Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation opens at Benilde

Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation, the newest program of the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, currently accepts first year level applicants for the first term of Academic Year 2022 to 2023.

Motivated by its goals of innovation and inclusion, the institution offers the pioneering program to produce qualified and ethical sign language interpreters to meet the needs and advocate the rights of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Graduates of the program may pursue fruitful careers as professional interpreters and translators in the medical, mental health, academic, media and legal fields, with access to national and global conferences. They may likewise enter the academe to train future interpreters and teachers for the Deaf, all who remain focused on their advocacy of inclusion and service with genuine compassion for the Deaf community.

International partner institutions such as the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD), Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI), World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), and Rochester Institute of Technology-National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT-NTID), were all consulted for a holistic program and curriculum.

The degree delves on Filipino Sign Language (FSL) development, linguistics, interpreting theories and techniques. It likewise includes in-depth discussions to foster appreciation of the Deaf history, identity and culture. 

Students will learn how to monitor interpreting processes, analyze and advocate practices, policies and guidelines in accordance with the global standards of inclusion of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).  

The program is open to hearing or non-Deaf senior high school graduates, including interested parties who do not have a background on FSL.  It will run for nine terms or three academic years.

Contact the Benilde Center for Admissions Office via email or Viber +63945 278 8877, +63949 668 3082 or +63945 278 5612, from Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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