by Trudy Schaefer
Director, National Interpreter Education Center
You may already be familiar with the TerpTalks Collection available at the Teaching Interpreting Media (TIM) repository. If you haven’t visited recently, we are pleased to announce that two new collections have recently been added just for you! All three collections are found at: http://www.interpretereducation.org/tim/.
The ASL Narratives Collection consists of videos that were recorded for other NCIEC products (DSAT videos and Interpreting in Vocational Rehabilitation Settings). These videos feature narrative monologues produced by a variety of Deaf individuals of diverse backgrounds. Some videos feature two interlocutors but the long-form turns constitute ASL narratives of significant duration. This collection features a search function allowing you to filter the 20 videos by gender identity, pace, language and race or ethnicity.
The Specialty Settings Collection contains videos that were first available and distributed in DVD format, these four video productions of the NCIEC focus on specialty areas of interpreting and are now available as part of Teaching Interpreting Media. The four video products (including supplemental materials) now available online are:
- Deaf Interpreters at Work: Mock Trial
- Highly Effective Court Interpreting Teams in Action
- Interpreting in Spanish-Influenced Settings
- Interpreting in Vocational Rehabilitation Settings
Our original collection, TerpTalks, features 65 monologues in ASL and English. These twenty-minute (on average) texts consist mainly of expository and narrative texts. This collection features a robust search functionality allowing for filtering of the videos by demographic and linguistic features. Also, ten TerpTalks include Learning Exercises that educators can readily use in the classroom. Produced by the Outcomes Circle, an initiative of the National Interpreter Education Center, these videos were recorded by fifteen interpreter education programs across the country and include two recent additions from Western Oregon University.
Several individuals have approached us about the ability to download TerpTalks. We would like to take a quick poll to determine the extent of demand for downloading. If you would like to download TerpTalks, please take this quick survey: https://niec.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4JipXuXiEt0C9JH
Access to TIM is free but does require registration. To date, over 2,500 individuals have registered. Have you?