Sign Language Studies (SLS)

2014-15 Edition

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

Description

American Sign Language (ASL) is the signed language used by Deaf people in the United States and parts of Canada. ASL courses are offered for General Education credits as a modern language for students earning an associate degree from PCC, and 200-level core courses satisfy the language requirement for the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT).

With the exception of ASL 240, American Sign Language is used in classes; no spoken English is used. This method involves students in conversation using ASL and prepares them to function comfortably in a variety of situations in the Deaf community. Completion of ASL courses does not qualify a student to perform interpreting services. Interpreting requires formal training. Students who are interested in interpreting as a career, please see the catalog description under Sign Language Interpretation and the Sign Language Interpretation Admissions Page.

In addition to the certificate and degree offered in Sign Language Interpretation, PCC also offers a certificate in Deaf Studies. The prerequisites for both of these programs are 24 credits of ASL courses and ASL 240 (History of the Deaf Community in America). Those students who have learned some ASL before coming to PCC can request an ASL skills assessment interview to be placed in the appropriate level ASL course.

All students who enroll in American Sign Language classes, including those on the waiting list, are expected to attend the first class session, when material essential for successful completion of the course will be presented. Students who do not attend the first class session may be replaced by those who do attend. Students who have previously studied sign language elsewhere or who are returning to study ASL after more than a six month absence must make an appointment for a placement interview by calling the above phone number.

There are no prerequisites for entry into the first term of American Sign Language. However, students should read the course descriptions for the prerequisites for other American Sign Language courses to determine their eligibility. ASL core courses are offered in both regular and accelerated formats. The regular courses are four credits per term, while the accelerated courses are six credits per term. Students can switch from regular to accelerated courses (or the reverse) between the 100 level and the 200 level, but not within one level.

American Sign Language

ASL 101. First Year American Sign Language I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to ASL stressing the development of expressive skill, receptive skill, and cultural awareness through a communication approach. Primary emphasis on the student's active use of the language. Emphasizes active conversational competence in ASL. Includes visual readiness skills, vocabulary, culture and grammar used for meeting communication needs. Proficiency target level: Novice high. For beginners. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS.

ASL 102. First Year American Sign Language II. 4 Credits.

Continues work of ASL 101, further developing all skills. Primary emphasis on the student's active communication in ASL. Includes grammar and culture information. Proficiency target level: Intermediate low. Prerequisite: ASL 101 or ASL 150 or Sign Language Proficiency Interview through Sign Language Interpretation Program (call SLIP office for an appointment). Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; proficiency interview within one term. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS.

ASL 103. First Year American Sign Language III. 4 Credits.

Continues work of ASL 102, further developing all skills. Primary emphasis on the student's active communication in ASL. Includes grammar and culture information. Proficiency target level: Intermediate low. Prerequisite: ASL 102 or Sign Language Proficiency Interview through Sign Language Interpretation Program (call SLIP office for an appointment). Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; proficiency interview within one term. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS.

ASL 150. Accelerated American Sign Language. 6 Credits.

For beginners. Covers the material of ASL 101 and half of ASL 102 in an accelerated format. Emphasizes active conversational competence in ASL. Includes visual readiness skills, vocabulary, culture and grammar used for meeting communication needs. Recommended to the highly motivated student. Proficiency target level: Intermediate low. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS.

ASL 151. Accelerated American Sign Language. 6 Credits.

Covers the material of half of ASL 102 and ASL 103 in an accelerated format. Emphasizes active communication in ASL. Proficiency target level: Intermediate mid. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 102 or ASL 150. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; proficiency interview within one term. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS.

ASL 201. Second Year American Sign Language IV. 4 Credits.

First term of a three-term sequence that continues the work of first year ASL. Reviewing, expanding, and perfecting expressive skill, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Proficiency target level: Intermediate High. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 103 or ASL 151. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; and Sign Language Proficiency Interview within one term.

ASL 202. Second Year American Sign Language V. 4 Credits.

Second term of a three-term sequence that continues the work of ASL 201. Continues reviewing, expanding, and perfecting expressive skill, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Proficiency target level: Advanced Low. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 201 or ASL 250. Prerequisite course must have been completed with one year of class enrollment; Sign Language Proficiency interview within one term.

