AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING

Interpreting is a tri-step process of receiving a message in one language, grasping its meaning and intent, and delivering it into another language. This is a simple definition of a complex process that requires a high degree of linguistic, cognitive and technical skills. Interpreters encounter a wide variety of situations ranging from public events to very personal medical and counseling settings.

The American Sign Language Interpreting program at Golden West College is designed to provide students with sign and interpreting skills sufficient for general entry-level employment in the interpreting profession. Emphasis is on the use of American Sign Language, but other forms of signed English are used. The coursework is designed to provide basic information about deafness and other areas of knowledge related to interpreting. It also includes classes for building interpreting skills and supervised interpreting experience.

Our curriculum is aimed at preparing people for general interpreting employment. Specialties such as legal interpreting, interpreting for deaf/blind clients, and religious or artistic interpreting are not covered in detail. Graduates are encouraged to apply for certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, for which the Golden West program has been designed to prepare them.

Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

American Sign Language Interpreting – Associate In Arts Degree

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


American Sign Language Interpreting – Associate In Arts Degree

Orange County and neighboring areas are rich in part-time job opportunities for Sign Language Interpreting.  This program is designed to provide students with sign interpreting skills sufficient for entry-level employment.  Emphasis is on use of American Sign Language.

Career opportunities include:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Operate within a cultural knowledge of the Deaf.
  • Transliterate and interpret between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Interpret between ASL and spoken English.
  • Understand specialized vocabulary and ethical practices that enable the student to function effectively as an interpreter for the Deaf.

Note: Sign G180 – American Sign Language 1 (4 units) and Sign G185 American Sign Language 2 (4 units) or equivalent courses need to be taken prior to starting the certificate program.  They are not counted towards the total units for the certificate.

Required courses

Sign G200 – Deaf Culture – 3 units
Sign G285 – American Sign Language 4 – 4 units
Sign G280 – American Sign Language 3 – 4 units
Interpreting G100 – Introduction to Interpreting – 3 units
Interpreting G130 – Beginning Voice to Sign – 3 units
Interpreting G135 – Advanced Voice to Sign – 3 Units
Interpreting G155 – Beginning Sign to Voice – 3 Units
Interpreting G160 – Advanced Sign to Voice – 3 Units
Interpreting G190 – Situational Interpreting/Practicum – 3 units

Total units: 29 units


Semester at a Glance

Semester 1
Sign G280 American Sign Language 3 – 4 units
Sign G200 Deaf Culture – 3 units
Interpreting G100 Introduction to Interpreting – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Sign G285 American Sign Language 4 – 4 units
Interpreting G130 Beginning Voice to Sign – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Interpreting G155 Beginning Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G135 Advanced Voice to Sign – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Interpreting G160 Advanced Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G190 Situational Interpreting/Practicum – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 29 units
GWC GE, CSU-GE or IGETC: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

American Sign Language Interpreting – Certificate Of Achievement

Prerequisite & Required Courses  | Semester at a Glance


American Sign Language Interpreting – Certificate Of Achievement

Orange County and neighboring areas are rich in part-time job opportunities for Sign Language Interpreting. This program is designed to provide students with sign interpreting skills sufficient for entry-level employment. Emphasis is on use of American Sign Language.

Career opportunities include:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Operate within a cultural knowledge of the Deaf.
  • Transliterate and interpret between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Interpret between ASL and spoken English.
  • Understand specialized vocabulary and ethical practices that enable the student to function effectively as an interpreter for the Deaf.
Prerequisite courses

Sign G180 American Sign Language 1 or equivalent
Sign G185 American Sign Language 2 or equivalent

Required courses

Sign G200 – Deaf Culture – 3 units
Sign G280 – American Sign Language 3 – 4 units
Sign G285 – American Sign Language 4 – 4 units
Interpreting G100 – Introduction to Interpreting – 3 units
Interpreting G130 – Beginning Voice to Sign – 3 units
Interpreting G135 – Advanced Voice to Sign – 3 units
Interpreting G155 – Beginning Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G160 – Advanced Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G190 – Situational Interpreting/Practicum – 3 units
Total units: 29


