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Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English)

Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English)

  • ID:GBC010070
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$95.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,190.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$743.99
  • OtherFee/Year:$3,505.00
  • Application Fee:$95.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,190.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$743.99
  • OtherFee/Year:$3,505.00

* Incidental Fees (Materials, Student Association etc.), Health Insurance, Public Transportation, Books and Supplies,etc

Estimated Total/program:
$138,135.96
Apply
60
Accept letter
100
Visa
20
Fly
1

Admission Requirements

​​Entry requirement

  • 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)

English requirements 

  • Provide proof that their secondary and/ or post-secondary studies were completed at a recognized institution where English is the primary media of instruction. The studies must be relevant to the admission requirements for the specific program (s) applied to (e.g. an advanced diploma or degree is required for certain postgraduate program)
  • or
  • Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. The minimum test scores that are acceptable are listed below (as applicable). Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.
  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program, Level 9
  • IELTS (Academic), 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
  • TOEFL, 84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
  • MELAB, 85
  • PTE (Academic), 60, overall minimum
    55 in each skill band
  • CAEL, 70 overall (writing 60)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency), 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)
  • George Brown Admissions Test (Mature applicants only), Not Available
  • *NEW Duolingo English Test, 115

Other requirements 

  • SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Non-Deaf applicants: 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
  • All applicants:
  • Mandatory Online information session
  • Applicant Questionnaire
  • Mandatory on line screening session  that evaluates ASL and pe-interpretation skills*
  • Letter of reference ( to  be submitted during screening session)
  • * You will need a set of earbuds or headphones as one of the assessments requires this equipment. Note: not applicable for Deaf applicants.
  • * Screening process comprised of assessments of both proficiency in American Sign Language (comprehension and articulation) and pre-interpretation skills. Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding of the Deaf community and the field of sign language interpreting. Both academic requirements and all pre-requisites must be satisfied prior to registering for the screening session.
  • ** The letter of reference from a Deaf person should address the following: your current ASL abilities, your involvement in the Deaf community and their reason for supporting your application to the program. The letter is to be from a Deaf person who is not a family member or a current faculty member of George Brown. The letter must include their signature and their contact information. The letter can be either a type-written letter (Word or PDF document), or an ASL video letter, addressed to the program co-ordinators.
  • *** These competencies can be acquired through the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies certificate program at George Brown (C114), or an equivalent program, through part-time courses in the community or through regular interaction with Deaf people.
  • Please note: Subject to competition, applicants may be required to have grades/averages above the minimum.
  • There is no admissions assessment (test) for the English, Math or Science requirements

Course Information

George Brown College’s Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English) 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, 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. This program focuses on seven areas of learning:

  • Language and Culture

  • Field Fundamentals

  • Interpreting Skills

  • Research Methods/Trends

  • Ethics and Professionalism

  • Breadth Electives

  • Field and Community Experience

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Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

  • BINT 1001, American Sign Language I

  • BINT 1002, Deaf Studies

  • BINT 1003, English Communications for Interpreters

  • BINT 1004, Introduction to the Interpreting Profession

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 2

  • BINT 1101, American Sign Language II

  • BINT 1102, Cross-Cultural Studies

  • BINT 1103, Cognitive Processing Skills

  • BINT 2003, Sociolinguistics for Interpreters

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 3

  • BINT 2001, American Sign Language III

  • BINT 2002, Introduction to Research

  • BINT 2004, Values, Ethics and Professional Practice

  • BINT 2005, Introduction to Translation and Discourse Analysis

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 4

  • BINT 2101, American Sign Language IV

  • BINT 2102, Interpreting I

  • BINT 2103, Interpreting Essentials

  • BINT 2104, Service Learning

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 5

  • BINT 3001, American Sign Language V

  • BINT 3002, Interpreting II

  • BINT 3003, Interpreting Interaction: Community

  • BINT 3004, Interpreting Practicum Seminar I

  • BINT 3005, Interpreting Practicum Field I

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 6

  • BINT 3102, Interpreting III

  • BINT 3105, Interpreting Practicum Seminar II

  • BINT 3106, Interpreting Practicum Field II

  • BINT 4001, American Sign Language VI

  • BINT 4003, Interpreting: IPE

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

SEMESTER 7

  • BINT 3104, Translation and Discourse Analysis II

  • BINT 4101, Interpreting and Technology

  • BINT 4102, Situated Learning: Interpreting Collaborations

  • BINT 4004, Research in Interpreting Studies I

420 Hours Internship Experience (unpaid) (Fall)

SEMESTER 8

  • BINT 3101, Dynamics in the Deaf Community: Contrastive Analysis

  • BINT 4002, Interpreting IV

  • BINT 4104, Research in Interpreting Studies II

  • Liberal Studies Elective,

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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

  • Translator

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Mandatory Health Insurance

$743.99 for one-year coverage (Sept-August)
$508.83 for 8 months coverage (Jan-August)
$273.29 for 4 months coverage (May-August)

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