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Interpreters In Your Classroom

Interpreters in the Classroom

For information on how to work with ASL Interpreters in your classroom:

Pepnet's Sign Language Interpreters: In the Classroom

How to work with the student and interpreter

Suggested strategies:

    1. Course materials such as class syllabus, handouts, PowerPoints, may be sent to DHHS.

    2. Speak at natural, reasonable pace.  Too slow of a is as difficult to interpret as too fast of a pace.

    3. Students cannot watch the interpreter and look at a PowerPoint at the same time. After introducing a PowerPoint, allow time for the student to get the information from the interpreter and time to focus on the screen.

    4. Media shown in class should be captioned for accessibility.  Check to make sure videos/ Youtube are captioned and that the equipment in your classroom is set to show captions.

    5. Speak directly to the student, and not to the interpreter. Do not third person statements such as “ask her” or “tell him.”

    6. If you have a question regarding academics, please ask your student directly, or you may also reach out to their DSS Counselor. 

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Building: LCW 110
Contact:  Rosemary Jensen

Phone: 408 864-8755
Disability Support Services Building: RSS 141
Contact: Patricia Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753
TTY: 408.864.8748


Last Updated: 4/12/18