Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - Interpreters and Children - Learning through an Interpreter

Students who learn though an interpreted education do not have the same educational experience as their hearing peers. We know enough about interpreting to understand that communicating 100% of what is happening in the classroom is probably impossible. Yet many students do learn and develop in interpreted classrooms. For many students, an interpreted education may be the most appropriate placement. For others, it may not be a perfect placement but better than other options.

Given that we know interpreting cannot provide 100% access, it becomes even more important to make sure that a variety of factors are considered when evaluating and improving the quality of an interpreted placement. This section provides an overview of these factors.