Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 276
Course Title:
ASL Interpreting I
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Course Description

Introduces processing skills needed to interpret specialized topics. Covers how to incorporate different ASL semantic features into interpreting for clear messages from English to ASL in ASL. Prerequisites: Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program and department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Use research and prediction skills to prepare for interpreting a message.
  • Analyze the message for understanding and discuss strategies on how to interpret information in ASL.
  • Demonstrate proficiency by interpreting at least the main points of the source message into complete and grammatically correct sentences with appropriate prosody.
  • Discuss semantic features of signs and use of space in ASL that are appropriate for the various topics.

Course Activities and Design

Activities include use of prediction skills, discussion of various topics, research of the topics before interpreting the message, peer feedback, instructor feedback, readings, and interpreting activities.

Speakers and specialists in interpretation will present information live and on video.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Homework assignments, research, and evaluation on interpreting skill.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course introduces the interpretion of various topics with a Deaf perspective from a Deaf instructor and focuses on:

  • Researching various topics beforehand in order to prepare to interpret the message
  • Technical skill and the importance of prediction before interpreting the message
  • The main points will be interpreted with at least 70 percent or more accuracy
  • The necessity of cohesiveness, appropriate pauses, and complete sentence structure to produce a successful interpretation
  • Effective use of space, semantics, structures, and more in ASL