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This postgraduate course promotes the necessary interrelationship of these two elements and the application in planning, delivering and reviewing one's own professional interpreting work. Read more
This postgraduate course promotes the necessary interrelationship of these two elements and the application in planning, delivering and reviewing one's own professional interpreting work. Fundamental to progression within the programme is the development of BSL competence with particular emphasis on the appropriate use of sign to understand and respond to complex information in the workplace. You will develop the advanced level of understanding and fluency required to contribute to high level discussions and explore the appropriate registers and discourse styles for presenting and delivering formal, prepared, technical information.


Key elements of the course focus on promoting understanding and competence required for undertaking the role of a BSL/English interpreter. Training and support strategies will be studied, alongside issues of the values, practices and professionalism of interpreters and their relationship with personnel in allied occupational roles. At this stage, you will also receive initial coaching in skills, strategies and models for interpreting practice.
This is a two-year part-time course for those seeking to attain professional status as British Sign Language/English Interpreters. The course is mapped with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), allowing graduates to register with NRCPD. This course will enable those currently practising to improve their skills and work towards nationally recognised professional and academic qualifications. The course focuses on interpreting skills development including Level four British Sign Language (BSL) tuition.

The taught sessions occur on six two-day blocks a year (one weekend a month, every other month, commenting in January), with accessible coaching and support structures available in between teaching weekends. Students on this programme will benefit from high quality learning opportunities designed for people who wish to maintain their career while engaging in further development of their professional competence. This course offers you a very strong and experienced teaching team, drawing upon leading edge research and conceptual frameworks; innovative teaching practices and materials, including on-line tutor support; plus good staff/ learner ratios aimed at providing an effective learning environment.

Modules:

Year 1

Principles of Sign Language Interpreting
Interpreting as a Profession
Developing BSL Performance

Year 2

Spoken English as a Source and Target Language
From Translation to Simultaneous Interpretation
Interpreting Practicum

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The master of science in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments. Read more

Program overview

The master of science in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments.

Health care interpreters work in various health care settings where hearing people and deaf or hard-of-hearing people need to interact and communicate. Interpreters may assist deaf patients and their families in understanding medical testing, treatments, and diagnoses; facilitate communication for deaf health care professionals with colleagues and patients; and/or provide interpretation for deaf individuals who are enrolled in health care-related degree programs or training courses designed to educate and prepare them for careers in health care-related professions. This unique program also prepares interpreters to work in administrative roles ensuring language access to patients in hospital settings. Successful completion of this program could lead to employment as a sign language health care interpreter and/or a language access coordinator of sign and spoken language interpreting services in one of the most important new fields of health care.

The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Curriculum

Health care interpretation, MS degree, typical course sequence:
First Year
-Professional Seminar (summer)
-Human Body Systems/Diseases I (summer)
-Theories of Translation and Interpretation (summer) 3
-Health Care Practical Interpreting I
-Human Body Systems/Diseases II
-Research Methods
-Health Care Practical Interpreting II
-Health Care Governance and Economics
-Human Resources in Health Care
Second Year
-Health Care Interpreting Within a Diverse Deaf Community (summer)
-Capstone Professional Project or Research Paper (summer)

Other admission requirements

-Submit an ASL interpretation sample (audio/video file or text translation will be provided).
-Submit two letters of reference from individuals who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant's interpreting work.
-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit a completed graduate application.
-Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's educational objectives.
-Provide proof of completion of a course in medical terminology. (This is required after admission to the program is offered. The course must be completed prior to the beginning of the summer session. This $99 self-paced online course is called Language of Medicine.)

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The PGDip in British Sign Language/ English Interpreting and Translation includes theoretically based knowledge of language, linguistics and culture required in order to understand the various client groups’ language choices and interact appropriately with them, and the practical language manipulation skills that are required of competent interpreters. Read more
The PGDip in British Sign Language/ English Interpreting and Translation includes theoretically based knowledge of language, linguistics and culture required in order to understand the various client groups’ language choices and interact appropriately with them, and the practical language manipulation skills that are required of competent interpreters. Successful completion of the PGDip allows students to register with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people (NRCPD)

The course will promote the necessary inter-relationship of these two elements and apply them in strategies for planning, delivering and reviewing your own professional interpreting work. The overall aim of this postgraduate course is to produce practitioners with high order interpreting skills who will be able to interpret between Deaf people whose first or preferred language is BSL and the many hearing people with whom they interact.

Those who successfully complete the PGDip are eligible to apply to the top-up MA.

INDUSTRY LINKS

NRCPD BSL/English Interpreter Register

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Deaf Studies Language laboratory, work based interpreting assignments, classroom based lectures, workshops, seminars eLearn discussions.

Written assignments, BSL Presentations, self-evaluations, PDP, AV interpreting evidence in live and simulated settings.

OPPORTUNITIES

Successful students will be eligible to register and work as Professional British Sign Language interpreters.

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