AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Associate in Arts Degree: American Sign Language Interpreting

The American Sign Language Interpreting program is a comprehensive two-year program designed to award students with an Associate in Arts degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. The degree will provide students with transfer opportunities to a four-year college or university as well as equip them with the necessary skills for entry-level positions within the field of interpreting.

Students may take American Sign Language courses to satisfy the General Education language requirement. They may also take the courses for pleasure or practical usage in communication with the deaf community, as well as to prepare for a profession that will require communication competence in the language. Enrollment in the courses will provide students with opportunities to develop their linguistic skills as well as their cultural awareness.

Interpreters work in a variety of settings. These include, but are not limited to: educational, legal, medical, religious, community, theater, rehabilitation, and freelance.

Students with an American Sign Language Interpreting degree will develop the following competencies:

* Advanced American Sign Language skills
* Knowledge of the Code of Ethics for Interpreters
* Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of interpreting
* Knowledge of Deaf Culture
* Knowledge of interpreting techniques
* Interpreting skills (English to ASL)
* Transliterating skills (English to MCE)
* American Sign Language/MCE to English skills
* Cultural bridging techniques
* Idiomatic and specialized vocabulary skills
* Knowledge of specialized settings and applied techniques
* Fingerspelling skills: Expressive and receptive
* Historical knowledge of American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and Interpreting
* Knowledge of the structure of American Sign Language

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as an interpreter.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 38
 

    Units
SIGN-103 American Sign Language III 4.0
SIGN-104 American Sign Language IV 4.0
SIGN-110 American Deaf Culture 3.0
SIGN-112 Interpreting: Principles and Practices 3.0
SIGN-200 Specialized Signs and Settings 3.0
SIGN-201 Interpreting I 3.0
SIGN-202 Transliterating I 3.0
SIGN-203 Sign to English Interpreting/Transliterating I 3.0
SIGN-204 Interpreting II 3.0
SIGN-205 Transliterating II 3.0
SIGN-206 Sign to English Interpreting/Transliterating II 3.0
     
Plus a minimum of three units from the following:  
     
CWE-188SIGN Cooperative Work Experience Education 1.0 - 4.0
     
Recommended Electives:  
     
ENGL-111 Introduction to Linguistics 3.0
SIGN-111 Fingerspelling 2.0
SIGN-113 Creative Uses of Sign 3.0


SIGN 101 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 72.00 hours lecture
A fundamental study of American Sign Language (ASL) whereby students develop expressive and receptive language skills through the learning of basic vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness. Corresponds to the first two years of ASL offered in the high school.


SIGN 102 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 72.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-101.

Continuing study of American Sign Language (ASL) designed to increase the students proficiency in intermediate ASL communication skills with a continued emphasis on comprehension skills, conversational skills, cultural awareness, grammatical features and vocabulary development. Field assignments required.


SIGN 103 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 72.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-102

Continues the study of American Sign Language (ASL) whereby students develop expressive and receptive language skills with an increased emphasis on complex vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness. Field assignments required.


SIGN 104 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 72.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-103

An advanced study of American Sign Language (ASL) whereby students develop expressive and receptive language skills with an emphasis placed on fluency and refinement of complex vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural awareness. Students gain a greater ability to utilize various verb types, temporal markers, adverbial and adjectival structures. Field assignments required.


SIGN 110 AMERICAN DEAF CULTURE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Studies various aspects of American Deaf Culture, including the description of deafness, deaf people, the Deaf community as defined by audiology and/or cultural means, service for and by Deaf people, and culture as reflected in the arts and language of Deaf people. Field assignments required.


SIGN 111 FINGERSPELLING
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-102

Develops basic skills in receptive and expressive fingerspelling. Strongly recommended for prospective teachers, interpreters, and other professionals working with deaf people. Course taught in American Sign Language. Offered pass/no-pass only.


SIGN 112 INTERPRETING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-102

Introduces the field of sign language interpreting including the history of interpreting, models of interpretation, professional standards, code of ethics, interpreter assessments, credentialing, roles and responsibilities.


SIGN 113 CREATIVE USES OF SIGN
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-103

Introduces students to artistic expressions of American Sign Language including poetry, storytelling, play on signs, songs, puns, jokes, handshape stories, and theatrical presentation of signs. Perspective, movement, characterization, form, and technique will be explored.


SIGN 200 SPECIALIZED SIGNS AND SETTINGS
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-104, 110 and 112

Introduces students to specialized signs for vocabulary and specialized terminology presented in a variety of environments including educational, religious, medical, legal, and theatrical . Special settings (deaf-blind, tactile, oral, teaming, and video-relay) will be analyzed and interpreting techniques will be applied.


SIGN 201 INTERPRETING I
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-104, 110 and 112

Introduces the process of consecutive interpreting including skills for analyzing, processing, and interpreting English meaning while conveying it accurately into American Sign Language.


SIGN 202 TRANSLITERATING I
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-104, 110 and 112

Introduces the process of consecutive transliteration, analyzing, processing, and interpreting English meaning while conveying it accurately into a Manually Coded English form.


SIGN 203 SIGN TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING I
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-104, 110 and 112

Introduces the skills required for accurate Sign to English interpreting/transliteration. Takes a theoretical and practical approach to analyzing the process and discussing common techniques and difficulties.


SIGN 204 INTERPRETING II
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-201

Develops advanced, simultaneous interpreting skills, including the skills for analyzing, processing, and interpreting English meaning and conveying it simultaneously into American Sign Language.


SIGN 205 TRANSLITERATING II
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-202

Develops the advanced process of simultaneous transliterating, including skills for analyzing, processing, and interpreting English meaning while conveying it accurately into a Manually Coded English form.


SIGN 206 SIGN TO ENGLISH INTERPRETING/TRANSLITERATING II
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: SIGN-203

Develops the advanced skills and knowledge for accurate simultaneous Sign to English interpretation/transliteration. Takes a theoretical and practical approach to analyzing the process and discussing solutions to common difficulties.


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