Classroom Interpreting

For Students (Hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing) What every student should know!

Student Raising his handLearning and socializing through an interpreter is different and it can be difficult. Adults who are deaf or hard of hearing have reported real social isolation when participating in hearing groups using an interpreter.

Students need to learn how to use an interpreter. They are also entitled to know their rights. The goal of K-12 education is to prepare our children to be adults. Many deaf and hard of hearing students will use interpreters in various roles and situations the rest of their adult lives. Their academic success in college or career success may depend on how effectively they can communicate. It is important for students to learn to manage and understand this accommodation.

In this section, we focus on what students should know about interpreting. It focuses on students’ rights, their responsibilities, and their abilities in being able to negotiate an interpreted education. We include a set of competencies related to the use of interpreters in school.

Student’s rights regarding interpreters
Age-related differences in using interpreters
Hearing-related differences in using interpreters
A set of competencies for students regarding interpreting
Who should teach consumer skills?
Interpreters and the Internet

See also the Transition Skills Guidelines available from the Clerc Center at Galluadet University.