What are the requirements for admission to MAC practicum courses?
Students enrolling in MAC 261, Practicum I, are required to have completed MAC 103, 133, 201, and 207. Most students enrolling in this course have completed all of the advanced level signing courses, MAC 231, 232, 233, as well. Most students have completed all of the signing and voicing coursework before entering MAC 261, Practicum I. During their first quarter of practicum an assessment test is given to determine student’s skill level. The purpose for this is two-fold. One, it helps the student in focusing their time in the lab on skill enhancement tasks and it helps the supervisor in determining appropriate placements for the students. The prerequisites for MAC 262, Practicum II, are MAC 261 and MAC 236. The prerequisites for MAC 263, Practicum III, is MAC 262.
What can students expect during the practicum experience?
Students are required in each of the three practicum courses (MAC 261, 262, 263) to complete a minimum of 70 contact hours of interpreting at their assigned sites, 20 hours of socialization in the Deaf Community, and 10 hours in the CFE lab.
After the initial assessment, student’s skills are further evaluated through video taped testing. Each quarter students are given, on the average, four performance tests. Two of these tests will evaluate their receptive skills, ability to render the message from sign language into spoken English, (voicing test) and two tests will evaluate their ability to render the message from spoken English into American Sign Language or to transliterate (signing test). After each performance test, students are given written feedback and/or one on one face-to-face feedback from the practicum supervisor in regard to their performances. Students will receive additional feedback from their site mentors and from site visits by the practicum supervisor.
What types of practicum sites are used?
It is the goal of the MAC practicum to place students in a mentored environment with other working interpreters or professionals (Deaf or hearing) who are competent to mentor our students in the interpreting setting.
MAC practicum students are placed in a variety of sites. The Ohio Department of Education, due to interpreter licensure regulations, requires all students to have a minimum of one placement in a K-12 school setting. Students are also placed with interpreting agencies where the students shadow skilled interpreters in community and educational settings. Additional sites for MAC practicum students include hospitals, social services agencies, government agencies, churches, the Ellis Institute at Wright State University (a mental health training facility), plays, interpreting workshops, and post-secondary settings. Practicum students acquire the majority of their required contact hours per quarter in these settings. In addition, there is a multitude of unique special events and one time requests for student interpreters to gain experience.