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American Sign Language / Interpreter Preparation

Deaf Studies - CCL


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Information may be outdated - please refer to the District Office Curriculum Site for the
most up-to-date requirements for this MCCCD Program.

Major: 5333
First Term: 2009 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 39-45

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Deaf Studies program is designed to provide students with basic sign language skills and an overview of issues related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. It is primarily designed for individuals who are preparing for or are already employed in business, industry, or public service who have daily contact with the general public. This program will not prepare the individual as an interpreter; it will enhance the ability to provide services to many deaf individuals.

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in CRE101 (or equivalent as indicated by assessment, (ENG101 or ENG107), IPP205, SLG120 (if chosen as a Restricted Elective), SLG202, SLG203, and SLG204. Students should work closely with the Program Director on CRE101 decision.

Admission Criteria:

High school diploma, or GED, or equivalent.

Program Prerequisites: None
Required Courses
CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
CWE198AA Career/Work Experience 1
ENG101 First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
IPP205 Introduction to Interpreting 3
IPP207 Ethics and Decision Making for ASL/English Interpreters 2
SLG101 American Sign Language I 4
SLG102 American Sign Language II 4
SLG200 Issues and Resources 3
SLG201 American Sign Language III 4
SLG202 American Sign Language IV 4
SLG203 American Sign Language V 4
SLG204 Comparative Linguistics: ASL/English 3
SLG212 Deaf Culture 3
Restricted Electives
IPP208 Advanced American Sign Language Discourse 4
SLG103 Introduction to the Deaf Community 1
SLG110 Fingerspelling I 2
SLG120 Fingerspelling II 2

Program Competencies

  1. Apply critical reading techniques to a variety of materials and purposes for reading. (CRE101)
  2. Apply critical reading skills to analyze and evaluate, in writing, the components of an author's argument. (CRE101)
  3. Assess one's personality, interests, values, motivation, skills, and priorities as they relate to the world of work. (CWE198AA)
  4. Demonstrate an increased understanding of one’s own field of interest. (CWE198AA)
  5. Analyze specific rhetorical contexts, including circumstance, purpose, topic, audience, and writer, as well as the writing's ethical, political, and cultural implications. (ENG101, ENG107)
  6. Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development appropriate to a specific writing context. (ENG101, ENG107)
  7. Contrast and compare interpreting and communication using American Sign Language. (IPP205)
  8. Identify appropriate credentials for qualified interpreters in various settings. (IPP205)
  9. Analyze physical factors involved in interpreting, such as proximity of interpreter and client, lighting, and background. (IPP205)
  10. Explain how interpreters serve both hearing and deaf persons. (IPP205, SLG200)
  11. Identify the varieties of signing systems and their respective forms/characteristics. (IPP205, SLG203, SLG204)
  12. Apply knowledge of the code of ethics of the National Registry of Interpreters as applied to professional behavior. (IPP205, IPP207)
  13. Apply decision-making techniques within interpreting contexts. (IPP207)
  14. Apply American Sign Language to communicate effectively with deaf persons. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  15. Apply fingerspelling with clarity and smoothness. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  16. Apply grammatical features of American Sign Language to communication activities. (SLG101, SLG102, SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  17. Explain use of communication devices for the Deaf and various other signaling devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (SLG200)
  18. Recognize differences in various educational programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Arizona. (SLG200)
  19. Recognize and use federal laws which have had a major impact to better the quality of life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. (SLG200)
  20. Identify and refer deaf persons to services provided by agencies or non-profit organizations created to meet the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (SLG200)
  21. Compare and contrast differing perspectives held by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and persons who are hearing regarding deafness. (SLG200, SLG212)
  22. Describe the history of the North American Deaf community and American Sign Language (ASL), and explain the cultural importance and impact of ASL in the Deaf culture and ASL’s role within the Deaf community. (SLG200, SLG212)
  23. Communicate to the deaf literal meanings of spoken English nuances and idiomatic expressions. (SLG201, SLG202, SLG203, SLG204)
  24. Apply American Sign Language appropriately with regard to register, setting, and audience. (SLG203)
  25. Recognize and explain differences in nuances in American Sign Language and English. (SLG203, SLG204)
  26. Identify differences and similarities in grammar and syntax, comparing and contrasting American Sign Language and English. (SLG204)
  27. Identify and deal with situations which involve unique issues and needs of deaf persons. (SLG212)
  28. Identify issues of power and oppression by dominant cultures as they relate to the Deaf culture. (SLG212)
  29. Identify cultural values, identity affiliation, group norms, rules of social interactions, and traditions held by members who are culturally Deaf. (SLG212)

View the Course Plan Sequence information for this MCCCD program on the CCTA website.

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available. Please refer to "Your" PC Catalog and Student Handbook OR speak with the Program Director or Department Chairperson.