Sign Language Interpreting Program

While classes in American Sign Language are offered each semester and are open to any GPC student, the Sign Language Interpreting Program's interpreting course sequence beings exclusively in the fall of each year. Students wishing to take interpreting courses must complete the following steps:

  1. Admission to Georgia Perimeter College.

  1. Complete English 1101 and 1102 with a "C" or better. These courses can be transferred from any accredited college or university.

  2. Attend a program orientation. The SLIP Orientation is for students who have completed their pre-requisites and are ready to enter the program in Fall term. The next Orientation will be held in the Spring of 2015. If you have questions about the program prior to being ready to enter the program, contact Becky Thurman, administrative secretary, at (678) 891-3600 or by email.

  1. Complete an application to the Sign Language Interpreting Program.

  2. Pass an assessment of spoken English skills. 

  3. Pass an assessment of sign recall and visual-motor integration (the "G.E.A.R.S." test).

  4. Pass an assessment of ASL narrative ability and conversational skills.  Of the three SLIP entrance assessments, this component receives the greatest weight. In an interaction with an advanced ASL communicator, candidates share a short narrative in ASL. Subsequently, questions are asked about the content of the narrative, work, family, home, hobbies, or activities. The interview lasts approximately ten minutes and is video recorded for evaluation. To pass this portion of the entrance process the student must demonstrate a shared conversation, answering the interviewer’s questions with elaboration of at least four or five sentences. The student must demonstrate a good knowledge of everyday vocabulary, and must generally produce signs accurately and understandably.  The student must show some use of ASL grammatical structures, though these may not yet be used consistently or fluently.  The student should not use voice or signed English. This interview should be completed only after attending an orientation session.

Students with skills credentials (certification or assessment from RID/EIPA/QA/SLPI) may be able to exempt the interview portion of the application by submitting their credentials.