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Sign Language/Interpreting (SOC CODE: 27-3091.00)

Job Description Overview

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
  • Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
  • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
  • Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
  • Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
  • Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Sign Language: AS Degree

      Humanities and Social Sciences Division
      Degree S0801

      The Mt. San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program is designed to prepare individuals for careers as Sign Language Interpreters. Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens between the hearing community and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. There are an endless number of settings in which this communication takes place. Interpreters are employed by school districts, cruiseship companies, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and a vast number of other organizations and private businesses.

      Program Preparation: Preparation for the program includes fluency in American Sign Language demonstrated by the completion of SIGN 104, (or the equivalent skill) and English fluency demonstrated by the completion of ENGL 1A.

      National Certification: There are many specialties within the field of Sign Language Interpreting, but the focus of this program is on preparing the interpreter generalist. Although requiring some type of certification is becoming more common in California, there are still many job opportunities for the precertified interpreter.

      Completing the certificate in Sign Language/Interpreting does not make one a “Certified Interpreter”; however, graduates of this program are encouraged to apply for National Interpreting Certification (NIC) through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) at www.rid.org.

      Students who complete the required courses listed below and who also complete the graduation requirements of Mt. San Antonio College will be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Sign Language/Interpreting.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      SIGN 105American Sign Language 54
      SIGN 108Fingerspelling2
      SIGN 201Introduction to Deaf Studies3
      SIGN 202American Deaf Culture3
      SIGN 210American Sign Language Structure3
      SIGN 220Translation: American Sign Language And English4
      SIGN 223Principles of Interpreting3
      SIGN 225Ethical Decision Making for Interpreters2
      SIGN 227Cognitive Processing for Interpreters4
      SIGN 231Interpreting4
      SIGN 232Advanced Interpreting4
      SIGN 239Applied Interpreting2
      Required Electives
      Choose three courses from the following:5-5.5
      SIGN 240
      Vocabulary Building for Interpreters
      SIGN 250
      Interpreting with Classifiers
      SIGN 260
      Video Interpreting
      SIGN 299
      Special Projects in Sign Language/Interpreting
      Total Units43-43.5

      Sign Language/Interpreting Department Website 

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