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American Sign Language

ASL 1101 - Orientation to Deafness

Study the culture of the American Deaf community. Issues raised include the relationship between language and culture, the history of deaf education, the Deaf President Now revolution and the collective goals and values of the Deaf community. Gain an understanding of the effects of hearing loss by way of basic audiology, speech pathology and the anatomy of the ear. We will also address access to services for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-Blind consumers.

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ASL 1102 - Interpreting Theory & Best Practices

An in-depth examination of the multiple facets that constitute effective interpreting. These include communication theory, cognitive processing skills, cultural adjustments, contextual and situational factors, expansion techniques, controlling legislation and ethics and best practices. Various interpreting settings are examined, with special emphasis on educational interpreting, interpreter licensure and the national interpreting evaluation process.

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ASL 1111 - Beginning American Sign Language I

This course provides a foundation for non-signers to study American Sign Language (ASL) and learn about deaf culture. It includes principles, methods and techniques for communicating with deaf individuals who sign. Focusing on development of receptive and expressive sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, sign vocabulary, syntax, grammar and culture.

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ASL 1112 - Beginning American Sign Language II

Continue to study American Sign Language (ASL) grammatical structure, vocabulary, fingerspelling, use of signing space, conversational regulators and introductory aspects of deaf culture.

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ASL 1228 - Intermediate American Sign Language I

Express abstract concepts in ASL using appropriate grammatical structure, signing space, vocabulary, fingerspelling and nonmanual markers. The course also features continued development of conversational regulators and aspects of deaf culture.

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ASL 1229 - Intermediate American Sign Language II

Expands ability to express abstract concepts in American Sign Language (ASL), further develops vocabulary and receptive and expressive fluency. Read and discuss topics related to deaf culture. Deaf community interaction required.

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ASL 2201 - Interpreting I

An introduction to the theories and models of interpreting, cognitive process techniques, interpreting logistics and strategies, as well as the code of professional conduct and all aspects of confidentiality.

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ASL 2202 - Interpreting II

Students further develop and demonstrate mastery of advanced interpreting principles and techniques. Classroom activities include platform interpreting, team interpreting and application of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Responsibility to a variety of interpreting situations. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

ASL 2203 - Interpreting III

Students will demonstrate proficiency in both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting while executing the necessary techniques, principles, and models to effectively interpret between source and target languages. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

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ASL 2207 - Role of the Interpreter

This course will address how setting, register and preferred language mode of clients impacts the role of the interpreter. During weekly in-class role plays, students will employ interpreting techniques learned in other advanced interpreting courses as well as elements of the Demand-Control Schema.

ASL 2212 - Specialized Interpreting I

A study of interpreting in settings with specialized vocabulary such as medical, technical, and employment. Practice and performance of the vocabulary used in these settings is designed to increase student's comfort and skills for interpreting in these specialized settings. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

ASL 2213 - Specialized Interpreting II

A study of interpreting in legal, mental health, sexuality, and substance abuse settings. The course will focus on the comprehension and sign production of the unique and specialized vocabulary used in these settings. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

ASL 2231 - Advanced American Sign Language I

The first advanced course in the study of American Sign Language (ASL) is an intensive study of the linguistic structure of English and American Sign Language (ASL). Students explore the syntactic similarities and differences between the two languages and learn how to find functional equivalence between the two languages.

ASL 2236 - Transliterating & Signing Modalities

Course includes practice in Signing Exact English II (SEE II), transliterating and various signing modalities used in special settings or by various special populations such as deaf-blind or individual with other disabilities. Students will focus on transliterating signed/spoken English in educational and technical situations and develop specialized vocabulary in areas typically utilizing transliterators.

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ASL 2261 - Practicum I

Students are required to complete 150 hours of socialization in the deaf community, interpreting and observation at an off-campus setting under the supervision of a mentor. Weekly seminar provides opportunities to synthesize on-site experiences with instructor and peers. Two classroom, seven practicum hours per week.

ASL 2262 - Practicum II

Students are required to attend weekly seminar class and complete 150 hours of interpreting/observation and socialization at off-campus settings under the supervision of a mentor(s). Two classroom, seven practicum hours per week.

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ASL 2297 - Special Topics

Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in non-traditional format.

ASL 2300 - Educational Interpreting

This course presents an overview of educational interpreting with a focus on the K-12 setting. Topics include: the role of the educational interpreter, deafness and other disabilities, the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) process and the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Educational Interpreter Guidelines and licensure process.

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