SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING PROGRAM: GETTING STARTED
While classes in
American Sign Language are offered each semester and are open to any GPC
student, the Sign Language Interpreting Program's interpreting course
sequence beings exclusively in the fall of each year. Students wishing to
take interpreting courses must complete the following steps:
to Georgia Perimeter College.
English 1101 and 1102 with a "C" or better. These courses can be
transferred from any accredited college or university.
Attend a program orientation.
Our SLIP Orientation for students who have completed their pre-requisites and are
ready to enter the program in Fall 2013, was held on Monday, May 6th,
The next Orientation will be held in the Spring of 2014. For for more information, contact Becky Thurman,
administrative secretary, at (678) 891-3600 or by email.
Complete an application to the Sign Language Interpreting Program.
Pass an assessment of spoken English skills.
Pass an assessment of sign recall and visual-motor integration (the "G.E.A.R.S." test).
Pass an assessment of ASL conversational skills. Of the three SLIP entrance assessments, this
component receives the greatest weight. In an interview with an advanced ASL communicator, questions are asked about work, family, home, hobbies,
or activities. The interview lasts approximately ten minutes and is
video recorded for evaluation. To pass this portion of the entrance
process the student must demonstrate a shared conversation, answering the
interviewer’s questions with elaboration of at least four or five
sentences. The student must demonstrate a good knowledge of everyday
vocabulary, and must generally produce signs accurately and
understandably. The student must show some use of ASL grammatical
structures, though these may not yet be used consistently or
fluently. The student should not use voice or signed English. This
interview should be completed only after attending an orientation session.
The next round of interviews will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. In
order to sit for this interview, you must either a) be sitting in ASL 3
at Georgia Perimeter College or b) have a current skills assessment
sheet from one of our advisors (dated April 2013 or later). Contact
Becky Thurman to discuss setting up an Entrance Interview. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students with skills credentials (certification or
assessment from RID/EIPA/QA/SLPI) may
be able to exempt the interview portion of the application by
submitting their credentials.