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SLIP 1911L

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Interpreting Lab I
Prerequisite(s) Acceptance into Sign Language Interpreting Program
Corequisite(s) SLIP 1911
Catalog Description
This is a skills laboratory to accompany SLIP 1911.  Assignments are designed to reinforce classroom concepts.  Field observation of working interpreters is also included.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to sign an ASL narrative using appropriate sign production, vocabulary, sentence structure and narrative structure.  The component skills include the student being able to:

Sign Production

1. Produce known signs accurately
2. Identify the four parameters (handshape, palm orientation, movement, location) of a given sign
3. Analyze a signed work to identify sign production errors.
ASL Grammar

4. Identify and produce correct ASL sentence structure incorporating:
a. Conditional and When clauses
b. Verb modulation to express temporal aspects of frequency and duration
c. Appropriate non-manual components:
(1) Eye movements, eye gaze
(2) Mouth movement
(3) Head movement
d. Classifier used as:
(1) Pronouns
(2) Verbs
(3) Descriptors: size, shape, depth, texture
e. Distributional aspect of verbs
f. Pluralization


5. Recognize unfamiliar vocabulary and determine semantic equivalent
6. Use expanded vocabulary which is conceptually accurate
7. Recognize and use common fingerspelled loans signs

Comprehension Skills

8. After viewing a narrative in ASL, students will demonstrate comprehension by summarizing or paraphrasing the narrative or by answering questions.
9. Participate in ASL conversations
10. Identify grammatical structures in ASL narrative

General Education Outcomes
1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
a. Students learn to communicate more effectively with people who use American Sign Language as their native language.
b. Students develop strategies for communicating with people whose native language is different from their own.
c. Students develop a greater understanding of their own language and communication styles.
2. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to cultural diversity as follows:
a. Students learn about the culture of people who are Deaf.
b. Students learn about their own culture by comparing and contrasting it to Deaf culture.
c. Students recognize that cultures and languages may be different without being “lesser than.”
3. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to academic preparation as follows:
a. Students learn language skills they can use to communicate better at their present job, and enhance their workplace skills.
b. Students explore other career programs related to American Sign Language and deafness.

Course Content
This course is taught predominantly in the language of ASL without the use of voice.

1. ASL Grammar
a. Clauses and conditionals
b. Verb modulation for temporal aspect
c. Classifiers
d. Distributional aspect
e. Non-manual markers

2. Skills Development
a. Sign production
b. ASL vocabulary
c. Conversational strategies
d. Comprehension

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade

The course grade will be determined by the individual instructors using a variety of evaluation methods.  Prepared recordings, lab attendance, projects and reports may determine knowledge of course content.


Interpreting Lab I is offered once a year. At the end of the course, students will fill out a survey regarding course content. The faculty will review the course and make recommended revisions based on student feedback, direct experience, and trends in teaching ASL. The faculty teaching the course will prepare a short summary stating which educational outcomes were and were not achieved and recommending changes for future classes


After each course, instructors will review materials, student surveys, grades and grading procedure and make recommendations for modification the following year.  Those recommendations and the other data will be kept on file.  Every three years, a faculty committee will review the course. They will review the syllabus, the current literature, materials and samples of student work. A report included in the program review.

Last Revised: Mar. 25, 2009
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