Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - What does an Educational Interpreter do?

Monitor Student Comprehension

It is critical for the educational interpreter to consistently monitor the student’s comprehension of the interpreted material. It is not enough to simply ask a student if they understand the interpretation. Young children do not have the cognitive ability to monitor their own comprehension. The educational interpreter can check for understanding through classroom interactions and probing questions.

Another way to check for understanding is during one-on-one time with the student or in a tutoring situation. If the student is unclear about the message that has been interpreted, the interpreter can clarify the message by altering the interpretation to more appropriately match the child’s language level.

When students do not fully understand an interpreted lesson, it is easy to assume that the student is the source of the difficulty.