Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 180
Course Title:
Field Experience: Applied ASL
Credit Hours:
2
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
40
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Provides practical experience through observations of professional interpreters. Includes participation in professional development, Deaf community activities, and interaction with Deaf children/adults. Explores relevant issues through journals, discussions, and presentations. Required: Criminal background check and good standing in the Sign Language Interpretation program. Prerequisites: Department permission required. Corequisites: ITP 112 and ITP 265.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Discuss perspective, in an open-minded manner, on issues relevant to the field of interpreting and to the Deaf community.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of the role and function of an interpreter to actual interpreter practice.
  • Research and share professional development opportunities in the community.
  • Apply concepts of confidentiality and impartiality to communication about professional interpreting and Deaf-community-related topics.
  • Practice professional adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Discuss experiences in an open-minded, professional manner, keeping all identifying information confidential.
  • Accumulate and document a minimum of 60 hours to complete the field experience.

Course Activities and Design


This course will consist of the following activities:

  • Weekly discussions with instructor about students' experiences, observations, and other relevant issues
  • Guest speakers
  • Observation of a professional interpreter, as arranged by the instructor.
  • Active interaction with Deaf children/adults and/or Deaf/Blind adults, as arranged by the instructor.
  • Attendance at professional meetings and workshops in the field of interpreting.
  • Active participation in the Deaf community through activities of students' choosing, but with instructor approval.
  • Reflection on experiences through weekly journal entries and other assignments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student outcomes will be assessed by the following: 

  • Students must accumulate and document a minimum of 60 hours in order to be awarded a grade.
  • Attendance at assigned observations, and assigned communication growth activities is required.
  • Journal entries and other assignments will be evaluated on completeness of information, thoroughness of analysis, and ability to relate in-class learning to practicum experiences.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course applies the content of previous and concurrent courses such as ITP 241 Deaf Culture I and ITP 111 American Sign Language I. It includes:

  • Continued development of expressive and receptive ASL fluency
  • Development of an understanding of the life experiences of Deaf children and adults
  • Appropriate professional dress and behavior 
  • Appropriate behavior for interacting with culturally Deaf people
  • Interpreting techniques, including placement, language use, and interaction with consumers
  • Awareness of professional organizations and continuing education opportunities.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 18

Accumulate and document a minimum of 60 hours to complete the field experience.

Develop a data spreadsheet and maintain a proper record keeping of hours they have attend in class and outside the class
Students must track and calculate their hours according to specific categories (e.g. interaction, professional development, observation, etc.)

Apply concepts of spatial relationships as they evaluate and perform ASL for example, visually measuring proportions to accurately create meaning during communication transactions.

Submit the data to instructor weekly 

Communication
Hours: 15

  • Discuss perspectives, in an open-minded manner, on issues relevant to the field of interpreting and to the Deaf community.
  • Research and share professional development opportunities in the community.
  • Practice professional adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Discuss experiences in an open-minded, professional manner, keeping all identifying information confidential.

This course will consist of the following activities:

  • Weekly discussions with student to instructor and students to students related to students' experiences, observations.
  • Active interaction with Deaf children/adults and/or Deaf/Blind adults.
  • Active participation in the Deaf community through activities of students' choosing.
  • Self reflection on experiences through weekly journal entries and other assignments.
  • Apply demand control schema (DCS) for conflict management.

Human Relations
Hours: 25

  • Discuss perspectives, in an open-minded manner, on issues relevant to the field of interpreting and to the Deaf community.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of the role and function of an interpreter to actual interpreter practice.
  • Research and share professional development opportunities in the community.
  • Apply concepts of confidentiality and impartiality to communication about interpreting professional and Deaf-community-related topics.
  • Practice professional adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Discuss experiences in an open-minded, professional manner, keeping all identifying information confidential.

This course will consist of the following activities:

  • Weekly discussions with student to instructor and students to students related to students' experiences, observations.
  • Observation of a professional interpreter.
  • Active interaction with Deaf children/adults and/or Deaf/Blind adults.
  • Attendance at professional meetings and workshops in the field of interpreting.
  • Active participation in the Deaf community through activities of students' choosing.
  • Self reflection on experiences through weekly journal entries and other assignments.