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George Brown College’s Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English) program 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 and 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

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and critically apply current interpreting research trends as they inform meaning-based interpreting practices.
  • Analyze the power dynamics that affect human communication, including the impact of the interpreter’s decisions and influence.
  • Respect cross-cultural needs of participants in an interpreted interaction in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Articulate societal views of Deaf culture, the Deaf community, multiculturalism, oppression, audism, global history of Deaf people, sign language linguistics and language variations.
  • Use current research literature to analyze key issues relating to the practice and profession of interpreting.
  • Determine appropriate modes of interpreting using evidence-based practice, effective interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Perform effectively as an interpreter by incorporating current research and recognizing contextual factors including language and culture.
  • Perform accurate and effective translations, consecutive and simultaneous interpretations.
  • Use communicative language abilities in first and second language as required to accommodate specific dialogic interactions.
  • Use professional and ethical judgment in decision-making while respecting diversity, equity, equality and rights of all participants.
  • Engage in life-long learning and reflective professional development.
  • Assess personal competencies and limitations in the use of multicultural and multi-contextual approaches to communication.

Career Options

If you are interested in a dynamic career that provides meaningful and varied work, then becoming an American Sign Language-English Interpreter is the career for you. Graduates of this program will find interpreting opportunities in a variety of sectors and venues as demand for interpreters is increasing in response to national and provincial legislation, including mandated implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and the Government of Canada's Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.

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

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (8 semestres)

Costos de estudio
CAD$18.190,00 (US$ 14.122) por año

*El precio que se muestra es una referencia, por favor verificar con la institución

Fecha de inicio

6 Septiembre 2022


St. James Campus

200 King Street East,


Ontario (ON),

M5A 3W8, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

In order to be admitted into the program of your choice you must: Have graduated from senior secondary school or equivalent. Minimum scores of 60% in six main subjects, including grade 12 English and Math, with an overall average of at least 65%. 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); 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169).

Para estudiantes internacionales

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)

Supplementary requirements as outlined below



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)

Combined average of English and Math/Science of 65% or higher

Post-secondary credits in English and Math/Science will also be considered (specific courses only)

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.

  • 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)

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