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Interpreter Education Program (IEP)

These are 2013-2014 course descriptions.

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IEP 1100 Introduction to Deaf Community (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the Deaf community, focusing on social, cultural and educational experiences. This course also examines employment, local services available to the Deaf community, and majority culture’s myths and misconceptions of the Deaf community. This class is an Entrance Requirement for admission into the Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree.

Lecture: 3 hours
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1101 Beginning ASL (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

This course utilizes a practical approach to teaching vocabulary, grammar, and culture through conversational experiences. The student is further acclimated to the new modality of this language via classroom experiences conducted without voice. Comprehension skills are given greater attention in this course. Additional information about the Deaf community is introduced via outside readings, class discussion and required cultural experiences outside of class time. This class is an Entrance Requirement for admission into the Interpreter Education Program Associate Degree.

Lecture: 3 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL 1100
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1102 Intermediate ASL (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

This course further acclimates the students to the visual/gestural modality of ASL by teaching intermediate-level language structures used for short presentations and conversations. The course utilizes a practical approach to teaching vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information. Sign production and comprehension skills are given equal attention in this course. Additional information about the Deaf community is introduced via outside readings, class discussions and participation in cultural experiences.

Lecture: 3 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IEP 1101 with minimum grade of “C”
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1103 Advanced ASL (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

As the final course in the three course series, IEP 1103 provides students with opportunities to expand their production and comprehension skills. Communication activities focus on advanced functions of language usage.

Lecture: 3 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IEP 1102; minimum grade of “C”
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1109 Fingerspelling & Numbers (A, SP, SU)

2 credits

This course offers students the opportunity to work on producing and comprehending fingerspelling and numbers. The emphasis of this course is on using fingerspelling and numbers in context. Opportunities are provided for the students to work with videotaped materials as well as live models. This class is an Entrance Requirement for admission into the Interpreter Education Associate Degree Program.

Lecture: 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL 1100
Corequisite: IEP 1101
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1120 Introduction to Interpreting Profession (A)

3 credits

This course provides students with a general overview of the practice profession of interpreting. Students will examine the following topics: the intersections of communication and culture as they impact the work of interpreters, the historical development of the profession, past and present philosophies and practices, and interpreting competencies and responsibilities.

Lecture: 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to IEP through Mandatory Information Session
Corequisites: IEP 1102, IEP 1150
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1150 Linguistics of ASL & English (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

This course offers an introduction to general linguistics, and provides an in-depth analysis of the major grammatical features and structure of ASL, and a comparison of ASL and English structure. Major topics also include language acquisition, language variation, and sociolinguistics. Specific linguistic considerations for interpreters are examined.

Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: IEP 1101; minimum grade of “C”
Corequisite: IEP 1102
Lab fee: $5.00

IEP 1194 Special Topics in Interpreting (On Demand)

1-5 credits

This course is offered for interpreters who are employed, or are pre-practice interpreters, interested in exploring or developing an issue or skill related to the interpreting profession. This course is repeatable up to six hours and fulfills the Technical Elective requirement.

Lecture: 1- 5 hours
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required
Lab fee: $5.00

IEP 1201 Beginning Interpreting (SP)

3 credits

This course is a theoretical and practical “hands-on” approach to the process of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. The student will be actively learning how to identify the message and intent in the source language and convey it accurately into the target language, both ASL and English. Students will apply ASL to English skills to consecutive settings.

Lecture: 3 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 1102, IEP 1120, IEP 1150; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisites: IEP 1103, IEP 1401
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 1294 Special Topics in ASL (On Demand)

1-5 credits

This course is offered for interpreters who are employed, or are pre-practice interpreters, interested in exploring or developing an issue or skill related to ASL. This course is repeatable up to six hours and fulfills the Technical Elective requirement.

Lecture: 1-5 hour(s)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required

IEP 1394 Special Topics in Deaf Studies (On Demand)

1-5 credits

This course is offered for interpreters who are employed, or are pre-practice interpreters, interested in exploring or developing an issue or skill related to Deaf studies. This course is repeatable up to six hours and fulfills the Technical Elective requirement.

Lecture: 1-5 hour(s)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required

IEP 1401 Theoretical Foundations of Interpreting (SP)

3 credits

In this course, the most significant and relevant theoretical approaches to interpreting will be explored and practiced. Specifically, students will consider the social, cultural and linguistic complexities of processing messages within dynamic contexts. They will learn to apply various approaches to discourse analysis to enhance their understanding of these complexities.

Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 1102, IEP 1120, IEP 1150; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisites: IEP 1103, IEP 1201
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2202 Intermediate Interpreting (SU)

3 credits

This course is a continuation of IEP 1201. Students continue the process of actively learning how to identify the intent of the source message for both ASL and English and convey it accurately into the target language, both ASL and English. Students will learn effective teamwork strategies. Students will apply both ASL to English and English to ASL skills simultaneously.

Lecture: 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 1201, IEP 1401, IEP 1103; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisites: IEP 2402, IEP 2204
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2203 Advanced Interpreting (A)

3 credits

This course continues to increase student’s knowledge and skills of interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL, both consecutively and simultaneously. Focus will be placed on the assignment environment. The student will also increase his/her knowledge of teamwork. “Real world” interpreting assignments will be assigned without prior practice.

Lecture: 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 2202, IEP 2402, IEP 2204; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisite: IEP 2403
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2204 ASL to English Interpreting (SU)

3 credits

This course provides students with experience in the process of ASL to English interpreting. Students will practice with a variety of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals using different mediums, as well as “live” Deaf individuals to enhance team and solo voicing skills.

Lecture: 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 1103, IEP 1201, IEP 1401
Corequisites: IEP 2202, IEP 2402
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2402 Ethics & Decision Making for Interpreters (SU)

3 credits

This course offers students an opportunity to expand their understanding of decision-making within the field of interpreting. Students explore the demand control schema, interpersonal communication and professional relationships, the RID Code of Professional Conduct, and the understanding of interpreting as a community of reflective practice. Throughout this course, self-reflection, consideration of consequences, and the ability to see issues from multiple perspectives are continually stressed as critical to the decision-making processes of practice professionals.

Lecture: 2 hour - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 1103, IEP 1201, IEP 1401; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisites: IEP 2202, IEP 2204
Lab fee: $5.00

IEP 2403 Educational Interpreting (A)

3 credits

This course provides in-depth information on interpreting in K-12 educational settings. Students will explore the linguistic, psychosocial and cognitive developmental needs of children along with classroom discourse patterns as they impact interpreting practice. During this exploration, they will consider past and present practices associated with interpreter ethics and responsibilities, the role of the interpreter as a member of an educational team, and the importance of establishing working conditions that foster effective interpreting practice. They will also examine school organization, laws, certification, licensure, and other issues that will impact their success as educational interpreters.

Lecture: 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 2202, IEP 2204, IEP 2402; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”
Corequisites: IEP 2203
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2404 Specialized Interpreting (SP)

2 credits

This course allows students to explore context-specific demands that are often unique to particular types of interpreting assignments, specifically VRS settings, medical and mental health settings, artistic settings and working with people who are deaf and blind. Students will learn the requisite skills, knowledge and ethical considerations critical to working effectively in these unique situations.

Lecture: 1 hour - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: IEP 2203, IEP 2403; all courses completed with a minimum grade of “C”
Lab fee: $15.00

IEP 2901 Interpreting Practicum I (A, SP, SU)

3.5 credits

Students participate in a supervised practicum experience of a minimum of 160 hours in a community setting where utilization and practice of the knowledge and skills in the corresponding courses are required. In addition, students participate in a 1.5 hours per week seminar for additional personal/professional support, supervision, feedback and exploration of field-related experiences. The opportunity to enhance/augment knowledge and skills related to specific interpreting settings is available. Adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct is required. This course must be completed with a B or higher to move into IEP 2902. A score of 80% or higher on Entrance Exam for Practicum (EEP) one semester prior to registration of IEP 2901 is required for this course. See advisor for information and assistance.

Seminar: 1.5 hours - Practicum: 14 hours Instructor/advisor permission is required.
Prerequisites: IEP 2202, IEP 2402, IEP 2204; all courses completed with minimum grade of “C”; score of 80% or higher on Entrance Exam for Practicum (EEP) one semester prior to registration
Corequisites: IEP 2203, IEP 2403
Lab fee: $40.00

IEP 2902 Interpreting Practicum II (A, SP, SU)

3.5 credits

Students participate in a supervised practicum experience of a minimum of 160 hours in a community setting where utilization and practice of the knowledge and skills in the corresponding courses are required. In addition, students participate in a 1.5 hours per week seminar for additional personal/professional support, supervision, feedback and exploration of field-related experiences. The opportunity to enhance/augment knowledge and skills related to specific interpreting settings is available. Adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct is required. This course must be completed with a B or higher to satisfy graduation requirement.

Seminar: 1.5 hours - Practicum: 14 hours Instructor/advisor permission is required.
Prerequisites: IEP 2203, IEP 2403; courses completed with minimum grade of “C”; IEP 2901 with minimum grade of “B”
Lab fee: $40.00