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Saturday November 4th, 2017 9:00AM — 4:00PM
Sunday November 5th, 2017 8:30AM — 3:30PM
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2017 Educational Interpreter Weekend with the Expert

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Event Type: Inservices/workshops Inservices/workshops

Credit Type: Act 48 Clock Hour (11 hours) Hours of Instructional Time

Registration Contact: Kristi Simpson, ksimpson@pattan.net, 800-441-3215x7241

Content Contact: Sue Ann Houser, shouser@pattan.net, 800-441-3215 x 7243

RegisterRegistration begins at 8:30

Focus on Discourse Mapping: Maintaining an Organized Spatial Map When Interpreting Complex Content.

This training will focus on using analysis skills to determine the speaker’s curricular goals and how to develop a discourse map that is organized and aligned with the teacher’s educational objectives. Participants will analyze educational discourses to determine the teacher’s goals and develop a plan for delivery using ASL linguistic features to ensure that the information is organized. The bigger challenge is to maintain an organized structure when the discourse is extended. We will discuss how one must incorporate appropriate use of verb agreement paths, comparative/contrastive space, classifiers, stress and emphasis and a variety of other techniques to develop and maintain an organized discourse map. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to develop a better understanding of how organized discourse supports student’s learning.

Advanced skill in ASL is required for full participation and benefit from this training.


Participants will:

  • Identify at least two of the teacher’s objectives in four to five different classroom vignettes.
  • List 4 to 5 ASL strategies that can be used to map the discourse so that it is in alignment with the educator’s educational objectives.
  • Develop a visual map for each of four to five classroom vignettes and then using the map they will interpret the vignette striving to incorporate the 4 to 5 ASL strategies previously identified.

Target Audience

Educational Interpreters working in the K-12 setting in Pennsylvania Schools

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Educational Interpreters


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Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Kristi Simpson, at 800-441-3215 × 7241, or ksimpson@pattan.net.