ASL 203. Second Year American Sign Language VI. 4 Credits.

Third term of a three-term sequence that continues the work of ASL 202. Emphasizes active communication in ASL. Emphasizes ASL narratives, ASL storytelling, and other topics. Proficiency target level: Advanced Mid. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or ASL 250. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; and Sign Language Proficiency Interview within one term.

ASL 210. American Sign Language Literature. 4 Credits.

Emphasizes skills for generation of ASL literature including: ASL narratives, ASL storytelling, ASL poetry, ASL artistry, and other topics. Proficiency target level: Advanced/High. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or ASL 250. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; and Sign Language Proficiency Interview within one term.

ASL 240. History of the Deaf Community in America. 4 Credits.

Introduces pathological and cultural perspectives of Deaf people and their community, Deaf history and organizations; Deaf people's involvement in and access to the arts, and perspectives on education. Covers services, employment, legislation, special technology, communication systems and attitudes toward languages and their impact on the Deaf community. Introduces basic terminology and explains the difference between signers and interpreters. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B.

ASL 250. Accelerated American Sign Language. 6 Credits.

First term of a two-term sequence that covers the material of ASL 201 and half of ASL 202 to continue the work of first year ASL in an accelerated format. Reviewing, expanding, and perfecting expressive skill, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Proficiency target level: Intermediate High. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 103 or ASL 151. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; and Sign Language Proficiency Interview within one term.

ASL 251. Accelerated American Sign Language. 6 Credits.

Second term of a two-term sequence that covers the material of half of ASL 202 and ASL 203 to continue the work of ASL 250 in an accelerated format. Emphasizes active communication in ASL. Emphasizes ASL narratives, ASL storytelling, and other topics. Proficiency target level Advanced Mid. Sign Language Proficiency Interview may be required. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or ASL 250. Prerequisite course must have been completed within one year of class enrollment; and Sign Language Proficiency Interview within one term.

ASL 260. Introduction to Interpreting. 3 Credits.

Introduces sign language interpreting as a profession. Includes the roles and functions of interpreters; employment options; and an analysis of the demands and rewards of the career path. Covers fundamental pre-interpreting skills and reviews linguistic and grammatical principles and conventions; explores strategies for developing ASL and English vocabulary and skills for effective communication. Prerequisite: ASL 103 or ASL 151, or equivalent.

ASL 265. Fingerspelling and Numbers for ASL Students. 2 Credits.

Develops fundamental expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills for the intermediate signer. Presents rules for ASL fingerspelling and number production in context. Improves ability to comprehend fingerspelling. Develops cloze skills (filling in missed letters by using contextual clues and background knowledge), and continues development of letter and number production as begun in core ASL courses. Prerequisites: ASL 201 or ASL 250.

Sign Language Interpretation

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: ASL 130.

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 265. Interpreting Theory I. 3 Credits.

Introduces the profession of sign language interpretation, the role and function of the interpreter, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct, basics 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 266. Interpreting Theory II. 3 Credits.

Covers special interpreting settings and practices, including: deaf-blind, VRS/VRI, religious, performing arts, medical, mental health and legal. Outlines qualifications necessary for working in each specific setting. Includes continued discussion of current ethical and professional issues in the field. Prerequisites: ITP 260 or ITP 265.

ITP 267. Interpreting Theory III. 3 Credits.

Explores the role and functions of interpreters in K-12 classrooms. Includes roles and responsibilities of interpreters and other members of the educational team, professionalism, qualifications, expectations of K-12 interpreters, characteristics of deaf learners, theories of language acquisition, legislation, and technology. Includes concepts necessary for preparation for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment knowledge examination. Prerequisites: ITP 262 or ITP 266.

ITP 268. Interpreting Theory IV. 2 Credits.

Covers business practices, marketing, networking, and resources at national, state, and local level. Includes development of business plan, portfolio, certification plan, and other tools for beginning one's career as a professional Sign Language Interpreter. Prerequisites: ITP 261 or ITP 267.

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 skills to know about and 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.