The Interpreter/Transliterator 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 speaking.

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 interpreter/transliterator.

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.





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