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Sign Language Interpretation


Course Descriptions

ASL 101: American Sign Language I
Pre-requisite: RDG-071 or placement at or above RDG-091 level
This is the beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL). Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are covered. Comprehension and correct production will be emphasized. ASL will be used as the method of instruction. (3 credit hours)

ASL 102: American Sign Language II
Pre-requisite: ASL 101
This course is a continuation of American Sign Language I and builds on the vocabulary and grammatical structures learned in that course. Comprehension and production skills will be emphasized. ASL will be used as the method of instruction. (3 credit hours)

ASL 103: American Sign Language III
Pre-requisite: ASL 102
This course is a continuation of American Sign Language II and builds on the vocabulary, grammatical structures, and advanced comprehension and production skills. ASL will be used as the method of instruction. (3 credit hours)

ASL 104: Introduction to Interpreting
Pre-requisite: ASL 112
The course will introduce the process of interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL. Students will analyze source language (ASL and English) texts and translate them into the target (ASL or English), building to consecutive interpretations of prepared and spontaneous content. Theories of interpretation will be introduced and discussed. (3 credit hours)

ASL 110: Deaf Culture and History
Pre-requisite: None
This course provides an overview of the history, language, education, and culture of persons who are diagnosed as Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Topics covered will include types of hearing loss, history and significant figures in the deaf community, deaf education, legislation, audism, deaf culture, and cultural norms. (3 credit hours)

ASL 112: Intro to Interpreting Professions
Pre-requisite: None
This course provides an introduction to the field of Sign Language Interpreting. Topics include the role and function of the interpreter, legislation and certification of interpreters. Additional topics include an introduction to interpreter ethics, interpreting environments and settings, and the history of the interpreting profession. (3 credit hours)

ASL 114: Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL
Pre-requisite: None
This course will provide students with the tools and practice for successful production and reception of fingerspelling and numbers used in American Sign Language. (3 credit hours)

ASL 120: Ethics for Interpreters
Pre-requisite: ASL 112
This course focuses on the ethical decisions that interpreters make daily in their career. The RID Code of Professional Conduct, Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment Guidelines for Professional Conduct, and Demand Control Schema will be used to analyze and research ethical issues. Students will participate in group discussions and course work to develop problem-solving and ethical decision making skills. (3 credit hours)

ASL 121: Linguistics of ASL
Pre-requisite: ASL 101
This course focuses on the linguistic principles of American Sign Language. Course work will focus on phonemes, morphemes, semantics, pragmatics and other topics to increase understanding of the structure of American Sign Language. (3 credit hours)

ASL 122: Classifiers in ASL
Pre-requisite: ASL 101
This course focuses on the use of classifiers in ASL. Students will analyze, discuss and demonstrate the different categories of classifiers. Production and comprehension of classifiers will be emphasized. (3 credit hours)

ASL 201: Advanced ASL
Pre-requisite: ASL 103
This course completes the series of American Sign Language study begun with ASL 101. The complex aspects of ASL grammar and conversational dynamics will be covered and explored. Comprehension and production will be emphasized and evaluated. ASL will be used as the method of instruction. (3 credit hours)

ASL 202: Intermediate Interpretation
Pre-requisite: ASL 104
This course will build on the skills developed in ASL-104, Introduction to Interpretation, and introduce students to simultaneous interpretation from ASL, to English and English to ASL. Students will work from recorded and live interactions and monologues. (3 credit hours)

ASL 203: ASL to English Interpreting
Pre-requisite: ASL 104
This course focuses on the skills and theory required to receptively process and interpret from ASL to spoken English. Register, vocal tone and expression, word choice and message equivalence will be emphasized. (3 credit hours)

ASL 204: Advanced Interpreting
Pre-requisite: ASL 202
This course concentrates on the continued development of ASL to English and English to ASL interpretation skills. Live mock and recorded interpretations will gradually increase in difficulty as the class progresses. (3 credit hours)

ASL 205: Transliterating
Pre-requisite: None
This course will explore the theory and skills required to transliterate. Course work and practice will focus on producing conceptually accurate American Sign Language in English word order with English mouth morphemes. Live mock and recorded English source material will be used and will gradually increase in difficulty as the class progresses. (3 credit hours)

ASL 206: Interpreting Practicum
Co-requisite: ASL 207 and/or Consent of Instructor
This course is designed to expose students to real-world interpreting experiences under the supervision of a professional interpreter mentor. Class discussion and assignments will focus on the challenges and benefits of working in various settings, ethics and decision-making skills, and business practice. Students will also enroll in ASL-207, Interpreting Seminar, and meet weekly to discuss and plan their off-campus practicum experiences. (4 credit hours)

ASL 207: Interpreting Seminar
Co-requisite: ASL 206 and/or Consent of Instructor
Students will meet to discuss and plan their off-campus practicum experiences in the co-requisite course ASL-206, Interpreting Practicum. (1 credit hour)

ASL 208: Interpreting in Educational Settings
Pre-requisite: ASL 103 and ASL 104
This course will explore the theory and skills required to interpret in a K-12 educational setting. Course work and practice will focus on ethical dilemmas and decision making in a K-12 educational interpreting environment. Vocabulary commonly used in educational (K-12) settings will be discussed and practiced. Roles and responsibilities in a K-12 setting will be discussed and analyzed. Child and language development will be covered and discussed. (3 credit hours)

ASL 209: Interpreting in Specialized Settings
Pre-requisite: ASL 103 and ASL 104
This course focuses on interpreting in specialized settings (medical, legal, mental health, video relay, education, religious, etc.) and interpreting for deaf-blind individuals. (3 credit hours)

ASL 210: Advanced Vocabulary for Interpreters
Pre-requisite: ASL 103 and ASL 104
This course focuses on increasing comprehensive and expressive vocabulary. History, cultural forms, idioms, slang, etymology, regional variations in the English language, and continued ASL vocabulary development will be covered in classroom activities and coursework.