Interpreter (IPP) Courses

Note: For course sequencing reasons, it is NOT recommended that students with a desire to enter the Interpreting Degree program take summer ASL courses.

Note: Required CORE courses could be taken in the summer. For students receiving financial aid, this may not be advisable. Check with financial aid and speak to the ASL/Interpreting Department prior to registering for summer courses.

IPP 111            Introduction to Interpretation 3 credits
Prerequisites: ENG 111
Co-requisites: None

This course provides an orientation to the field of interpreting, interpretation models, cognitive processes associated with interpretation, professional ethical standards, employment opportunities and working conditions. Topics include specialized jargon, code of ethics, theories, interpreter assessments/qualifications and protocol associated with various settings. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the rationale for placement of interpreters and apply ethical standards to a variety of working situations.

IPP 112            Comparative Cultures
3 credits
Prerequisites: ASL 212 and SLPI ASL score of 50 or higher
Co-requisites: None

This course introduces various cultural attributes and how they impact the consumers and the interpreting process. Topics include value systems of Deaf and non-Deaf individuals, enculturation stages, sociolinguistic continuum of language use within the Deaf community and cross-cultural management. Upon completion, students should be able to compare Deaf and non-Deaf cultures and discuss how attitudes impact communication interactions and interpreting.

IPP 152            American Sign Language / English Translation 3 credits
Prerequisites: ASL 212 and SLPI ASL score of 50 or higher
Co-requisites: None

This course provides a study of the component parts of a cultural scheme and the manner in which ASL and English differ. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, discussing and translating basic ASL and English texts. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and apply techniques of cross-cultural communication and translation between Deaf and non-Deaf communities.

IPP 153            Introduction to Discourse Analysis 3 credits
Prerequisites: ASL 212 and SLPI ASL score of 50 or higher
Co-requisites: None

This course introduces discourse types and functions and specialized vocabulary and examines the specific nature of ASL discourse. Emphasis is placed on applying and practicing a model of analysis utilizing specialized vocabulary. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize specialized vocabulary and demonstrate ASL discourse features.

IPP 161            Consecutive Interpreting 5 credits
Prerequisites: IPP 152 and IPP 153
Co-requisites: None

This course introduces the process of ASL/English consecutive interpreting in a variety of interview, meeting and small conference settings. Emphasis is placed on generating equivalent messages between ASL and English. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and apply the principles of the protocol of consecutive interpreting.

IPP 221            Simultaneous Interpreting I 5 credits
Prerequisites: IPP 161
Co-requisites: IPP 240

This course introduces simultaneous ASL/English interpreting through a variety of expository texts originating in group, meeting and conference settings. Emphasis is placed on analyzing expository texts, identifying registers and applying principles of the protocol of interpreting. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the appropriate linguistic and/or cultural adjustments required to generate equivalent messages.

IPP 222            Simultaneous Interpreting II 5 credits
Prerequisites: IPP 221
Co-requisites: None

This course provides additional experience in interpreting a variety of situations which occur during basic expository presentations. Emphasis is placed on interpreting texts which serve an informational, hortatory and/or procedural function. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the appropriate linguistic and cultural adjustments necessary to achieve an equivalent register in the interpretation.

IPP 240            Ethical Standards & Practices 3 credits
Prerequisites: None
Co-requisites: IPP 221

This course develops intellectual and ethical decision making abilities and considers common ethical dilemmas that arise within the interpreting process. Topics include a model of ethical and intellectual development and the application of the model to interpreting practices. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss ethical resolution to various case studies and apply recognized principles of professional behavior to the interpreting process.