Interpreting in education

Authored by: Melissa B. Smith

The Routledge Handbook of Interpreting

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415811668
eBook ISBN: 9781315745381
Adobe ISBN: 9781317595021


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This chapter provides an overview of interpreting in educational settings. Not only may interpreters find themselves working with students, parents, and staff in infant or pre-school programs, primary or secondary schools and institutions of higher education, they may find further work opportunities in vocational and adult education or in professional development venues such as conferences, workshops, seminars, and conventions. While the issues presented will apply to all of these settings, interpreting in primary, secondary and post-secondary education will provide the framework for this discussion. Because of legislative mandates for inclusion of Deaf and hard of hearing students in public education, many signed-language interpreters work in educational settings. As a result, much of the research cited is gleaned from the field of signed-language interpretation. However, the challenges in effectively meeting the needs of English Language Learners being educated in the United States and immigrant students learning the language of host countries all over the world in many ways parallel those of Deaf and hard of hearing students.

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