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About This Course

This course is an introduction to the process and skills required to produce bidirectional English-bound signing-to-spoken English language transliterations between Deaf and nondeaf people. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate they can:

  1. incorporate practical applications of non-judgmental language (Colonomos, Witter-Merrithew, et al.) in evaluating personal and colleague work product (professionally talk about our work)
  2. from critical reading of published field-related literature, synthesize a definition of transliteration in the signed language interpreting profession (define transliteration)
  3. though these readings and class discussion, identify various historical perspectives about the development of transliteration in the signed language interpreting profession (understand transliteration’s genesis, application, and benefit)
  4. identify and incorporate a best-practice taxonomy of personal and skill-based competencies and processes required to produce signed-to-spoken language and spoken language-to-signed transliterations, including a review of demand-control schema (DC-S)-based choices in the transliteration process (identify what skills are required)
  5. demonstrate and self-monitor abilities required to produce equivalent sign-to-spoken language transliterations of rehearsed and/or spontaneous texts (produce equivalent work):
    • demonstrate equivalent and professional usage of spoken English in target language (tL) transliterations (signed language-to-voice)
    • demonstrate competent and professional usage of various English-bound signed languages and manual codes (MCEs) in target language (tL) transliterations (voice-to-signed language)
    • recognize and produce equivalent transliterations given variations in features and parts of message (register, tone, affect, voice, power/less language)
    • understand and develop practical skills for working in a team dynamic (working with colleagues)
    • recognize and properly address transliteration difference in various genres (comedy, dramatic, educational, age-appropriate, academic, narrative, legal, medical, literary/poetic, religious, entertainment, etc.
    • identify impacts on and incorporation of semantic choice, register, and ethical behavioral decisions in transliterations

A significant portion of this course requires self-directed efforts (a/sychronously working with other colleagues) and fairly good command of web-based technologies and learning environments (video creation, salient discussion and reporting skills; we’ll discuss this more in class).

This course requires a one-hour per week lab criteria; students should expect to spend at least an hour a week on skill-building exercises in a language laboratory setting.


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Published Course Description and Prerequisites

In keeping with a January 2016 request from the University’s Department of Languages and Cultures, the original course description and prerequisites are listed below. The learning objectives at left/above on this site/page are expansions and clarifications of the original expectations:

“Prerequisite: [Completion of] ASL3310 and University Advanced Standing. 3:3:1 [three semester credits; three weekly contact hours and one lab hour]. Introduces students to skills and processes required to produce conceptually accurate and linguistically appropriate messages using ASL signs in an English word order. Develops cognitive, semantic, and dual tasking abilities required to interpret spontaneous texts. Teaches and incorporates more advanced semantic choices and negotiation techniques, work with a variety of audience sizes and types. Helps students better understand how ethics impact behavioral decisions and interpretations. Gives more consideration to developing sets of technical or field-specific signs and applying these to interpretative work. Includes one-hour per week lab. Lab access fee of $10 applies.
“Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
  • In real time, analyze and begin encoding source language for production in the target language.
  • With correct pronunciation, conceptual accuracy, and, using the culture of the source language as a driver, accurately express messages in the target linguistic order in a smooth and comprehensible fashion.
  • Have a greater understanding of the impact of physical and psychological factors on the interpreting interaction.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the impact of the Code of Ethics on interpreting decisions.
  • Accurately receive and comprehend more advanced messages.
  • Demonstrate command of a sizeable lexicon of technical and field-specific terms.”