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Educational Interpreter Workshop Series

A Video Conference Workshop Series


How Do I Interpret In Math Class?

Presenter: Paul Glaser, MSE, CDI Educator, Mentor, Coach, Interpreter

October 6, 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: RTC Auditorium RM1005

Mathematics is an integral part of the curriculum for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is not uncommon for teachers and interpreters to have different signs for frequently used mathematical terms. This lack of consistency could have a detrimental effect on students’ learning. This workshop is designed to assist sign language interpreters, mathematics teachers and interpreting students in becoming familiar with mathematical signs. We will discuss the rationale behind choosing certain signs and provide opportunities for interpreters to practice incorporating them in their interpretations.


Developing Effective Interpreting Skills for Using Fingerspelling and Numbers

Presenters: Gina Grabher, AAS, EIPA Evaluator, ASL Professor and Bethany Koubsky, BA, RID CI/CT, EIPA Program Coordinator

December 1, 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: RTC Auditorium RM1005

Producing clear, fluent fingerspelling is essential for delivering a quality interpretation. Part one of this training will focus on the accurate production of the letter handshapes and producing clear fingerspelled words. The presenters will lead the participants through activities to practice their production skills. Part two of the workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice their receptive skills of fingerspelling and numbers.


Understanding Prosody

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Cates, PhD, Sign Language Program Coordinator, Iowa School for the Deaf

February 16, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: RTC Auditorium RM1005

Why do signers sometimes shift in space when they are not indicating a specific referent? Why do they raise their eyebrows when they are not asking a question? How do I know that a signer is referring to a past discourse referent instead of a time in the past? How can I improve my sentence boundaries in my interpreting? The answer to these questions is prosody. Prosodic features of language are larger than individual signs or even individual sentences. These are the features that help you navigate through discourse. Prosodic features help to create and recognize boundaries in sign, including both Signed English and ASL. In this workshop, participants will learn about prosodic features, will practice recognizing them, and will learn how to interpret the features.


The EIPA Report: A Tool For Professional Development

Presenter: Bethany Koubsky, BA, RID CI/CT, EIPA Program Coordinator

April 6, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: RTC Auditorium RM1005

This workshop will guide participants through the EIPA report feedback and glossary of linguistic terms that are received with an EIPA assessment. Participants will begin to apply feedback and convert it to measureable goals for their professional development plan. This training will focus on defining the linguistic terms that will give interpreters a tool they can understand and apply to deliberate practice for improving their skills.

RID CEUs Information

RID-CEU: Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. Each of these Professional Studies programs is offered for .4 CEUs at the "Some" content knowledge level.

MDCR-DODDBHH has approved MI CEU Sponsorship for this Workshop with MDE-LIO for 0.4 Professional Studies units and 0.4 Education units. Partial MI CEU Sponsorship CEUs will not be awarded fro this event and participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance as documentation.

To receive CEUs you must attend the entire workshop.

This workshop series is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach and the MCC Sign Language Interpreter Education Program.

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