Seattle Central Community College____________________________________

  Humanities and Social Sciences


Course Syllabus 2013


Course: ITP 217: Professional Entry Preparation

Class Meets: 11:00-1:50  Tuesdays in BE#1148

Prerequisites: ITP 260 passed with a 2.5 GPA or better, or equivalent skills with

    permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

Instructor: Brenda Aron

Office: BE 1123        

Phone: 206-452-5097 VP       



Office Hours: by appointment

Course Description: This course prepares students for entry into the world of professional interpreting. Students will learn about the different kinds of interpreting requirements and regulations of this job including local, state, and federal; accessing referral agencies and networking with future colleagues, the business side of interpreting such as developing business cards, resumes, and invoices. There will be guest presenters. In this class students are expected to complete their graduation portfolio and exit interview with a passing grade.

Student Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Have created an interpreting portfolio which includes your online resume and network connections; resume, business card, contract and invoice etc.
  2. Have created a business card, invoice; contract,professional resume and mock cover letter.
  3. Be able to access on the web information pertinent to the field of interpretation
  4. Be well informed about interpreting opportunities on a local, regional, and national level.
  5. Pass your exit interview including voice to sign and sign to voice final component of your portfolio with a grade of 2.5 or above
  6. Pass your National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written exam

Methods of Instruction:

This course is based on lectures, discussions and demonstrations; we will have guest lecturers; and a final portfolio review.


Required Materials:

1. Current computer lab access & flash/thumb drive

2. Recommended student membership in WSRID


3. The Professional Sign Language Interpreter’s Handbook, 3rd edition

     by Linda Humphreys


Student Assignments:

A.  Business Portfolio: create a business portfolio which should include a

a. business card (5 points), b. invoice (10),  c. resume (15), d. cover letter (10), e. Billing matrix (5), f. work contract (15),  g. Develop an occupational resource notebook (10) and h. create your own online contact information: 1. Online application such as and 2. networking i.e. Linked-In (10) 80 points


B. Graduate Portfolio: Create a portfolio that contains your work online and materials developed for class as part of your graduation. Pass your exit interview which includes answering questions related to knowledge about interpreting and interpreting ethics and complete simultaneous interpretation test with a passing grade. 100 points


C. Outside Activity:


  1. Network with peers and interpreting colleagues by attending a WSRID or RID event &/or attend an event or workshop geared for interpreters at least once this quarter. Write a one page paper or less outlining your experience and a summary of what you have learned. 20 points
  1. Volunteer Interpret in the Community. Provide 10 hours of volunteer interpreting in the community in a variety of situations in addition to your internship to provide you with additional experience. 20 points

2. Culturally Respectful and Professional Behavior:

  1. Attend and participate in class; be prepared and prompt
  2. Use appropriate attire for when interacting in class and in the Deaf community as a volunteer, be professional in your dress, demeanor and hygiene
  3. Work cooperatively with your peers and the instructor and adjust turn-taking as appropriate and sign at all times in class
  4. Be open to constructive feedback & implement suggestions from     instructors
  5. Positively represent the ITP in the lab, to instructors, and staff in the college and to the community at large

Assessment and Grades:

Your grade is based on a) class participation, b) the successful completion of your assignments and final sign to voice and voice to sign with a grade of 2.5 or above.


Absence Policy:


As ASL is a visual language taught with a visual method, class attendance is essential to learning. Any absences can impede a student’s progress. However, some absences are unavoidable. Students who miss one class or less will not have their grade affected.  Students missing more than 1 class period will have 25 points deducted from their final grade. Students missing over 4 classes will have 50 points deducted from their final grade. Students who frequently miss parts of the class may have those hours totaled to count as absences from class.


Students shall be responsible for gathering all notes, materials and information missed during an absence. Any missed in-class assignments may not be made up. Any missed homework or evaluation must be made up at the earliest date.



        80 points for Business portfolio

100 points for Graduate Portfolio

   20 points for Volunteer Interpreting

  40 points for attending an interpreting event/workshop

240 points


Your final grade will be reported as a decimal grade e.g. 3.7. Below is a conversion table, which shows how the points and percentage grades relate to letter and decimal grades.


Points:          Percentage: Letter Grade:   Decimal Points:

220 –198     =        90% + =         A             =            3.5- 4.0

197 –176   =          80%+               =          B             =            2.5 –3.4

175– 154   =          70% +              =          C            =            1.5 - 2.4

153 –92     =          60% +              =          D            =            .5 – 1.4

 91 -- 0        =        50%                =         F           =            0- .4


Note: If you need reasonable accommodations based on a documented disability, have emergency information to share or require special arrangements in case of an emergency evacuation, please make a confidential appointment with me within the first two weeks of class.


Americans with Disabilities Act: If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Disability Support Services at (206) 934-4183  room BE1112. A counselor will coordinate those services.