ASL- English Interpretation Program

Course Descriptions

ASL - English Interpretation Core Courses

INTR 101 – ASL V (3 credits)
This lecture/lab course focuses on the analysis and application of specific parameters of ASL, such as: classifiers, nonmanual markers, Fingerspelling and numbers.

INTR 102 – ASL VI (3 credits)
This lecture/lab course will increase the student's use of grammatical features of ASL, and introduce new grammatical features, such as the complex use of spatial structuring and register variations.

INTR 103 – ASL VII (3 credits)
This course focuses on the development of syntactic and semantic competence in ASL with particular attention to narrative discourse and lexical and semantic equivalents for multiple meaning English lexical items.

INTR 111 - ASL Linguistics (3 credits)
This course investigates the structural properties of ASL including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. Focus is given to how visual languages differ and are similar to spoken languages.

INTR 112 - Theory and Practice of Interpreting (3 credits)
This course examines the work of interpreters from a variety of theories relating to role, function and process and provides an understanding of how these theories impact day-to-day interpreting work.

INTR 113 - Discourse Analysis (3 Credits)
In this course, students study discourse by analyzing the context and intentions of the people within various communication events.

INTR 115 - Portfolio Assessment 1 (1 Credit)
In this course, students are presented with a structured method for synthesizing evidence of learning and accomplishments into a formal collection or portfolio.

INTR 204 – ASL VIII (3 credits)
This course focuses on the development of public speaking skills in ASL with particular attention to expressing texts in consultative and formal register.

INTR 205 – ASL Self Directed Lab  (1 credit)
This lab focuses on receptive and expressive competence in ASL with particular attention to the application of numbering and fingerspelling in ASL and other features specific to the student’s linguistic profile.  In addition to fingerspelling and numbering, students select areas of focus based on self-analysis completed in INTR 204.

INTR 210 - ASL and English Contrastive Analysis (2 credits)
Student compares and contrasts the differences between ASL and English texts with attention to discourse markers, tense, pronominalization, role shifting, cohesion, coherence, topic shifts, nonverbal/non-manual behavior, affect and register.

INTR 211 - Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills for Interpreters (3 credits)
Through application of the Demand-Control Schema, students explore and negotiate the contexts in which interpreting occurs, question roles and responsibilities, and address situational issues arising in mediated communication events.

INTR 215 - Portfolio Assessment 2 (1 Credit)
In this course, students are presented with a structured method for synthesizing evidence of learning and accomplishments into a formal collection or portfolio.

INTR 220 – Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting Skills-Development 1 (3 credits)
This lecture/lab course engages students in the development of consecutive interpreting skills, focusing on further development of processing skills associated with interpreting. .

INTR 311 - Community and Identity (2 credits)
Students explore the structure of community and how involvement in community contributes to self-awareness, identity, human relations and civic responsibility.

INTR 312 - Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
This course focuses on discourse and interpreting in a cultural context. Students examine definitions of culture and how identity and cultural orientation contribute to conflict/contact in cross-cultural situations.

INTR 315 - Portfolio Assessment 3 (1 Credit)
In this course students continue developing their professional portfolio with emphasis on evidence in Domain 5 (Professionalism) and a review of evidence in all Domains.

INTR 320 - Interpreting Skills Development 2 (3 credits)
This lecture/lab course engages students in the development of simultaneous interpreting skills, focusing on further development of the dual tasking skills associated with interpreting.

INTR 321 – Consecutive Interpreting Skills Lab I (2 credits)
This lab focuses on the mental processing skills of consecutive interpretation, including visualization, listening and comprehending, shadowing, paraphrasing, abstracting, dual task training and cloze skills.

INTR 322 – Consecutive Interpreting Skills Lab II (2 credits)
Focus is on the application of interpreting skills to a variety of texts involving variables that must be managed by the student as part of the interpreting process.

INTR 323 – Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab I (2 credits)
Continued focus on the application of interpreting skills with increasing difficulty based on the complexity of factors to be managed by the student as part of the interpreting process.

INTR 330 - Observation-Supervision 1 (2 credits)
Coursework examines the settings in which interpreting occurs and engages students in the systematic analysis of factors impacting different settings through the lens of the Demand-Control Schema.

INTR 331 - Observation-Supervision 2 (2 credits)
Students examine interpreting settings and shadow working interpreters for the purpose of further and deeper analysis of factors impacting different settings through the lens of the Demand-Control Schema.

