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Amanda Smith - Courses


Courses Taught at WOU:
Theory and Process of Interpreting III – Lab ­-  Western Oregon University
This course covered a basic introduction to the Demand-Control Schema as outlined by Dean & Pollard. Throughout this course students were exposed to the schema and had opportunities to apply the schema to various scenarios and observations.

Internship – Western Oregon University
Offers students the opportunity to work with a professional interpreter who serves as a mentor. Students observe professional interpreters, provide interpreting services while under supervision and perform independent interpreting assignments. Students apply the theory, knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to the delivery of interpreting services, acquire new professional knowledge and skills, and develop effective professional work habits and positive working relationships with co-workers and consumers.

Ethics & Decision Making of Interpreters –  Western Oregon University
This course includes a study of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct, ethics-related terminology, values systems and change, the ways in which situational, institutional, and legal constraints affect professional decision making, and becoming an ethical professional. Course content includes information on decision making, problem solving, and communication skills.

Theory & Process of Interpreting IV & LabWestern Oregon University
This interpreting lab, to be taken concurrently with INT 441, offers students an opportunity to apply the theories and to practice the techniques introduced in the Interpreting IV class. In this lab, students practice consecutive interpretations of
spontaneous monologues, dialogues, interviews and group discussions. Students also practice team interpreting techniques.

Interpreting in Educational SettingsWestern Oregon University
Designed to apply advanced interpreting, transliterating and classroom support skills to educational settings. Strategies for interpreting frozen texts, negotiating situational-based signs and interpreting for speakers from various content areas who have a variety of instructional styles. Students are introduced to the effect of hearing loss on language and educational development and to the laws that affect the education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. Students practice tutoring, note taking and inservice techniques, and discuss the ways that interpreters collaborate with other professionals to work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Theory & Process of Interpreting II & LabWestern Oregon University
Introduces students to the analysis and production aspects of ASL-to-English and English-to-ASL interpretation. Students analyze texts using a Goal-to-Detail information management system and practice a variety of visualization techniques. Students participate in group translations of ASL and English texts and consecutively interpret analyzed monologues and dialogues.

Theory & Process of Interpreting V & LabWestern Oregon University
This course concentrates on the successful interpretation of texts within a simultaneous interpreting framework. Students incorporate linguistic and functional text analyses into simultaneous interpretations, work with both recorded material and guest speakers and are introduced to the techniques of relay (Deaf intermediary) interpreting. Students are expected to produce accurate and fluent simultaneous interpretations of increasingly difficult monologues, dialogues, interviews, and group discussions. Students are introduced to transliteration, producing accurate and fluent transliterations over a variety of topics.

Specialized Interpreting TechniquesWestern Oregon University
Students are introduced to specialized communication and interpreting techniques that are used with a variety of consumers and in specific situations. Students are introduced to oral, deaf-blind and manually-coded English  interpreting techniques. This course includes work with television/ videotape cameras, telephones, microphones and assistive listening devices.


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