Curriculum Guideline

Pre-Interpreting ASL – III

Effective Date:
Course Code
INTR 2375
Pre-Interpreting ASL – III
Sign Language Interpretation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 3 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
90 hours - lecture 15 hours - lab
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Modeling
  • Practice/critique
  • Shadowing language models
Course Description
In this course, students will demonstrate advanced ASL skills and develop skills in recognizing the nuances of ASL in various settings. Students will master techniques supporting proper ASL structure as they apply classroom learning to interactive communications.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • ASL tends to be highly descriptive and detailed as well as narrative in nature.  ASL uses techniques such as three-dimensional space, explaining by example, contrasting, describing-then-doing, reiterating, couching (or nesting) and faceting.
  • Fluent users of ASL structure their discourse according to real-time sequencing and have a diverse semantic range in which classifiers, spatial locatives, directional verbs and affect markers are used to provide specific semantic information.
  • Fluent ASL signers use sign production and inflection, facial grammar, and expression of the emotional components of messages via non-manual signals.
  • Fluent ASL signers use correct grammatical structure and are able to incorporate sign sequencing with visual grammatical markers to communicate in a variety of registers.  They can adapt their language to linguistic rules of various contexts, including special ways of communication with Deaf children and youth.
  • Native users of language provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of ASL and cultural norms of group interaction.
  • Language and culture cannot be separated.  Deaf people rely on ASL narrative to portray themselves and reaffirm their identities as members of a distinct cultural group.  Therefore, literature provides an excellent medium for studying culture and is a vital component of any foreign language study.
  • Social and community events, where native users of a language gather, provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of that language and cultural norms of group interaction.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop ASL vocabulary for specialized and technical settings
  2. Use ASL, in conjunction with other visual techniques in a range of educational and community settings
  3. Reflect a wide range of emotions in ASL discourse
  4. Convey simple and complex descriptions of objects and actions in grammatically correct ASL.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Attendance and participation          
  • Videotaped assignments
  • Written assignments

This is a letter graded course.

Textbook Materials



INTR 1275 with a B or better

Which Prerequisite