I am not currently teaching Introduction to Interpreting (ASL3310).

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Course Assignments

Semester Assignments

It is preferred that outlines and bibliographies be submitted electronically through Canvas; if you’re not able to do this, please let me know to make other arrangements.

1. Chapter outlines.

To help you internalize concepts in the text, you’ll be required to compile outlines on chapters 1–10 in the text. (Although a chapter outline is not required, I encourage you to read Chapter 11 as well; the information in the chapter is slightly outdated, but 1) is still relevant to your understanding of the field and 2) may help you with your bibliography assignments below.) These basic yet fairly comprehensive outlines:

  • encourage your readings in the text
  • help you create study guides and highlight specific areas of question for in-class discussions and exam preparation

Except for chapter 1, outlines are due at the beginning of the first class of a new chapter (see class schedule for due dates). Completion of an outline indicates that you have studied the chapter; if you haven’t, don’t turn in an outline. Faked and rushed outlines are easily spotted and greatly undermine the class’s trust. Late outlines will not be accepted.

Tip Need help in writing an outline? Try this simple tutorial or this one.

2. Annotated Bibliographies.

In order to keep current on issues facing the interpreting field, you’ll be required to compile a series of references and resources in connection with an assigned topic. Again, turning in a bibliography indicates that you have actually performed research. If you haven’t done this, don’t turn in a bibliography. Faked work is easily identified, and will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Late bibliographies will be penalized at 10% per day (not class period). See class schedule for due dates and the Writing page (or a sample biblography for requirements and specifications).

Tip Need help in writing an annotated bibliography? APA style? Try the links on the Tips for Writing Papers page.

3. Exams.

There will be three exams during the semester, and one final exam. Each exam will be a written exam, designed to assess your knowledge of concepts discussed in lectures, readings, and handouts. See class schedule for dates.

Due Dates and Missing Exams/Classes

Please adhere to all due dates on your class schedule. Exams are given only on the pre-assigned day. Except for extremely exceptional instances, a make-up exam will not be available. Giving a make-up exam is unfair to those students who have made the effort to complete the exam on time.

Work schedules, out-of-town trips, or dating habits are not valid excuses for missing exams. If you must miss an assignment or exam, please see me before the exam day to discuss your conflict. Final exams cannot be given early or on any other date than what is proscribed by the College. Please don’t ask.

Assignment Breakdown

You may also want to look at what kind of performance is expected on submitted postings, evaluations, and, to a certain extent (at least principally), your lab assignments.

Chapter Outlines 80 points
(10 outlines; 8 pts. each)
Annotated Bibliographies 225 points
(3 bibliographies; 75 pts. each)
Exams 300 points
(3 exams; 100 pts. each)
Final Exam 130 points
Extra Credit (as requested; ask the instructor)
Total* 735 points
* A silent participation and attendance tally will be kept throughout the semester. You control your own final grade; depending on your level of participation, this tally could boost your overall grade (i.e. a B+ to an A-).