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SIGN 201 - Interpreting I - Brittany Applen

Course:Interpreting I
Professor:Brittany Applen
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome! In this course we are all learners and teachers. Respect for yourself and others is vital for creating a positive learning environment in this class. We must all work together to create a space that is safe for learning and the exploration of language and cultural knowledge. I look forward to working with you all to make this happen. I also look forward to developing portions of this course with you! We will develop the syllabus during the first week of class so that we create this class with your needs and expectations in mind. 

Course Description

SIGN 201 introduces the process of consecutive interpreting including skills for analyzing, processing, and interpreting English meaning while conveying it accurately into American Sign Language.

What to Expect in this Course

This class is interactive in nature and will require you to participate during each class session. There will be 4 modules designed to prepare you for each of the subsequent assessments.  

There will be short lessons, usually led by students, as well as partner work, simulations, and interpreting practice. 

This course teaches Consecutive Interpreting. As such, we will begin with analyzing and interpreting the message from written form.   In the first weeks of class we will look at the written English and discuss how to transcribe the information into ASL (using ASL Glossing and other transcribing tools.) We will slowly work towards Consecutive Interpreting - where the speaker delivers a chunk of information then pauses allowing you time to refer to your notes and render the interpretation. 

Types of Assessments

Your Interpreting skills will be assessed on a regular basis via classroom activities and working with your team/classmates. In addition, there will be 4 assessments that will be graded. You will have practice opportunities prior to the actual assessments so that you are aware of the flow and the process!

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Patrie, Carol J. Effective Interpreting Series: Consecutive Interpreting from English Dawn Sign Press, 2001

Other Relevant Course Information

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Last updated: 10/18/2021 Sub#: 894