Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education
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Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education

The interpreter education program
assumes that students who come in already know American Sign Language.
You have to know both languages before you can interpret back and forth between
them. So they learn sign language in the certificate program, and then they can
transfer into the AAS Interpreter Education program. Signing skills is
the necessary foundation, but to listen and sign while you’re still listening,
while you’re still signing, or to watch and voice, watch and voice, is more
complicated. So, we really teach the interpreting skills in the IEP. And if she is going on with her answer, kind of get some and then ask her to pause, and then voice that, so. Right? I would
recommend the DCS program here because it’s affordable, you can achieve your
goal of becoming an interpreter, and just, the College in general is a really great
place to be. This program is one of only two in the entire state of Missouri that
teaches interpreting. We’ve got lots of deaf teachers, we’ve got professional
interpreters who teach interpreting; this is a two-year program, and it’s community
college, so it’s much more affordable, and our graduates provide interpreting
services to deaf people in all kinds of really necessary and important
situations, from church to school to social services, employment interviews,
all that kind of thing that hearing people can just, sort of, take for granted.
Our graduates, interpreters, allow deaf people to be mainstreamed into American society and earn a living, support their families, and live the same as everybody else. We
provide access. We’re always encouraging our students to go out and mingle with the Deaf. You cannot learn an entire language inside classrooms. You gotta get out there and use it. The teachers really care about their
students. They are super invested in us. They’ll take the time to sit down,
face-to-face, if we have any questions or problems, and it’s just a comfortable
environment to work in. One of the interesting facts about being an interpreter, one of the interesting challenges, is that it’s not enough
to know signs. You can know lots and lots and lots of signs, but you also have to,
have to know the situation. Have to know the background, the vocabulary of it, and
then there’s also the people skills. You have to be able to get along well with a broad diversity of people, in all kinds of different situations. St. Louis
Community College, we say our mission statement is that we expand minds, and we
change lives every day, and I can see it happen in them. I think they like the
socializing with each other. I think they like, sort of, exploring this new world
called Deaf Culture and learning a new way to, sort of, look at the world.

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