Sign Language Interpretation (SLIP)

2013-14 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Communications Technology Building (CT), Room 219
971-722-4672 (Voice)  503-928-5867 (Videophone)

www.pcc.edu/sign

Career and Program Description

Professional sign language interpreters work in a variety of settings such as education, social service, religion, government, business, performing arts, mental health, medical, legal, video relay and law enforcement. Interpreters may specialize in one area or may work in private practice in a variety of settings. Many of the graduates from this program are hired into entry level positions in educational settings. Currently, the demand for services exceeds the supply of qualified interpreters nationwide.

The program focuses on the acquisition of bi-cultural and bi-lingual abilities and on both interpretation and transliteration skills. Students may retake courses if needed (not for credit), which will assist them in developing exit competencies.

An articulation agreement between PCC and Marylhurst University allows students to apply credits earned in Sign Language Interpretation (SLIP) or Deaf Studies and general education toward a bachelor degree in Human Studies or another discipline at Marylhurst. For more information, contact Marylhurst University.

A transfer agreement between PCC and Portland State University allows students to apply credits earned in Sign Language Interpretation (SLIP) AAS degree or Deaf Studies Certificate toward a bachelor degree in any major at Portland State University. For more information, contact Portland State University.

Degree and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Sign Language Interpretation

Two-Year Certificate

Sign Language Interpretation

One-Year Certificate

Deaf Studies

Prerequisites and Requirements

  1. Submit an application.
  2. Complete WR 121 with a C or better prior to entering the program.
  3. Complete ASL 240 with a C or better prior to entering the program. Students taking any prerequisites classes during the summer prior to enrollment may be tentatively accepted based on their progress in the course at midterm, with final acceptance pending successful completion of the course.
  4. Complete ASL 101, ASL 102, ASL 103, and ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 203 or ASL 150, ASL 151, ASL 250, ASL 251 with a C or better prior to entering the program.
  5. Demonstrate American Sign Language and other basic skill and knowledge competencies through the department-administered assessment given in the spring.

The deadline to complete steps 1-4 above is the last Friday in March. Once step 4 is complete, students will be given a language assessment. Minimum entrance requirements are intermediate level for ASL and superior level for English. Candidates with higher language competencies will be awarded seats before those with lower language competencies.

ASL 240 is a lecture course listed under Sign Language Studies in the college schedule and serves as a prerequisite course.

This is a full-time two year (six term) program for students interested in sign language interpretation as a career. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted annually starting in the fall term. There are five practicum courses which place students in contact with Deaf people, employers and professional interpreters. Students must pass a qualifying exam before being accepted into an internship. Graduation is dependent upon entrance into and successful completion of an internship under the direction of a professional interpreter who acts as a mentor.

Students who require additional time to master interpreting skills may return after completion of second year courses to prepare to enter and complete this internship by re-taking and passing the qualifying exam. SLIP coursework which would assist this development is available to the candidate. These courses must be taken for credit. Please make arrangements with the SLIP Department.

Students must receive passing grades as determined by program policy to maintain student status in the program. Students are required to take either ITP 283 or ITP 284 for graduation from the certificate program or with the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Note: All courses within the SLIP are open to individual professional interpreters and to other professionals working in fields serving Deaf people. This is subject to course availability, class size and program permission based on prerequisite skill and knowledge. Please contact the department chair to discuss the suitability and appropriate placement for the particular professional.

Because interpreters work in a variety of settings, students are encouraged to broaden their general knowledge in a variety of areas. For those planning to work in K-12 or post-secondary education, background in English, writing and literature, history, science, social studies, math and basic computer use is essential. SLIP students may find the following electives helpful: COMM 111 and TA 144.

Students in the Sign Language Interpretation Program who find that interpreting is not an appropriate goal for them, may transfer to the Deaf Studies program. They must complete a separate application packet and explore possible occupations as part of the application process. Coursework for the Deaf Studies certificate closely parallels that of the SLIP, with the omission of some of the hands on interpreting courses. The Deaf Studies certificate does not qualify students to work as interpreters, but may be helpful to those who work with deaf people in a field other than interpreting such as educational paraprofessional, or working in an agency that serves Deaf people. Deaf Studies is a certificate program and does not lead to an associate degree.

