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Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education through Deaf Eyes

by Tom Holcomb Abstract  The focus of this endnote address is to spotlight the key points that were made throughout the conference from the “Deaf Eyes” angle. In addition, the concept of DEAM (Deaf Dream Team) will be introduced as it applies to interpreting and interpreter education. With this concept, Deaf people work closely with […]

Reaching New Heights in Textbooks

by Cynthia Roy, Jeremy Brunson, Christopher Stone Abstract (View video abstract) As BA and MA interpreting programs have proliferated, educators continually bemoan the lack of academic textbooks. We introduce our new textbook: The Academic Foundations of Interpreting Studies: An Introduction to Its Theories. This book, ideally for undergraduates at the junior or senior level, or […]

Model Driven Pedagogy: Teaching and Testing Pragmatics

by Campbell McDermid Abstract (View video abstract) Various models of the interpreting process have been proposed and it has been argued that education programs adopt one for teaching and assessment purposes (Cokely, 1992). This paper will review a framework for pedagogy designed around a model consisting of two levels of meaning; the literal and dynamically […]

Intersectionality, the Latest Buzzword:  What it Means to Teach Power and Privilege in ASL and Interpreter Education Programs

by Octavian E. Robinson, Naomi Sheneman Abstract (View video abstract) Diversity, representation, intersectionality, and justice have become buzzwords in higher education. In the meantime, many recognize the benefits of inclusive pedagogies and the need to evolve to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse world. What does it mean to incorporate such ideas in ASL […]

Storytelling: Sharing a Culture, Keeping Traditions, Learning a Language

by Babetta Popoff Abstract (View video abstract) Storytelling is an integral part of our heritage. For many, storytelling is how we are first exposed to language and culture. These stories, and the act of storytelling help us frame our identity. The use of storytelling as a teaching tool is a fun way to engage students in […]

Educational Interpreting in K-12 settings: Use the Clerc Center Online Resources!

by Mary Lightfoot Abstract (View video abstract) 87.5% of deaf and hard of hearing students are now educated in general education settings. Those who are visual learners in general education classes need qualified interpreters to mediate class and school communication. How do interpreters access information about working with deaf and hard of hearing students? What […]

Walk on the Wild Side: Training Trauma-informed Interpreters for Signed and Spoken Languages in the Same Classroom

by Marjory A. Bancroft, Katherine Allen Abstract This paper examines the outcomes of a four-day, trauma-informed interpreter training project for victim services interpreting that was delivered to mixed groups of spoken and signed language interpreters in Washington, DC, including Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs), between 2015 and 2018. It describes the program’s core elements and examines […]

Comparing the ASL Competency of Applicants: Readiness for 4-year ASL English Interpretation Program Entry

by Barbara Garrett & Emily Giardin Abstract (View video abstract) Believing that foundational ASL competencies are directly related to student interpreters’ success and certification readiness upon graduation. This study compared the expressive ASL competence of applicants with a two year interpreting degree to applicants with only ASL I-IV coursework. The four-year interpreter education pre-program screening […]