The Interpretation (American Sign Language - English) (Hons) program at George Brown College is the first degree of its kind in Canada. Developed to address the growing demand for qualified Sign Language Interpreters, this degree helps prepare graduates for work in this dynamic field.
An interpreter is a fluent bilingual-bicultural professional, facilitating communication between those who do not share the same language or culture.
To be a sign language interpreter requires manual dexterity, critical thinking skills, visual-spatial recognition, short-term and long-term memory and cognitive processing abilities in order to process information instantaneously at a level of bilingual and bicultural expertise beyond conversational fluency. For non-Deaf interpreters this will also include auditory-processing capabilities.
Over the course of four years, students will continue to improve and hone both their English and American Sign Language proficiencies while studying to become interpreters.
Graduates will be prepared to work as ASL-English interpreters in a number of private and public environments such as:
- educational settings
- medical settings
- legal contexts
- business interactions
- social service agencies
A wide range of employment opportunities exist for interpreters. Established interpreters may hold such job titles as:
- ASL-English Interpreter
- Designated Interpreter
- ASL Consultant
- Conference Interpreter
- Community Interpreter
- American Sign Language
- Deaf Studies
- English Communications for Interpreters
- Introduction to the Interpreting Profession
- Cross-Cultural Studies
- Cognitive Processing Skills
- Sociolinguistics for Interpreters
- Values, Ethics and Professional Practice
- Translation and Discourse Analysis
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses, with a combined average of 65% or higher
- Grade 12 English (U) with a grade of 65% or higher
- Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 Math U or Grade 11 Science (U) or Grade 12 Science (M or U)
- Basic ASL proficiency level equivalent to approximately 200 hours of ASL instruction and practical use
Deaf Interpreter applicants:
- Advanced (native) comprehension and articulation of American Sign Language with awareness of connotative levels of meaning, along with idiomatic expressions and colloquialism use
- Mandatory Online information session
- Applicant Questionnaire
- Mandatory online screening session that evaluates ASL and pre-interpretation skills
- Letter of reference
International18190 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18190 CAD per year during 48 months.
National8373 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8373 CAD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Toronto
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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