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ERIC Number: ED509226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Interpreting. PEPNet Tipsheet
Darroch, Kathy; Marshall, Liza
Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), Rochester Institute of Technology
An interpreter's role is to facilitate communication and convey all auditory and signed information so that both hearing and deaf individuals may fully interact. The common types of services provided by interpreters are: (1) American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation--a visual-gestural language with its own linguistic features; (2) Sign Language Transliteration--sign language and mouth movements using elements of ASL and English; (3) Oral Transliteration--silent repetition of spoken English; and (4) Cued Speech Transliteration--speech movements of English supported by hand-shapes and hand placements. The interpreter's job is to faithfully transmit the spirit and content of the speaker, allowing the student and instructor to control the communication interaction. The interpreter's primary responsibility is to facilitate communication. Instructors should refrain from asking the interpreter to perform other tasks as it may interfere with the quality of communication provided and compromise the role of the interpreter. This tip sheet lists things to remember when working with an interpreter.
Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC). National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Tel: 585-475-6433; Fax: 585-475-7660; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet-Northeast