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About This Course

This course is an introduction to signed language (SL) interpreting theory and bidirectional (ASL-to-English and English-to-ASL) interpreting between Deaf and nondeaf people. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe the language interpretation and signed language interpreting professions including their histories and evolution
  2. describe and understand external and internal physical, psychological, and ethical (including the ramifications and evolution of the RID’s Code of Professional Conduct) influences on SL interpreters
  3. understand cognitive and other current models of interpreting (Schein, Stewart & Cartwright; Cokely; Colonomos; McIntire & Sanderson, etc.) used by SL interpreters
  4. understand business practices and future trends of the SL interpreting field
  5. describe the varieties of settings where SL interpreters work
  6. demonstrate ability in gathering and composing research germane to the SL interpreting field
  7. understand basic concepts and skills required to accurately interpret simple texts from English to ASL and from ASL to English

In addition, this course will help prepare candidates to take the Utah State and/or RID NIC written examination.

Looking for a class where you begin producing interpreting work? Try ASL3350: Consecutive Interpreting.


What others have said about this course:

“...I learn more just from watching [the] lecture. He knows his stuff.”

“...Uses good interactive examples in class to demonstrate concepts that were originally harder to understand. Awesome signer. Very clear. Lots of experience in interpreting...”

“...He actually knows what he’s talking about...”

“...Always willing to stop and deepen a discussion as needed...leaves space for student involvement.”

“...I love this class and learning so much!...very visual in his teaching, which helps me, and is knowledgeable about the subject.”

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