Sign Language Interpretation

Am I right for this program?

A love for American Sign Language (ALS) and working with others doesn't necessarily mean sign language interpreting should be their career choice.

While both are necessary to be an interpreter, the program and the work of interpreting require much more.

Ideally, candidates for this program will have, or be willing to develop these skills:
  • Strong command of written and spoken English
  • Strong command of ASL
  • The ability to maintain strong professional boundaries
  • Independent and critical thinking skills
  • Social proficiency in both hearing and Deaf culture
  • An open mind - the willingness to withhold judgment
  • High levels of emotional maturity
  • Willingness to consistently assess one’s values, attitudes and behaviours
  • A strong work ethic
  • A passion for life-long learning

While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, it highlights some of the skills most critical to student and professional success. If you have any questions about your suitability for the program, or the work of an interpreter, please contact the program facilitator, Jody Morrison at jody.morrison@lakelandcollege.ca, to arrange a time to speak


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