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How To Learn Sign Language

Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator

[music playing]>>We’re very proud of our
program here at Saint Paul College. It was one of the first six
interpreter programs in the United States. It was established back in 1972.>>I have not encountered any
instructor here that I have not instantly clicked with and had a
wonderful learning experience from. There’s just a wealth of
knowledge that they all bring and it’s just been a wonderful time.>>I like the sense of
camaraderie that I feel with my peers and the relationship that
I have with my instructors. I feel like its family.>>With a four year program,
you take the skills and you spread them out over a period of four
years whereas because of our program being a two year
program, we have to concentrate those skills
into a two year program.>>There’s a lot of crossover
between the American Sign Language Studies Certificate Program and
the Interpreting Training Program. The ASL part of it,
you know, you’re really just learning the language, you’re
developing the language itself but you’re not learning all
of the different steps that it takes to actually be able
to interpret the message effectively as a
dynamically equivalent message.>>Upon graduation, they will have
an associate of applied science degree in sign language
interpreting and transliterating. However, if they want to
become a certified interpreter, and that’s what we would
want all of them to become, they have to go through a national test.>>Employers require
certification but I think it’s more so not just the
employers, it’s the clientele. The clientele want
interpreters to be certified and this program is going to get me to
that process of certification.>>You tell them you went
through the program at Saint Paul College and they instantly, I think that the
level of respect just takes it up a notch. [music outro]

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