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Teaching Vital Communication Techniques

The Second Volume in the Interpreter Education Series

Perhaps no academic discipline is emerging as rapidly or as meaningfully as the study of sign language interpreting, especially in light of recent research that confirms interpreters not simply as passive and objective translators, but active, subjective participants in dynamic dialogues. At the head of this new wave of research, Cynthia B. Roy offers Advances in Teaching Sign Language Interpreters, the second volume in the Interpreter Education series.

The new volume begins where the first in the series Innovative Practices in Teaching Sign Language Interpreters left off. Series editor Roy has collected select essays on the best, new interpreter teaching techniques by an eminent assembly of the field’s leading experts. Topics discussed include: revising curricula in the new century, how to teach observation techniques to interpreters, how discourse mapping can be considered the Global Positioning System of translation, ways to handle the challenge of referring expressions for interpreting students, turn-taking and turn-yielding in meetings with Deaf and hearing participants, retraining interpreters in the art of telephone interpreting, and much more. 

Read the foreword and Robert G. Lee’s contribution, From Theory to Practice: Making the Interpreting Process Come Alive in the Classroom, now available to newsletter subscribers in its entirety. Subscribers also have the exclusive opportunity of ordering Advances in Teaching Sign Language Interpreters at 20% off the regular price.

A recent review in CHOICE Magazine lauds Hannah Joyner’s From Pity Pride: Growing Up Deaf in the Old South as “well-written” and “recommended.” Hannah Joyner depicts the history of young, wealthy men in the 19th-century South who were barred from high posts because they were deaf. These young Deaf men, commonly referred to as “the peculiar misfortune,” formed their own societies that, after the Civil War, included deaf northerners. In striking detail, Joyner portrays the circumstances of these so-called victims of this “misfortune” and makes it clear that Deaf people in the North also endured prejudice. She also explains how the cultural rhetoric of paternalism and dependency in the South codified a stringent system of oppression and hierarchy that left little room for self-determination for Deaf southerners. Read more of this historical account in chapter seven, “With the Eyes to Hear and the Hands to Speak”, and order From Pity to Pride.

Jan Branson and Don Miller’s Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural Construction of Deaf People as Disabled offers a well-founded explanation of the sources of discrimination against Deaf people came to be through its discursive exploration of the cultural, social, and historical contexts of these attitudes and behavior toward deaf people, especially in Great Britain. The Journal of Social History recognized this critical work in a recent review noting, “[The authors] have written an important and provocative book that contributes to the growing debate in disability history about the nature of difference and how it is culturally defined.” The review concludes that, “By engaging us in the debate, Branson and Miller make us think more deeply about what is ‘normal’ in our own society.” Learn how the majority societies around the world viewed people who were “different” by reading chapter two, “The Domestication of Difference: The Classification, Segregation, and Institutionalization of Unreason”, and order Damned for Their Difference.

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