practicum (3 cr)
INTR 455 —Advanced Interpreting Practicum 9 cr

Supportive Courses Required for Certification: 19 credit hours
COMM 110 — Introduction to Communication (3 cr)
EDUC 355 — Human Relations in Education (3 cr)
–or–GOVT 120 — Politics in a Diverse World
–or– PSYC 335 — Human Relations
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
GOVT 110 — Introduction to Government (3 cr)
NAST — Elective Course (NAST 320 or 352) (3 cr)
THEA 115 — The Theatre Experience (3 cr)
–or–*THEA 121 — Acting I
–or– THEA 220 — Acting II
*Note: THEA 121 does not satisfy general education requirements.

Sign Language Interpreting Courses:

INTR 201 — Introduction to Interpreting (2 credits)
This course provides a survey of the field of ASL/English interpreting including roles and responsibilities, professional practices, and certificate/licensure. An introduction to the ethical practices of the interpreting profession, interpreting process models, and Demand/Control theory will be included. Prerequisites: EDHH 220 and ASL 111; Offered Every Fall Semester.

Prerequisite for INTR 300 and 400-level Courses: Admission to Interpreting Program

INTR 301 — Building Translation Skills (3 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to cognitive processing, theory of translation, and models of interpretation. Students will engage in a variety of lab activities designed to isolate various cognitive processes in order to increase student’s ability to focus, concentrate, and analyze. Components of translation will be discussed and practiced in both English and ASL. Students will learn various models of interpretation and their application to prepare them for Interpretation I. Prerequisites: ASL 210 and INTR 201; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 334 — American Sign Language V (3 credits)
ASL V is a continuation of all the ASL classes taken before, where students build up their expertise in the visual-kinetic language used by Deaf people in the US and Canada. This course will cover common communication situations such as talking about money, making major decisions, discussing health conditions and storytelling. The course will also discuss ways of signing stories. ASL V students will also learn the basic concepts of linguistics as they pertain to ASL structure. Communication functions, vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects of the Deaf community will be covered through the course. Prerequisites: EDHH 220 and ASL 211; Offered Every Fall Semester.

INTR 340 — Interpretation I (Area 2.1B) (3 credits)
This course focuses on the interpretation skills from ASL to spoken English and from spoken English to ASL. This course focuses on consecutive interpretation theory and practice. Expansion/Compression strategies and interpreting management strategies will also be introduced. Students will interpret both rehearsed and unrehearsed texts. Prerequisites: INTR 301; Offered Every Fall Semester.

INTR 342 — American Sign Language to English I (3 credits)
This course focuses on simultaneous interpretation skills from ASL to English. The course introduces team interpretation, one-on-one interaction, small group interactive settings and narrative discourse. Incorporating effective compression strategies will be emphasized in this course. Live and videotaped scenarios will be used. Prerequisites: INTR 340; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 343 — English to American Sign Language I (3 credits)
This course focuses on simultaneous interpretation skills from English to ASL. The course introduces team interpretation, one-on-one interaction, small group interactive settings and narrative discourse. Incorporating effective compression strategies will be emphasized in this course. Live and videotaped scenarios will be used. Prerequisites: INTR 342; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 344 — American Sign Language to English II (3 credits)
This course focuses on advanced ASL to English interpretation skills. The course also focuses on monologue work, team interpretation, large group interactive settings, and formal platform interpretation. This course will address students’ ability to modify their interpretation based on consumer preferences. Live and videotaped scenarios will be used. Prerequisites: INTR 342; Offered Every Fall Semester.

INTR 345 — English to American Sign Language II (3 credits)
This course focuses on advanced English to ASL interpretation skills. The course also focuses on monologue work, team interpretation, large group interactive settings, and formal platform interpretation. This course will address students’ ability to modify their interpretation based on consumer preferences. Live and videotaped scenarios will be used. Prerequisites: INTR 343; Offered Every Fall Semester.

INTR 350 — Specialized Interpreting (3 credits)
This course is designed to expose students to a variety of settings in which an interpreter may function. The Demand-Control theory will be the foundational approach to setting analysis including the principles and protocols associated with each setting. “Hands-on” experiences will be provided through various mock situations for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate placement and skill application in each of these settings. This course includes both observations and in-class discussions. Prerequisites: INTR 340; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 355 — Interpreting Practicum (3 credits)
This practicum provides on-site observation of working interpreters in educational, community, service agency or other settings. Classroom work includes discussion of a decision-making model that guides students in ethical decision-making. Practicum students will meet together weekly to share observations and experiences gained from the practicum placement. Class discussions will focus on linguistic issues in interpretation, ethical dilemmas, situational concerns and problem solving. Students are required to have 45 hours of observation experience and a weekly two hour seminar. Prerequisites: INTR 343; Offered Every Fall Semester.

INTR 360 — ASL Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the linguistics study of American Sign Language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and the basics of sociolinguistics. The discussion addresses the major features of languages and the structure, use, and variation in American Sign Language. Prerequisites: ASL 211 and INTR 340; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 455 — Advanced Interpreting Practicum (9 credits)
Graded S/U

INTR 495 — Interpreting Internship (9 credits)
Internship provides students with extensive exploration of the interpreting profession under the guidance of a qualified professional interpreter in settings that may include one or several of the following: education, medical, business, and government. The internship will be ten weeks in length, requiring approximately 35 hours per week. Prerequisites: EDHH 220, ASL 211, INTR 345, 350, and 355; Offered Every Spring Semester.

INTR 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Sign Language Interpreting (1-4 credits)

INTR 199, 299, 399 — Independent Study (1-4 credit)