This programme was designed to prepare students to enter the field of sign language interpreting as professionals who can make a significant contribution to the deaf community and in the field of interpreting for the deaf. Through this programme interpreters will understand the communication process and apply the knowledge they have gained through the programme. By training qualified Namibian Sign Language Interpreters, deaf Namibians can be included in society.
Speaking at the first National Workshop on interpreting in the United States, the President of the National Association of the Deaf closed his remarks with these words:
Without interpreters, our world would be much narrower than it is. These wonderful people, understanding, and dedicated, are our bridges and our gates to the world of sound, our escape from silence. Through their ears, we communicate with the hearing.
Through hearts, we feel the ties of brotherhood even through the invisible wall of silence that sets us apart (Sanderson, 1964). The main aim of the programme is to make the communication experience as complete as possible for both hearing and deaf or hard of hearing people. Interpreters constitute the “voice” of deaf people.
Therefore, the objectives are to:
• prepare professional interpreters who are competent, ethical, and lifelong
• prepare culturally-sensitive interpreters to work in a variety of settings.
• prepare interpreters to work between Namibian Sign Language (NSL) and English knowing that many variables influence language use including gender, ethnicity, social status, education, age, and bilingualism.
If you are a professional that is proficient in Namibian sign language. The following fields of employment would need interpreters although the fields are not exhausted:
• law enforcement,
• sales field,
• medical staff e.g. nurses.
• counselling and
• CODAS (Children of Deaf parents)
• Be a holder of a Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) level qualification with a minimum of 22 points in five subjects on the Ministry of Education point scale or equivalent with a D symbol in English and be proficient in Namibian Sign Language (any recognised proficiency training in NSL).
The Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting is a practical programme and therefore cannot be offered as a distance programme but only as a full-time face-to-face programme.
The programme will be offered over a period of 2 years, covering 4 semesters.
Registration fee is N$2690.00, which should be paid upon registration, the remaining amount should be settled by May 31. The once-off 690.00 data fee is charged with registation for 10G of data each month for the whole year
Registration fee is N$2000.00, which should be paid upon registration, The
remaining amount should be settled by 30 September.
|Type of Fee
|Institutional Core Modules x2
|English For General Communication(YEAR MODULE)
|Introduction to Computer
|Year 1 Semester 1&2:
|3. Theory of Sign Language Interpretation A
|4. Namibian Sign Language Acquisition: Language
|5. Namibian Sign Language Linguistics
|Year 2 Semester 3:
|6. Principles of Sign Language Interpreting B
|7. Namibian Sign Language Acquisition: Language
|8. Deaf Culture
|Year 2 Semester 4:
|9. Sign Language Interpreting
Reference: Student number