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IPP 110: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or ENGL 110 or an equivalent course with a grade of "C" or better

This is a beginning course in American Sign Language. It introduces basic expressive and receptive ASL vocabulary and linguistic principles. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, classifiers, non-manual markers, ASL grammar rules, fingerspelling and numeric concepts, and deaf culture. Students learn and implement approximately twelve hundred ASL vocabulary terms.

IPP 111: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course is a continuation of skills developed in IPP 110 (ASL I). IPP 111 (ASL II) will provide students the opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge of vocabulary; approximately one thousand new signs will be covered. Students will continue to learn grammatical features of American Sign Language. Continued skill building of expressive and receptive Fingerspelling skills are included. Peer and self-assessment skills are emphasized.

IPP 112: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 111, IPP 118, and IPP 121 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course is a continuation of skills developed in IPP 111 (ASL II). IPP 112 (ASL III) seeks to enhance student performance skills in expressive production and reception recognition and comprehension of ASL vocabulary and source messages. It provides a linguistic bridge into interpreting courses by focusing on easily confused signs and specialized sign vocabulary. Progress in the area of expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills is also emphasized.

IPP 115: DEAF CULTURE I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or ENGL 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the deaf community. It introduces the students to the basic essentials of deaf culture. Topics in the course include the history, language, attitudes, norms, behaviors, values, and traditions of deaf people. Students will also gain an awareness of the perspectives between the cultural and medical model of deafness.

IPP 118: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: FINGERSPELLING AND NUMBERING I

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 110, 115, and 120 all with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This is a beginning course in fingerspelling. It introduces basic vocabulary and linguistic principles. Receptive and expressive skills are both emphasized. Topics covered include alphabetic, numeric, lexicalization, history, and preventing Repetitive Motion Injury.

IPP 120: INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETING

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, ENGL 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval.

This course introduces students to the profession of Sign Language interpreting. Topics in the course include: the history and evolution of the profession, the role of the interpreter as defined by the RID Code of Professional Conduct, and a survey of the following topics: state and national laws and policies that affect the interpreter, state and national testing systems for interpreter certification and credentialing: Educational Performance Assessment (EIPA), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Certification System (RID-NIC), and the Illinois Test of English Proficiency-Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (TEP/BEI). Students will survey language modalities used in professional interpreting environments. Students will also observe working interpreters in professional settings. Elements of professionalism will also be discussed.

IPP 121: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL APPLICATIONS OF INTERPRETING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 110, 115, and 120 all with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course will focus on the interpreter's ethical and professional decision-making according to the RID Code of Professional Conduct, the EIPA Code of Ethics, and the Demand-Control Schema as they apply to working situations within the religious, legal, performing arts, mental health, medical, rehabilitation, social services settings. In-depth discussions will assess various interpreting situations and how to implement problem-solving strategies. This course will also present various occupational settings where interpreters work and focus on agencies that provide services to D/deaf and hard of hearing individuals and professional interpreters. Students will continue to observe working interpreters in professional environments. Discussions of professionalism will also be continued in this course.

IPP 210: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 112 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval.

This course is a continuation of skills developed in IPP 112 (ASL III). Students will continue to develop skills with advanced features of ASL grammar. Improved expressive and receptive ASL skills and expressive and receptive fingerspelling are also emphasized.

IPP 211: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE V

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 210, 216, 220, and 230 all with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course is a continuation of skills developed in IPP 210 (ASL IV). IPP 211 (ASL V) will provide students the opportunity to expand their comprehension of medium length stories and narratives. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the deaf community will be examined. Students will be given the opportunity to express self-generated stories, narratives, and dialogues of medium length in American Sign Language.

IPP 216: OCCUPATIONAL INTERPRETING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 112 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course will focus on the nature, and implications of interpreting in the educational, medical, mental health, rehabilitation, social services, business, government, religious, and performing arts settings. Specialized vocabulary from each venue will be demonstrated. Surveys of the following topics will also be included: Deaf-Blind interpreting and basic business practices for freelance interpreters.

IPP 220: INTERPRETING I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 112 a grade of "C" or better and or department approval

This course focuses on the acquisition of the interpreting process and introduces the skills necessary to achieve message equivalency when interpreting spoken English messages into American Sign Language or Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE). It provides in-class, hands-on experiences of source text analysis, simultaneous sign language interpreting/transliterating and peer and self-analysis.

IPP 221: INTERPRETING II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 210, 216, 220, and 230 all with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course is a continuation of IPP 220 and is designed to expand students' skills to achieve message equivalency in simultaneously interpreting spoken English messages into American Sign Language or transliterating into Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE). Students continue to focus on source text analysis and peer and self-analysis. The students will increase skills in sight translation of written texts. Emphasis will be placed on expanding sign vocabulary of various employment settings.

IPP 230: VOICE INTERPRETING I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 112 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course will assist students with the process of taking a signed message and conveying it into spoken English. It will focus on the receptive interpreting process, including voicing techniques and lip-reading skills, while using the correct register and incorporating vocal expression and appropriate word choices.

IPP 231: VOICE INTERPRETING II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 210, 216, 220, and 230 all with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of IPP 230 and will expand student skills with the process of taking a signed message and conveying it into spoken English. It will focus on the receptive interpreting process, including voicing techniques and lip-reading skills, while using the correct register and incorporating vocal expression and appropriate word choices.

IPP 260: INTERPRETING INTERNSHIP

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: IPP 210, 216, 220, and 230 all with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is designed to provide students with practical interpreting experience in real-world settings. Students will complete a minimum of 80 contact hours under the supervision of a professional mentor. Clinical classroom discussions will address ethical and professional challenges faced during internship. Emphasis will be placed on the RID Code of Professional Conduct, the EIPA Code of Ethics, professionalism, complex linguistic tasks, and expanded knowledge of various interpreting settings.