Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - Interpreters and Children - Interpreting and Language

Effect of Delayed Language on Learning

A teacher’s language is tailored to the students in the class. The teacher and other adults in the classroom will automatically adjust language and vocabulary to match the language skills of the students. When listening to a teacher, one can almost guess the age group being taught because of the different aspects of the speech and language being used.

When a student has language that is delayed, the teacher’s language may be too advanced for the student. Using grammar and vocabulary that the student has not learned makes the learning task harder for the student who is deaf or hard of hearing.

The educational team, which includes the educational interpreter, should discuss how language and vocabulary should be modified. The educational interpreter should work with the classroom teacher to understand which concepts are the most essential in lessons and how to scaffold learning those concepts.

When a student does not have language and vocabulary skills that match his/her hearing peers, the student’s learning experience may be different too. It is possible that the student will not learn as many concepts and new words as the hearing student.