Classroom Interpreting

Deaf Education Teachers - Help ensure that educational interpreters are treated as professionals

In many schools, it is hard for interpreters to be seen as professionals. Sometimes, because many do not have a college degree, classroom teachers can misunderstand the level of training it takes to become a competent interpreter. Classroom interpreters with excellent skills have often learned them the hard way – through lots of individual study and work.

It benefits students with hearing loss and the educational team if educational interpreters come to be viewed as professionals in the school. The deaf educator can help the larger school community understand the extensive learning that is required to become even a minimally qualified interpreter.