Course Description for Introduction to Service Learning in Interpreter Education

INT3950: Introduction to Service Learning in Interpreter Education

Description: This course is one of two service learning courses designed to strengthen the student's ability to acculturate to the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of the Deaf community through civic engagement. The course introduces Experiential Learning Theory and the community engagement approach to situating the Deaf community within interpreter education and promoting professional alliances. Students apply critical thinking skills to their own biases and assumptions, constructing an asset map of the community, and identifying goals that offer potential for practitioner-entity partnerships. Students learn the basics of building teams, establishing responsible boundaries, working toward mutual goals that are defined by the Deaf community, and applying the foundations of service learning to their future as interpreters.