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About This Course

This course is an continuation of the process, skills, and theory required to produce spoken-English to signed and signed-to-spoken English language interpretations between Deaf and nondeaf people. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate and self-monitor basic abilities required to create language interpretations of rehearsed and/or spontaneous texts:
    • understand how principles of the Demand-Control Schema (DC-S) can undergird ethical and best-practice interpreting decisions
    • increase competent usage of spoken English as source (sL) and target language (tL)
    • describe and apply the cognitive tasks of pegging, chunking, linking, and monitoring to understand a discourse
    • understand how dual-tasking and cognitive load theory impacts spoken language interpretation
    • incorporate practical applications of non-judgemental language (Colonomos, Witter-Merrithew, et al.) in personal and colleague work product
    • incorporate more advanced semantic choices and negotiation techniques, working with a variety of audience sizes and types
    • understand and develop practical skills for working in a team dynamic
    • recognize and properly address language difference in various genres (comedy, dramatic, age-appropriate, academic, legal, medical, literary/poetic, religious, entertainment, etc.)
    • developing sets of technical or field-specific signs and applying these to interpretative work
  • identify impacts on and incorporation of semantic choice, register, and ethical behavioral decisions in consecutive interpretations

A significant portion of this course requires self-directed efforts (asychronously working with other teammates) 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.


What others have said about this course:

“...[T]he class is...tailored to the questions being posed in class and the skill level of the individual students.”

“...I really enjoy the safety of the class... when I make mistakes, I don't feel that my pride/ego has been abused.”

“...[T]his class... really changed how I feel about interpreting. I was pushed just the right amount.”

“...I learned a lot about processing and dual-tasking. It was helpful when [we] discussed the process that takes place in our brain while interpreting.”

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