Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 273
Course Title:
Interpreting Process IV: Interpreting in Special Settings
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Explores interpreting in special settings. Increases simultaneous ASL to English and English to ASL interpreting skills. Focuses on individual areas of needed skill development. Prerequisites: ITP 272 and admission to the Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Given a specific setting and a source language message, produce a simultaneous interpretation of all the main ideas and some supporting details of the message.

Course Activities and Design

Students will perform simultaneous interpretations on topics common to specific fields of interpreting. Students will discuss and demonstrate best practices for each field of interpreting. Students will continue to practice concentration, anticipation, prediction, use of prior knowledge and knowledge and new information, and memory techniques. Students will continue to learn self-assessment and peer-review techniques to further become aware of patterns in their own skill development.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be evaluated through formal evaluations of ASL-to-English simultaneous interpretations and English-to-ASL simultaneous interpretations. Students will be expected to complete self-assessments of their own work.

Given a source language message, produce an interpretation of all the main ideas and some supporting details of the message. The interpretation must meet the following criteria:

  • Each sentence must be complete and grammatically correct.
  • Each sentence must be equivalent to the presenter's message.
  • All sentences must be congruent in light of the presenter's intent and the message as a whole. (Gish, S. (1993) Practice Guidelines, used by permission)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Simultaneous interpreting in specific settings such as medical, mental health, performance, and higher education.
  • Best practices and policies in specific fields of interpreting.
  • Analysis of context, purpose, purpose and register of both English and ASL messages in a given field of interpretation. 

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 10

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Given a specific setting and a source language message, produce a simultaneous interpretation of all the main ideas and some supporting details of the message.

  • Students will learn how to quantify the accuracy of their interpretation.
  • Students will calculate the percentage of their accuracy in their interpretations of main and supporting points.
  • Students will use their scores to detect patterns in their processing skills.

Communication
Hours: 80

  • Given a specific setting and a source language message, produce a simultaneous interpretation of all the main ideas and some supporting details of the message.

  • Prepare and submit a written self-analysis of their interpretation and their skill development weekly.
  • Develop skills necessary to work in teams during an interpretation.
  • Practice pre-conferencing to negotiate team strategies.
  • Practice communicating and supporting during an interpretation.
  • Practice debriefing in a professional, respectful manner.