Sign Language Interpretation - Courses
|Year 1 Required Courses||CREDITS|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Year 2 Required Courses||CREDITS|
|LS||301||ASL 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||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.
|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.
|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.
|This 4 credit course provides students with opportunities for critical reflection of the demands of practicum and students' emerging roles as professionals. The course concludes with a formal professional unveiling presentation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Sign Language Interpretation coursework to date. Co-requisites: LS315 and LS350.|
|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.|