Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - Interpreters and Children

Twenty years ago there were only a few children who used an educational interpreter. Today, there are thousands in all states. It is likely that with cochlear implants we will see even more students accessing the general education curriculum through an educational interpreter.

It may come as a surprise to many professionals that not much is known about how children learn through an interpreter. The practice is still new. We would like to know how this learning environment impacts cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development.

In some sense, each student is an experiment, with the educational team responsible for monitoring success. The skills of an interpreter are certainly an important factor, but there are many other issues that are important to consider as well.