Sign Language Interpretation AAS Degree

Minimum 107 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Sign Language Interpretation Degree Credit Summary

ITP91
General Education16
Total Credits107

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
ITP 111American Sign Language I5
ITP 120Fingerspelling I2
ITP 241Deaf Culture4
ITP 270Interpreting Process I6
General Education4
Second Term
ITP 112American Sign Language II5
ITP 180Field Experience2
ITP 230American Sign Language Linguistics I3
ITP 260Interpreting Theory I3
ITP 271Interpreting Process II4
General Education4
Third Term
ITP 113American Sign Language III5
ITP 231American Sign Language Linguistics II3
ITP 272Interpreting Process III4
ITP 276Specialized Discourse I3
ITP 279Mock Interpreting I2
Fourth Term
ITP 211American Sign Language IV4
ITP 262Interpreting Theory III3
ITP 273Interpreting Process IV4
ITP 277Specialized Discourse II3
ITP 281Mock Interpreting II2
Fifth Term
ITP 121Fingerspelling II2
ITP 212American Sign Language V4
ITP 261Interpreting Theory II: K-12 Education3
ITP 274Interpreting Process V4
ITP 283*Interpreting Internship I3
Sixth Term
ITP 242Deaf Culture II2
ITP 263Interpreting Theory IV2
ITP 275Interpreting Process VI: Interpreting for Children4
ITP 284*Interpreting Internship II0
General Education8
 Total Credits: 107

*

Only one internship is required.

Two-Year Certificate

Sign Language Interpretation

One-Year Certificate

Deaf Studies

Sign Language Interpretation Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 91 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements. The Sign Language Interpretation Certificate is a related certificate. All courses are contained in the Sign Language Interpretation AAS Degree.

Sign Language Interpretation Certificate Credit Summary

ITP91
Total Credits91

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
ITP 111American Sign Language I5
ITP 120Fingerspelling I2
ITP 241Deaf Culture4
ITP 270Interpreting Process I6
Second Term
ITP 112American Sign Language II5
ITP 180Field Experience2
ITP 230American Sign Language Linguistics I3
ITP 260Interpreting Theory I3
ITP 271Interpreting Process II4
Third Term
ITP 113American Sign Language III5
ITP 231American Sign Language Linguistics II3
ITP 272Interpreting Process III4
ITP 276Specialized Discourse I3
ITP 279Mock Interpreting I2
Fourth Term
ITP 211American Sign Language IV4
ITP 262Interpreting Theory III3
ITP 273Interpreting Process IV4
ITP 277Specialized Discourse II3
ITP 281Mock Interpreting II2
Fifth Term
ITP 121Fingerspelling II2
ITP 212American Sign Language V4
ITP 261Interpreting Theory II: K-12 Education3
ITP 274Interpreting Process V4
ITP 2831Interpreting Internship I3
Sixth Term
ITP 242Deaf Culture II2
ITP 263Interpreting Theory IV2
ITP 275Interpreting Process VI: Interpreting for Children4
ITP 2841Interpreting Internship II(3)
 Total Credits: 91

 

1

Only one internship (ITP 283 or ITP 284) is required for an interpreting degree or certificate, however, students are strongly encouraged to take both.

 


Deaf Studies One-Year Certificate

Minimum 55 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Deaf Studies Certificate Credit Summary

ITP51
HEC/PSY4
Total Credits55

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
ITP 111American Sign Language I5
ITP 120Fingerspelling I2
ITP 241Deaf Culture4
Second Term
ITP 112American Sign Language II5
ITP 180Field Experience2
ITP 230American Sign Language Linguistics I3
ITP 260Interpreting Theory I3
Third Term
ITP 113American Sign Language III5
ITP 231American Sign Language Linguistics II3
Fourth Term
ITP 211American Sign Language IV4
ITP 262Interpreting Theory III3
HEC 226 or PSY 2151Child Development4
Fifth Term
ITP 121Fingerspelling II2
ITP 212American Sign Language V4
ITP 261Interpreting Theory II: K-12 Education3
ITP 285Deaf Studies Internship3
 Total Credits: 55

 

1

 HEC 226 or PSY 215 can be taken during any terms


   


Courses

ITP 111. American Sign Language I. 5 Credits.

