Classroom Interpreting

Deaf Education Teachers - Help ensure that the classroom environment can be interpreted

The deaf educator is typically sensitive to the challenges that classrooms can pose for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. There can be problems with an interpreted education that do not have to do with the interpreter’s skills. Some classrooms and some teachers can be more challenging to interpret than others. The deaf educator can help the classroom interpreter and the classroom teacher evaluate the accessibility of the learning environment, the unique challenges that may be created by the teacher’s instructional style, and the appropriate strategies to support effective interpretation. Hearing teachers who have limited experience teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing may not naturally understand how to adjust their teaching styles to allow the interpreter to perform well.