EIPA distance education courses are designed for interpreters working in K-12 classroom settings, community interpreters with an interest in educational interpreting or supporting educational interpreters, future interpreters, K-12 interpreter mentors, deaf educators, and individuals supervising or working with educational interpreters. These courses are available through video conferencing.
December 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CTRoman Numeral IV: Unpacking Discourse Mapping Dr. Deborah Cates, PhD, Sign Language Program Coordinator, Iowa School for the Deaf
As with processing, much of discourse mapping occurs “behind the scenes”. Part of message processing is generating a mental map of the relationships between pieces of information or ideas in the message. Typically mental maps look like webs. While these maps are useful for thinking about and contextualizing information, they do not help with producing spatially-based discourse maps in an interpretation. This workshop will review a method of discourse mapping that can move from text to a structured interpretation making relationships in the message overt.
February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CTRoman Numeral II: Unpacking Sign to Voice EssentialsFrances Beaurivage, RID CI/CT, EIPA Consultant/EvaluatorBethany Koubsky, BA, RID CI/CT, EIPA Coordinator/Evaluator
The intent of this training is to review the elements important to Roman Numeral II. Participants will focus on matching the signer’s register and affect. We will view a variety of child signers and word choices that reflect the register of the child. Individuals will learn how to avoid extraneous verbiage that distracts from the message and develop a more fluent representation of the signer/s ASL/PSE into spoken English.
April 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CTRoman Numeral I: Unpacking Use of Space and Classifiers Jonathan Scherling, BA, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha
This workshop will guide participants through Roman Numeral I. Native ASL user and ASL professor Jonathan Scherling, will work with attendees to develop a better understanding of classifiers and when they are appropriate to incorporate. Participants will also work with organizing the message in visual space to make their interpretations more visually clear and concise.
This workshop series is being offered as a package or as individual workshops.
Each state will handle all of their own reservations at designated sites in their state. Each site MUST have a qualified/trained person on site during the video conference to do the following:
Each site MUST participate in a coordinated video bridging test call before each scheduled live broadcast. Sites that do not participate may not be allowed to participate on the day of the actual broadcast. Specifics in regard to this test run will be communicated via an email message from Roger Harpster of Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Mandatory test call dates are as follows:
For more information on EIPA and upcoming workshop dates, please contact Chris Grassmeyer at
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