Accelerated course designed for interpreting students. Focuses on grammar features, non-manual behaviors and higher language skill development in ASL. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 112. American Sign Language II. 5 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 111. An accelerated course designed for interpreting students. Focuses on grammar features, non-manual behaviors and higher language skill development in ASL. Includes wide range of topics. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 113. American Sign Language III. 5 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 112. Focuses on additional grammar features, non-manual behaviors, higher language skill development including discourse skill in ASL. Includes wide range of topics. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 120. Fingerspelling I. 2 Credits.

Emphasizes increased fingerspelling skill by incorporation into the context of ASL conversation. Introduces some strategies and proper position when fingerspelling. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program required.

ITP 121. Fingerspelling II. 2 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 120. Emphasizes increased fingerspelling skill by incorporation into the context of ASL conversation in depth. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program required. Prerequisite: ITP 120.

ITP 131. Deaf Culture. 4 Credits.

Studies values, social customs, literature, folklore, language, Deaf - hearing interaction, cross-cultural issues and current perspectives of Deaf-World. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program required. Prerequisite: ASL130.

ITP 180. Field Experience. 2 Credits.

Provides practical experience through observations of professional interpreters. Participation in professional development, Deaf community activities, and contact with Deaf children/adults. Discuss relevant issues through journals and recitation. Criminal background check required. Good standing in Sign Language Interpretation program required. Department permission may be required. Corequisites: ITP 113, ITP 260.

ITP 211. American Sign Language IV. 4 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 113. Focuses on more advanced grammar features, non-manual behaviors, language skill development, register continuum, and discourse skill in ASL. Includes wide range of topics. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 212. American Sign Language V. 4 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 211. Focuses on more advanced grammar features, non-manual behaviors, language skill development, register continuum, and discourse skill in ASL. Includes wide range of topics. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 230. American Sign Language Linguistics I. 3 Credits.

Explores the basic concepts of linguistics as they pertain to ASL structure. Analyzes and discusses phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, use of language, and sociolinguistic structure of ASL. Examines current research. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program and instructor permission required.

ITP 231. American Sign Language Linguistics II. 3 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 230. Analyzes and explores additional phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, variation and historical change of ASL. Analyzes and explores the discourse organization of ASL. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program and instructor permission required. Prerequisite: ITP 230.

ITP 241. Deaf Culture. 4 Credits.

Analyze and discuss the history and culture of Deaf people; the influence of geography, culture, attitudes, and economics on education, employment, and legislation as they relate to Deaf people. Explores patterns of social change during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, focusing on issues of power, oppression and privilege with special attention to current social concepts of Deafhood, Deaf gain, and reframing. Prerequisite: Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program or department permission.

ITP 242. Deaf Culture II. 2 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 241. Analyses and discusses more advanced concepts in cultural, gender, and sociological studies in the Deaf community, including current topics in dual- and multiple-minority perspectives, discussion of the Deaf-Blind experience, advocacy and political action relating to modern Deaf issues. Course is taught in ASL with no interpretation. Prerequisite: Admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

ITP 260. Interpreting Theory I. 3 Credits.

Introduces the profession of sign language interpretation, the role and function of an interpreter, the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics, professionalism, the history of the profession, and the basic theories and practices of interpretation. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program or department permission required.

ITP 261. Interpreting Theory II: K-12 Education. 3 Credits.

Explores the role and functions of interpreters in K-12 classroom. Includes roles and responsibilities of interpreters and other members of the educational team, professionalism, expectations of K-12 interpreters, characteristics of deaf learners, theories of language acquisition, legislation, and technology.

