At the School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies, hands-on learning plays a critical role in solidifying the communication skills that you'll develop regardless of the program that you enrol in.
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies is a program that will help you build and develop basic American Sign Language (ASL) skills through daily
immersion in the language and culture. As such, the training is very interactive in the classroom setting.
As a student in this program,
you will spend a significant amount of time learning the language, studying Deaf culture and community, practicing your ASL skills and developing your ability to communicate in ASL both with your classmates and your instructors.
Our Honours Bachelor of Interpretation
(American Sign Language – English) is a four-year degree program that provides rigorous training to prepare you to work as an ASL-English interpreter. Graduates of the program may choose to pursue graduate studies. The class sizes are kept
small so that faculty can provide ongoing and meaningful feedback.
This program uses
a combination of both onsite and offsite learning environments to support your learning.
Onsite, you'll study in our ASL lab facility that includes individual video practice stations that allow you to record and review your ongoing development of ASL in addition to reviewing yourself interpreting. The process of recording will help
you develop and hone your interpreting skills in a safe and controlled environment.
As you gain confidence in your skills, the learning environment expands to incorporate supervised offsite interpreting opportunities. You'll have the chance to provide interpreting services for one of our valued community partners like the Royal
The program's most significant learning opportunity takes place in year four when you will complete a 420-hour unpaid internship. This will involve shadowing a working interpreter throughout their daily appointments. During this time, you'll experience
the variety of day-to-day appointments that make up an interpreter's work day. Not only will you gain extensive hands-on experience, but you'll start to develop your own network within the Deaf and interpreting communities.
The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program will prepare you to work with members of the deafblind community who have been diagnosed with a combined vision
and hearing loss. As such, the communication methods used by this consumer group extend beyond traditional ASL into more tactile forms of interacting.
In-class, you'll learn tactile ASL, braille and other forms of communication used by the deafblind. You'll then reinforce these skills by participating in a series of activities with your classmates that will give you
the chance to both deliver and receive these services. This type of exercise allows you to gain a deeper understanding the importance of trust in your client relationships.
Offsite learning plays an important role in transitioning classroom skills to a real-world setting. You'll have the chance to work directly with consumers of the services you are developing helping you gain confidence in your ability to work as an intervenor.