Classroom Interpreting

Regular Education Teachers - The Educational Interpreter is Not an Aide

Teachers often have large classes with many students. It is tempting to view the educational interpreter as another adult in the classroom who can help with the numerous tasks that a teacher must undertake. However, the number one rule that a teacher must remember is that the primary job of the educational interpreter is to interpret. A student who is deaf or hard of hearing should never miss classroom communication or peer interaction because the educational interpreter cannot interpret.

There are times when the student is engaged in independent work and the interpreter is not needed. The interpreter should be given this time to prepare to interpret future lessons by looking at classroom books and teacher’s materials. The student will benefit more when the interpreter is prepared.