ITP 262. Interpreting Theory III. 3 Credits.

Covers special interpreting settings and consumers, including: oral, deaf-blind, minimal language competency, VRS/VRI, religious, performing arts, social service, medical, mental health and legal. Includes preparation for national certification evaluation.

ITP 263. Interpreting Theory IV. 2 Credits.

Covers business practices, marketing, networking, resources at national, state, and local level. Includes development of business plan, portfolio, and other tools for beginning one's career. Prerequisites: ITP 262.

ITP 270. Interpreting Process I. 6 Credits.

Introduces the interpreting process, beginning with theories of discourse/text analysis and a view of "dynamic equivalency" between source and target languages. Applies principles of text analysis to interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL. Admission to the Sign Language Interpretation Program or department permission required.

ITP 271. Interpreting Process II. 4 Credits.

Continues work on consecutive interpretation from ASL to English and from English to ASL. Department permission may be required. Prerequisite: ITP 270.

ITP 272. Interpreting Process III. 4 Credits.

Continues to develop students' consecutive interpretation skills, and introduces simultaneous interpretation from ASL to English and from English to ASL. Department permission may be required. Prerequisite: ITP 271.

ITP 273. Interpreting Process IV. 4 Credits.

Increases simultaneous ASL to English and English to ASL interpreting skills. Focuses on individual areas of needed skill growth. Includes in-and out-of class interpretation practice sessions. Department permission may be required. Prerequisite: ITP 272.

ITP 274. Interpreting Process V. 4 Credits.

Increases simultaneous ASL to English and English to ASL interpreting skills. Focuses on individual areas of needed skill growth. Includes in-class interpretation of live presenters, specialized topics and group discussions. Department permission may be required. Prerequisite: ITP 273.

ITP 275. Interpreting Process VI: Interpreting for Children. 4 Credits.

Develops interpreting skills specific to working with children in K-12 education. Explores content and activities in K-12 education and adaptation of communication to children's language and cognitive abilities. Includes informal assessment of children's language use and tutoring goals and strategies. Analyzes classrooms for interpretability and explores professional development for educational interpreters. Prerequisite: ITP 274 and ITP 261.

ITP 276. Specialized Discourse I. 3 Credits.

Introduces Deaf guest speakers (live or on videotape) to talk about wide range of specialized topics in ASL. Explores wide range of topics incorporating the skill to know about and discuss in ASL. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program and department permission required.

ITP 277. Specialized Discourse II. 3 Credits.

Continues work of ITP 276. Introduces Deaf guest speakers to talk about wide range of specialized topics in ASL. Explores wide range of topics incorporating the skill to know about an discuss in ASL Admission to Sign Language Interpretation Program and department permission required.

ITP 279. Mock Interpreting I. 2 Credits.

Works with team interpreters to interpret live presenters in class. Applies text analysis to prepare content. Prerequisite: ITP 270. Corequisite: ITP 272.

ITP 281. Mock Interpreting II. 2 Credits.

Practices interpreting in ongoing classroom settings where interpreting services are not needed. Develops simultaneous interpreting skills and stamina. Qualifying exam given at end of course to assess readiness to enter ITP 283. Prerequisite: ITP 271. Corequisite: ITP 273.

ITP 283. Interpreting Internship I. 3 Credits.

Applies interpreting skills in business, agency, or college settings to gain practical experience assuming the role of a professional interpreter in a structured setting with on-going feedback from professional interpreters acting as mentors. Passing the qualifying exam the term prior to enrollment is required.

ITP 284. Interpreting Internship II. 3 Credits.

Applies interpreting skills in educational settings to gain practical experience assuming the role of an educational interpreter in a structured setting with on-going feedback from professional educational interpreters acting as mentors. Passing the qualifying exam the term prior to enrollment or completion of ITP 283 is required.

ITP 285. Deaf Studies Internship. 3 Credits.

Students gain practical experience working under the supervision of onsite mentors in an agency that serves deaf people. Prerequisite: Fifth term standing in the Sign Language Interpretation Program or Deaf Studies Program.