Language Instruction

Language learning is key to success as an interpreter. Look for a solid language program including American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, and American Sign Language Linguistics. If you already know some ASL, most programs have a screening process to place students at their appropriate level. Be sure instructional faculty are fluent in ASL – native, or near-native signers – and experienced teachers. Ask whether the program includes faculty who are certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association. The program should encourage its students to interact with the Deaf and Deafblind Community through practicum or service learning opportunities. Because interaction with the Deaf community is so important, ask about the local Deaf community and opportunities for students to become involved in the community.

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