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American Sign Language

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Program Description

The study of American Sign Language (ASL) offers students the chance to communicate in and understand another language while familiarizing themselves with the community and culture of the target language group. Students are exposed to a variety of learning situations to increase their understanding of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Audiovisual, computer software, and field trips to deaf culture events are used extensively to help students develop their ASL skills.

The Department of American Sign Language offers an associate degree in Interpreter Preparation to educate Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in the field of interpretation and prepare them for interpreting work in a variety of settings. The student will learn and practice translation, consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, and the sociocultural knowledge needed to serve as a cross-cultural mediator. This degree will provide high quality American Sign Language Instruction, prepare students to become professional interpreters who are competent, ethical, and life-long learners, and promote excellent outreach resources and service to interpreters. The goal is to offer students who are interested in becoming interpreters the ability to earn an Associate degree in Interpreter Preparation. The student may then continue their education receiving a BA/ BS in any field, which will then lead to national certification by RID.

The Department of American Sign Language offers, to those currently holding a BA or BS degree, a certificate in the Interpreter Preparation to educate Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in the field of interpretation and prepare them for interpreting work in a variety of settings. The student will learn and practice translation, consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, and the socio-cultural knowledge needed to serve as a cross-cultural mediator.

Menifee Valley Campus
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)
1-800-452-3335
Leslie C. Greer - Videophone (951) 327-8500
Fax (951) 672-0454
Voice (951) 639-5399