Sign Language Interpretation – Diploma – Edmonton

The program runs for 16 consecutive months and includes a 12-week practicum.
Year I Required Courses - 30 Weeks

LS 106 Structure of American Sign Language 3
LS 200 Language Use in Interpreting 4
This course explores how meaning is made and conveyed through language, and differences in the manner in which meaning is constructed and communicated in English and American Sign Language. The linguistic structure of both languages is examined as an introduction to the basic work of a sign language interpreter - the facilitation of meaning between languages. Prerequisites: LS205 and LS225.
LS 202 Discourse Analysis & Translation 4
This course introduces two foundational building blocks of interpreting; discourse analysis of English and American Sign Language texts, and the translation of these texts into another language. Acquisition of analysis and translation skills is the first step in learning to interpret; to assess a source message for meaning and then create an equivalent message in a target language. Co-requisites: LS200 and LS225.
LS 205 Interpersonal Communications 3
This course supports the development of a wide range of interpersonal communication competencies required for successful practice as a signed language interpreter. Topics explored range from initiating and maintaining professional relationships to successful conflict management. This course also explores self awareness as a key component and foundation of effective professional communication.
LS 208 Professional Practices for Interpreters 4
This course examines a variety of current professional practices and expectations in the field of signed language interpreting, including an examination of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) Code of Ethics, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct, and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Guidelines of Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters. Prerequisite: LS205. Co-requisites: LS210, LS216, and LS218.
LS 210 Interpretation I 4
This course practically applies the discourse analysis and translation skills developed in LS202 to the creation of consecutive interpretations of a variety of English to ASL, ASL to English and interactive texts, and supports the initial acquisition of simultaneous interpreting skills. Prerequisites: LS200, LS202, LS225, LS205. Co-requisite: LS218.
LS 214 Deaf Culture and Community Systems 3
LS 216 Developing Relationships 3
This course examines the history of the field of interpreting with a special emphasis on the myriad of complex relationships between the Deaf and Hearing communities that have impacted its development and growth. Topics also explored include membership in various cultures and subcultures, ethnocentrism, and the influence of culture on self-identity. Prerequisite: LS205. Co-requisite: LS208.
LS 218 Demand-Control Schema 4
This course looks at the work of sign language interpreters via Dean and Pollard’s Demand-Control Schema (DC-S). It examines interpreting as an interplay between what specific interpreting situations require, and the application of specific tools, techniques and strategies to mitigate these requirements. This course also explores ethical decision making within the DC-S framework. Prerequisites: LS200, LS202 and LS205. Co-requisites: LS208, LS210, and LS216.
LS 220 Interpreting Intensive 3
Learn how to apply the various models of interpretation to work while building skills in consecutive interpreting with interactive discourse.
LS 225 Advanced ASL 4
This course is a comprehensive study of ASL which provides the student with the language, literacy and critical thinking skills for conversation and interpretation in various settings, professional and non-professional.
LS 250 Observational Practicum 2
This is a two week off-site observational practicum experience designed to offer students an opportunity to shadow professional interpreters in community and educational settings.Students are engaged for a minimum of 10 hours per week, one week in each setting, followed by a 2-3 hour debriefing seminar. P/F. Prerequisites: None.
Year II Required Courses - 30 Weeks

LS 301 Directed Lab 4
This on-site immersion course (45 hours) provides students with opportunities to enhance their interpretation and ASL skills. Students engage in directed lab assignments in immersion settings where they are required to practice their novice interpreting skills in order to understand their weaknesses and seek improvement. Prerequisites: LS205, LS208, LS216, LS210, and LS218. Co-requisites: LS308, LS310, and LS313.
LS 303 Working in Deaf/Blind Settings 3
LS 308 Interpreting in Specialized Settings 4
This class introduces students to interpreting in the following specialized settings: platform, business, K-12, post-secondary, mental health, medical, religious, video relay, remote, deaf-blind and legal. Prerequisites: LS205, LS208, LS216, and LS218. Co-requisites: LS301, LS310, and LS313.
LS 310 Interpretation II 4
This course provides opportunities for students to continue to develop their consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills. Students work with general and technical discourse based texts. Students are required to complete volunteer, community based interpreting hours, and also reflect on and integrate new and prior skills, knowledge and experiences with their emerging professional identity. Prerequisites: LS200, LS202, LS210, and LS218. Co-requisites: LS301, LS308, and LS313.
LS 313 ASL Varieties and Topics 4
This seminar provides students with the opportunity to examine language in use across a number of topics and issues that affect the Deaf community throughout North America, including signed language research and current issues that intersect language and interpreting. Prerequisites: LS106 and LS225. Co-requisites: LS301, LS308, and LS310.
LS 315 Interpretation III 4
This course provides students with opportunities to continue developing their interpretation skills with a variety of discourse genres and frames. Topics include working with the dynamics of small group meetings, interpreting for non-standard ASL, and working with Deaf interpreters. Prerequisites LS210 and LS310. Co-requisites LS319 and LS350.

LS 319 Integration Seminar 4
This blended delivery course provides students with opportunities for critical reflection on the demands of practicum/internship and their emerging roles as professionals. The course culminates with formal presentations upon return from practicum 1 & 2.
LS 350 Internship 6
This is a 12-week, off-site, internship designed to offer an introduction to professional practice in a supervised setting. Students are expected to participate in internship site activities 35 hours per week. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all Year 1 & Year 2/Term 1 coursework. Co-requisites LS315 and LS319.

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