Sign Language Interpretation – - Alberta School for the Deaf (Edmonton)

Applied Skills

As a signed language interpreter you will constantly be applying your skills and knowledge. If is expected that you will develop linguistic competence in both ASL and English.

Here are some of the applied skills you will get:
  • differences in the linguistic structure of English and ASL
  • how to analyze written, signed and spoken texts
  • communication variations between cultures and how to bridge cultural gaps that affect communication
  • professional behaviours, attitudes and expectations
  • strategies for developing relationships with colleagues and consumers of interpreting services
  • how to manage the multitude of cognitive, emotional and behavioural demands of the work
  • specifics about working in a variety of settings including education and community based settings
  • how to produce accurate and equivalent interpretations, and assess your own work


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