in the Classroom:
The role of an educational
interpreter varies depending on the child's age and level. Be sure
that all involved have a clear understanding of the interpreter's/transliterator's
role in the classroom. The ideal situation would include a clear job
description of the interpreter's/transliterator's role.
Introduce the interpreter/transliterator
to the class and explain his/her role.
Direct your comments and
questions to the student rather than to the interpreter/transliterator.
Expect the student to respond
to you rather than to the interpreter/transliterator.
Use a moderate rate of
Be aware that the teacher
will accept the role of disciplinarian.
Understand that young children
will go through a process in learning how to correctly utilize an
Allow the child the same
right as hearing children to have short breaks from attending. While
a hearing child can do this unnoticed, it is obvious when a deaf or
hard of hearing child stops looking at the interpreter/transliterator.
Again, allow short but reasonable breaks.