INTR 401 - Professional Decision-Making for Interpreters (3 credits)
This course engages students in an exploration of professional identity and becoming part of a profession, focusing on the application of ethical standards and practices to the profession.

INTR 405 - Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses on supervision of interpreting systems. Students examine core skills shared by supervisors and analyze strategies that promote effective communication and resolve conflict in the workplace.

INTR 406 - Leadership in Interpreting (3 credits)
This course introduces the major theories and concepts of leadership and their application to the field of interpreting and explores the link between leadership, ethics, and values.

INTR 415 – Portfolio Assessment 4 (1 credit)
In this course students complete and submit a capstone Entry-to-Practice Competencies Portfolio for summative evaluation.

INTR 425 - Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab II (2 credits)
Continued focus on the application of interpreting skills with increasing difficulty based on the complexity of factors to be managed by the student as part of the interpreting process.

INTR 426 – Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab III (2 credits)
This lab continues the application of interpreting skills with increasing difficulty based on the complexity of factors to be managed by the student as part of the interpreting process.

INTR 492 - Internship for Interpreters (3 credits)
Students will work within a range of interpreting settings, such as educational, social services, personal business, health care and civic/recreational under the supervision of a certified mentor.

Educational Interpreting Emphasis

INTR 430 - Interpreting in K-12 (3 credits)
This course introduces students to interpreting in the K-12 setting and provides an overview of public education and deaf education practices in the United States.

INTR 431 – K-12 Classroom Environment (3 credits)
This course focuses on the items that affect a deaf child's education in the classroom including curriculum, standards, learning activities, language skills, learning styles, and accessibility.

INTR 432 – K-12 Interpreting skills Development I  (3 credits)
This lab course includes a range of skill development activities that increase interpreting competence in various K-12 settings.

INTR 433 - K-12 Communication Assessment (3 credits)
This course investigates languages and communication modes used in public school settings, with a focus on those used by deaf students.

INTR 434 – K-12 Interpreting Skills Development II (3 credits)
This lab continues the skills development accomplished in INTR 432. Students engage in a range of skills development activities that increase interpreting competence in various K-12 settings.

INTR 405 - Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses on supervision of interpreting systems. Students examine core skills shared by supervisors and analyze strategies that promote effective communication and resolve conflict in the workplace.
OR
INTR 406 - Leadership in Interpreting (3 credits)
This course introduces the major theories and concepts of leadership and their application to the field of interpreting and explores the link between leadership, ethics, and values.

Community Interpreting Emphasis

INTR 440 - Introduction to Community Interpreting (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the nature and structure of interpreting within the general community, with particular attention to the work of freelance or agency-based interpreters.

INTR 441 - Community Interpreting Skill Development 1 (3 credits)
This skills course focuses on community-based interpreting. Students engage in a range of skill development activities that increase interpreting competence in social service, employment, and medical settings.

INTR 442 - Community Interpreting Skill Development 2 (3 credits)
Students engage in a range of skill development activities that increase interpreting competence in mental health, vocational rehabilitation, recreational, and performing arts settings.

INTR 443 - Interpreting Via Distance Technologies (3 credits)
Students will engage in range of skill development activities that increase interpreting competence as applied and delivered through distance technologies.

INTR 405 - Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses on supervision of interpreting systems. Students examine core skills shared by supervisors and analyze strategies that promote effective communication and resolve conflict in the workplace.

INTR 406 - Leadership in Interpreting (3 credits)
This course introduces the major theories and concepts of leadership and their application to the field of interpreting and explores the link between leadership, ethics, and values.

Legal Interpreting Emphasis

INTR 480 - Overview of Interpreting in the American Judicial System (4 Credits)
This course introduces students to the American Judicial System including the scope and jurisdiction of federal and state courts and an overview of the civil and criminal court process.

INTR 481 - Civil Litigation (3 credits)
This course provides students with a foundation in civil law, procedure and systems and the application to the work of ASL-English interpreters.

INTR 482 - Criminal Law (4 Credits)
This course examines criminal law and procedure and the implications of criminal procedure and legal language on the interpreting process.

INTR 483 - Internship: Skills Development for Legal Interpreters (4 credits)
This course provides the student with a firm foundation in the tasks of interpreting legal texts and guides the practicum experience.

INTR 405 - Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses on supervision of interpreting systems. Students examine core skills shared by supervisors and analyze strategies that promote effective communication and resolve conflict in the workplace.
OR
INTR 406 - Leadership in Interpreting (3 credits)
This course introduces the major theories and concepts of leadership and their application to the field of interpreting and explores the link between leadership, ethics, and values.