American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in America. ASL is a visual-gestural-kinesthetic language used by members of the deaf community in North America and in varying degrees in many other locations. ASL is not based on spoken English. It has its own grammar, idioms, historical contexts and cultural nuances. Through participation in these courses, students develop the necessary manual communication skills to establish connections and work or interact with people who are deaf. Upon completion of the three courses, participants will be able to:
These courses are being offered in cooperation with the Sacramento State Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology.
The ASL courses enable participants to:
These courses are geared toward:
While extensive additional training would be required to test for interpreter certification, these courses will help participants prepare for more advanced levels of ASL training. Sign language interpreting requires the ability to pay attention to and understand what is communicated in both spoken English and signed ASL, and to clearly express thoughts and ideas. Strong research and analytical skills, mental dexterity and an exceptional memory also are important. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase by more than 36% between 2002 and 2012. Urban areas, especially those in California, provide the largest numbers of employment possibilities for interpreters. Similarly, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws mandate that, in certain situations, an interpreter must be available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Given the lack of qualified candidates meeting these requirements, interpreters for the deaf will continue to have favorable employment prospects.
Online Courses Offered Spring and Fall
The program consists of two courses for a total of 6 units of academic credit. EDS 51 and 52 are delivered online. The two courses can be completed within one year. Each course builds upon its prerequisite and participants will not be able to advance to the next level without taking the courses in the following order:
To register, please call (916) 278-6984.
For more information
Contact Liz Arellanes, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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