The Interview Process
The interview is a conversation with an SLPI team member. Two cameras record the interview on split-screen video equipment.
Upon arrival in the SLPI room, the candidate is greeted by someone from OCAS or the SLPI Team, seated, and given the SLPI interview information sheet for review. Any questions can be discussed at that time. There is minimal conversation between the interviewer and the candidate prior to beginning the interview.
Interviews generally take 20 to 30 minutes and cover three major topics: work, interests and hobbies, and family and background. Because of the SLPI's formal rating process, interviewers are not able to discuss or answer questions regarding possible results or provide opinions about a person's signing.
The SLPI Rating Process
Three SLPI raters independently view and rate each faculty/staff member's sign language communication skills using an SLPI Raters' Worksheet.
1. If they agree on a rating, that becomes the official rating.
2. If they cannot agree on a rating, the tape is given to another team.
3. If the second team agrees on a rating, that becomes the official rating.
In the rare cases where the second team cannot agree on a rating, the interview is judged unratable and the candidate is asked to come in for another interview.
The Rating Scale
Because a rating of Advanced Plus satisfies all Institute ASL skill requirements, all candidates rated Advanced Plus and above will be given a rating labeled "Advanced Plus to Superior Plus Range".
Sign Language Proficiency Interview Rating Scale
|Superior Plus||Able to have a fully shared and natural conversation, with in-depth elaboration for both social and work topics. All aspects of signing are native-like.|
|Superior||Able to have a fully shared conversation, with in-depth elaboration for both social and work topics. Very broad sign language vocabulary, near native-like production and fluency, excellent use of sign language grammatical features, and excellent comprehension for normal signing rate.|
|Advanced Plus||Exhibits some superior level skills, but not all and not consistently.|
|Advanced||Able to have a generally shared conversation with good, spontaneous elaboration for both social and work topics. Broad sign language vocabulary knowledge and clear, accurate production of signs and fingerspelling at a normal/near-normal rate; occasional misproductions do not detract from conversational flow. Good use of many sign language grammatical features and comprehension good for normal signing rate.|
|Intermediate Plus||Exhibits some advanced level skills, but not all and not consistently.|
|Intermediate||Able to discuss with some confidence routine social and work topics within a conversational format with some elaboration; generally 3-to-5 sentences. Good knowledge and control of everyday/basic sign language vocabulary with some sign vocabulary errors. Fairly clear signing at a moderate signing rate with some sign misproductions. Fair use of some sign language grammatical features and fairly good comprehension for a moderate-to-normal signing rate; a few repetitions and rephrasing of questions may be needed.|
|Survival Plus||Exhibits some intermediate level skills, but not all and not consistently.|
|Survival||Able to discuss basic social and work topics with responses generally 1-to-3 sentences in length. Some knowledge of basic sign language vocabulary with many sign vocabulary and/or sign production errors. Slow-to-moderate signing rate. Basic use of a few sign language grammatical features. Fair comprehension for signing produced at a slow-to-moderate rate with some repetition and rephrasing.|
|Novice Plus||Exhibits some survival level skills, but not all and not consistently.|
|Novice||Able to provide single sign and some short phrase/sentence responses to basic questions signed at a slow-to-moderate rate with frequent repetition and rephrasing. Vocabulary primarily related to everyday work and/or social areas such as basic work-related signs, family members, basic objects, colors, numbers, names of weekdays, and time. Production and fluency characterized by many sign production errors and by a slow rate with frequent inappropriate pauses/hesitations.|
|No Functional Skills||(May be) Able to provide short single sign and 'primarily' finger-spelled responses to some basic questions signed at a slow rate with extensive repetition and rephrasing.|
Candidates taking the SCPI for the first time and rated Intermediate Plus and below are asked to come in for a follow-up meeting (see below), at which time they receive their ratings.
Candidates rated Advanced and above, and candidates who have taken the SLPI before will receive their ratings by campus mail by the end of the semester.
All candidates are encouraged to schedule a follow-up meeting, as this is the most helpful and informative part of the SLPI process.