ASL Interpreter Training Program
The ASL Interpreting Program is a two-year comprehensive program designed to award students with an AA Degree in ASL Interpreting. The AA degree will equip students with the necessary skills for entry-level positions within the field of interpreting.
What does an ASL Interpreter do?
An American Sign Language Interpreter serves as a communication link between deaf/hard of hearing individuals and individuals who can hear.
ASL Interpreters must be proficient in two languages: American Sign Language & English.
Students with an American Sign Language Interpreting degree will develop the following competencies:
- Advanced American Sign Language skills
- 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
- Knowledge of the Code of Ethics for interpreters
- Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of Interpreting
- Knowledge of Deaf culture
- Knowledge of Interpreting techniques
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The College of the Canyons American Sign Language Club strives to connect the Deaf and hearing worlds by creating awareness of the uniqueness of both distinct cultures. The ASL Club also creates opportunities for Deaf and hearing individuals to connect in fun and meaningful activities.