Seattle Central Community College____________________________________

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Course:  ITP 255: Applied Interpreting Experience III Syllabus 2013

Credits: 4

Class:  Thursdays 11 – 11:50 PM Room BE#1148

Prerequisites:  ITP 250 and ITP 260 passed with a 2.5 GPA or better.

Instructor: Brenda Aron

Office:  BE 1123   

Phone:  206-452-5097


Office hours: by appointment


Course Description:

This course is designed to provide a practical application of interpreting skills learned in the classroom.  Students are expected to do externship in observing as well as work as a team interpreter with mentors in interpreting situations.  Observations and feedback from your work are to be kept in journal logs.  You will also be evaluated during the quarter by your mentor.


Instructor Philosophy:

This externship interpreting experience is all about being aware of your choices throughout your interpreting process, and being able to analyze those choices with your mentor and instructors.  You will find that each opportunity is unique and will stretch you and that there are no “black and white” answers, and will give you the opportunity to apply ethics and skills learned in the program.  This externship experience is invaluable as it will allow you to actually apply from practice, to team up with an experienced mentor and to develop the practice to internalize feedback given by your mentor to improve on your skills.


Student Outcomes:


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

1. Interpret successfully in the simultaneous mode about 85% of the time.

2. Interpret successfully in the consecutive mode about 95% of the time. 

3. Carry out with confidence interpreting assignments in the community

4. Increase and maintain your interpreting stamina to about 45 minutes at a time

5. Carry out with confidence 95% of the time teaming techniques and protocols

6. Increase working vocabulary of ASL signs or their idiomatic use and increase your

    English vocabulary by approximately 10 signs per week

7. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze your own process

8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the RID Code of Professional Conduct by applying it to

    your interpreting assignments as needed.

9. Successful completion of your quarter long internship
10. Demonstrate professionalism in your interactions with consumers and colleagues in your internship environment 100% of the time.



Methods of Instruction:

As this course is primarily a ‘field work’ class; during our time together at the school, the instruction will be in the form of large and small group discussions.  Your mentor will observe you to monitor your progress during your internship.


Required Materials:

1. A bound notebook to be used ONLY for this class.

2. Your Student Handbook – specifically, refer to pages 57 – 62.  However, you are responsible for following ALL guidelines, rules, policies and procedures as outlined in the handbook.  If you have any questions about dress code, conduct or policy, the handbook should be your first point of reference.


How Your Internship Works:

Students are matched with a mentor and a work site which they will keep for the entire quarter. This will become your “job” and will be treated as such. Communication regarding hours of ‘employment’ will be done with the site / mentor; if for any reason you can NOT attend to your duties, you MUST CONTACT YOUR MENTOR & THE SITE.  Remember: this is to be treated as your job.




1. 80 hours of internship work. (100 points)


2. Journal: (20 points each x 4 journals = 80 points)

Your journal should summarize your experience at your internship. You may share with your mentor if you wish. It is your responsiblity to submit your journal 4 times during the quarter. You can choose any week to submit your journal.

The 5th will be a summary of your reflections and assessment. Your journal is due on the last day of the week on Fridays before midnight of that week to be accepted for full 20 points. No journals other than your 5th reflection assessment will be accepted after June 7, 2013.


4. LOG of interpreting experience (20 pts)

4. Final Assessment Paper: DUE last day of class

5. Site Mentor Evaluations: 200 points


6. Final panel evaluation:


            On Friday, June 7th, there will be a final test. The structure of this test is a mock job interview. You will be meeting potential employers, experiencing a job interview, showing your work portfolio and then interpreting an interactive video in front of live evaluators. The panel will be composed of D/deaf and hearing practitioners. Remember – this is a ‘job interview’: dress, act and present yourself accordingly. The place and exact time will be told to you as the details are confirmed. (150 points)


Absence Policy:


Attendance is mandatory.  If you are unable to attend, you must inform your partner and the faculty.  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 3 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 assignments or evaluations may not be able to be made up unless there is a good reason for the absence. If there is a good reason then it must be made up at the earliest date.


 Assessment and Grades:

Internship of 80 hours:                                                            80 pts

Site mentor evaluations (2):                                                    200 pts

End of term panel evaluation:                                                 150 pts

Four journals                                                     80 pts

Log: (no partial credit given: “all or nothing”)                            20 pts

Final assessment paper:                                                          20 pts

                                                             TOTAL POSSIBLE:     550 pts



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:

550- 495                    =        90% - 100%            =        A            =             3.5 - 4.0
494–440                    =        80%- 89%               =        B            =            2.6 – 3.4
439-385                     =        70% - 79%              =        C            =             1.5- 2.5
384-330                     =        60%- 69%               =        D            =            0.5 - 1.4
329 - 0                       =        50%- 59%               =        F             =              0 - 0.4


Your grade must remain 2.5 or above to Graduate from the ITP program.  If the grade falls below a 2.5 you are placed on probation and may be asked to leave the program.


If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share with me, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with Disability Support Services BE#1112, Phone: