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Jill Burress

Senior Speech/Language Professional

Communication Studies and Services
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-4983
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Jill Burress

Senior Speech/Language Professional

Communication Studies and Services
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-4983

Currently Teaching

INTP-436
3 Credits
In this course students will advance their skills in simultaneously interpreting from ASL to English. Monologues and expository texts on specific topic areas will be the focus of this course. A significant portion of the interpretation work in this course will take place utilizing speakers and audience members in authentic environments. Students will learn to manage the physical setting (logistics), and to select and use appropriate technology when applicable. Students will continue to hone their English and ASL vocabulary, interpretation analysis skills, develop team interpreting skills and increase stamina. To progress to INTP-440 Interpreting IV: Adapting to Diverse Consumers and INTP-450 Practicum & Seminar II, students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
NCOM-202
3 Credits
This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the concepts of culture, communication, and communication across cultures by incorporating social, economic and political contexts and examining the differences among the world’s population. The students will learn about the relationship between culture and communication, increase their understanding of the communication relationship created by language, understand how that relationship differs when communicating across cultures, and examine how to reduce potential conflicts. Students will study a variety of cultures from around the globe including, but not limited to, African-American, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian Cultures, along with cultural differences related to religion, gender, the military, and Deaf culture. Communication within and across the cultures will be examined, along with differences between the deaf and hearing co-cultures.
INTP-310
3 Credits
This course introduces the English to ASL and ASL to English interpreting process with a focus on text analysis and consecutive production of an equivalent target language message. Compression and expansion strategies are introduced. Students develop interpreting management strategies and diagnostic assessment skills. Students interpret monologic and dialogic inquiry and narrative text formats, while learning the interpretation process. Students also learn and integrate the features of biomechanics for interpreters to practice safe work habits. To progress to INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL and INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English, students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
INTP-336
3 Credits
Students will develop the ability to produce an equivalent simultaneous English message from an ASL source message. This course integrates inquiry and expository texts in both dialogic and monologic formats. Specific discipline areas include interpreting in healthcare, employment, finance, and technology settings. Within those discipline areas, students will have the opportunity to experience interpreting in authentic environments with both Deaf and hearing consumers. Students will continue to develop text analysis skills applying them to translating and simultaneous interpreting. Additionally, students will develop the ability to apply the principles of diagnostic feedback. To progress to INTP-436 Interpreting III: ASL to English and INTP-350 Practicum & Seminar I, students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
INTP-210
3 Credits
This survey course provides an introduction to the profession of sign language interpreting. Course content includes an overview of the history of the profession and professional organizations, interpreter role metaphors, the philosophy of practice within the field, and various work settings and protocols. Additionally, demand control schema is introduced as a critical analysis framework to uphold the values which serve the Deaf community and the linguistic and cultural values established in the field. To progress to INTP-220, Discourse Analysis, students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
NCOM-371
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the Cued Speech system of representing spoken American English, its history, and application. Students will increase their awareness of spoken English and the pronunciation of words in conversation. They will also understand and describe the purpose of Cued Speech, as well as identify other populations and uses for Cued Speech. Students will understand the language learning benefits of Cued Speech. Upon completion of the course students will be able to accurately use Cued Speech to convey spoken American English. Students will receive credit for INTP-371 or NCOM-371, not both.

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  • August 10, 2020

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    RIT faculty look ahead to classroom instruction this fall

    COVID-19 has challenged the university to consider an even more creative academic portfolio with blended, online, split A/B, and flex class options. To prepare for in-person instruction, RIT has upgraded academic buildings and classrooms. And physical distancing and face coverings, required of faculty and students in classrooms, together provide some of the greatest protection against the spread of COVID-19.