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American Sign Language and English Interpreting Courses

INT 242 - Introduction to Interpreting Processes

An introduction to the cognitive processing skills that are components of the complex process of interpretation. Students perform exercises and activities that help develop the ability to translate and consecutively interpret texts in both ASL and English. Students are first introduced to individual processing skills which are later combined in the complex act of interpretation. Major skill areas developed include: visualization, shadowing, listening and comprehension, abstracting, structuring, paraphrasing, dual task, cloze and sight translation. 

Restricted to INTR majors.

INT 255 - Transliterating

Transliteration between spoken and signed English messages, focusing on secondary and postsecondary educational settings. Course work includes analysis and interpretation of the macrostructure and microstructure of academic texts, translating frozen texts and the application of interpreter management strategies frequently used in educational settings. Students work with rehearsed and unrehearsed texts. 

Restricted to INTR majors.

INT 252 - ASL/English Interpreting II

This second interpreting skills course builds upon information and skills learned in INT 251, with a focus on interactive interpretation and application of professional decision-making. Students practice activities that are dialogic and interactive, in which deaf and hearing people interact and communicate with each other. Situational analysis, identification of features of conversational style, application of interpreting coping strategies and analysis of message equivalency will be applied to simulated practices and role plays.

Restricted to INTR majors.

INT 251 - ASL/English Interpreting I

Prepares students for the processing skills needed to interpret between American Sign Language and English. Students learn discourse mapping, a systematic approach for analyzing texts to produce successful, effective interpretations. Students progress from working with familiar to unfamiliar texts, and from translation to consecutive interpreting to simultaneous interpreting. Students also learn to evaluate both their work and the work of others. A field experience in which students shadow working interpreters on the job is a required feature of this course. 

INT 260 - Interpreting in Specialized Settings

This course allows students to learn best practices for interpreting in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, legal, medical, mental health, deaf-blind, Deaf interpreting, performing arts, and vocational rehabilitation. Students will learn the requisite skills, knowledge and ethical considerations critical to working effectively in these unique situations. Field observation to observe working interpreters on the job is a required part of this course.

Restricted to INTR majors.

INT 105 - Introduction to the American Deaf Community

This course provides a framework for understanding cultural and historical perspectives of the deaf community in America. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of in-group attitudes, values and beliefs of deaf people. They will study the American deaf community as a minority group with distinct social, linguistic and political norms. Topics covered include misconceptions in the hearing world about deaf people, in-group perspectives, organizations of and by deaf people, and history of the deaf community from ancient to modern times.

INT 240 - Introduction to the Field of ASL/English Interpreting

Overview of both traditional and contemporary perspectives on interpretation and interpreters. Topics include history of interpreting, cognitive models of the interpreting process, factors influencing the interpreted interaction, settings for employment, professional ethics and the business of interpreting. Interpretation is studied as an intercultural, as well as an inter-lingual, process. Field observation to observe working interpreters on the job is a required part of this course.

Restricted to INTR majors.

INT 106 - American Deaf Culture

The study of the American deaf community and its culture from a sociological and intercultural point of view. Students will explore the meaning of culture, intercultural communication, American deaf and American hearing cultures, attitudes and prejudices toward the deaf community, diversity in deaf culture, communication access, as well as deaf art, literature and folklore. 

Restricted to INTR Majors

INT 297 - Internship in Interpreting

This course offers students supervised practice in ASL/English interpretation in actual work situations. It is the final, integrative course of the ASL/English Interpreting program. Students are placed at a minimum of two different work situations during the semester and must complete a minimum of 120 hours of successful internship experience. At weekly seminars and individual meetings with the instructor, students address topics related to the profession of interpreting, discuss progress and skill development and explore career options.

Restricted to INTR majors.

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