Semester At A Glance

Semester 1

Sign G280 American Sign Language 3 – 4 units
Sign G200 Deaf Culture – 3 units
Interpreting G100 Introduction to Interpreting – 3 units

Semester 2
Sign G285 American Sign Language 4 – 4 units
Interpreting G130 Beginning Voice to Sign – 3 units

Semester 3
Interpreting G155 Beginning Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G135 Advanced Voice to Sign – 3 units

Semester 4
Interpreting G160 Advanced Sign to Voice – 3 units
Interpreting G190 Situational Interpreting/Practicum – 3 units
Total units: 29

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INTERPRETING G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting
Advisories: Basic knowledge of American Sign Language
This course is designed to provide students with the historical and theoretical knowledge of the interpreting profession. Topics include: The history of interpreting, roles and responsibilities of an interpreter, the Code of Ethics, relevant organizations, interpreter skills and competencies, overview of various settings, terminology, the interaction of American Deaf and Hearing Cultures, business practices and systems of evaluation and certification. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G130 – 3 Units
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Beginning Voice to Sign
Advisories: Sign G280
This course reviews the principles, concepts and theories of interpreting and introduces the processes, skills and techniques of interpreting from English to American Sign Language. Both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting are explored. The student will begin the development of skills required to accurately interpret a spoken message into sign language. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G135 – 3 Units
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Advanced Voice to Sign
Advisories: Interpreting G130
This course enhances the processes, skills and techniques of interpreting from English to American Sign Language. The student will continue to develop skills required to accurately interpret a spoken message into sign language. The concepts of transliterating and interpreting will be reviewed and expanded. Practice will provide the student with the skills necessary to match the interpreting process to the needs of the deaf consumer. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G155 – 3 Units
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Beginning Sign to Voice
(Formerly known as: Basic Sign to Voice)
Advisories: Sign G280
This course introduces the processes, skills and techniques of interpreting from American Sign Language to English. Both consecutive and simultaneous methods of interpreting will be explored. The student will begin the development of skills required to accurately interpret a signed message into English. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G160 – 3 Units
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Advanced Sign to Voice
Advisories: Interpreting G155
This is a course in advanced processes, skills and techniques of interpreting from American Sign Language into oral English. Both consecutive and simultaneous methods of interpreting will be enhanced. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G170 – 3 Units
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Interpreting In Educational Settings
Advisories: Sign G285, Interpreting G135, Interpreting G155
This course emphasizes the role and responsibilities of an interpreter in educational settings including elementary, secondary and post-secondary. Processes of interpreting are examined and implemented in an effort to prepare educational interpreters to be qualified, certified and to satisfy the California state mandates for educational interpreters. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

INTERPRETING G190 – 3 Units
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Specialized Interpreting Situations/Practicum
Advisories: Interpreting G130 or G155
This course examines the role and responsibilities of an interpreter in varied interpreting settings. The practical aspects of interpreting will examined and implemented in an effort to prepare students to work in a wide variety of situations and settings. Students will be given opportunities to explore medical, educational, legal and religious, and theatrical settings. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU. Offered spring semester only.

Interpreters work in rehabilitation, education, state and local government, medical facilities, legal practices and other community services.They may specialize in one area of interpreting such as legal interpreting, interpreting for deaf/blind clients, religious interpreting or artistic interpreting. Orange County and neighboring areas are rich in part-time job opportunities for Sign Language Interpreting.

Career opportunities include:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist

Kimberly A. Pascoe
Professor, Sign Language/Interpreting
B.S., California State Polytechnic University at Pomona; M.A., California State University at Northridge. Further graduate study: Gallaudet University; California State University at Northridge. RID Certified InterpreterCI,CT.
kpascoe@gwc.cccd.edu,

Ron Wilkinson
Instructor, Sign Language/Interpreting
A.A. Golden West College, Interpreting for Deaf People Certificate Golden West College; B.A., California State University Fullerton; further graduate study at Trinity College; Interpreter Certification, American Consortium of Certified Interpreters; Level 5 Certification, ESSE.
rwilkinson@gwc.cccd.edu