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Educational Interpreter Performance Summer Skills Workshop


EIPA Summer Skills Workshop offers two separate training sessions for professional and community interpreters to increase and enhance sign language and interpreting skills.

June 18-21, 2012

Location Information Coming Soon

Interpreting Skills Development

This training session is designed to enhance interpreting skills for individuals who are currently working as interpreters in the K-12 setting. Participants will:

  • Develop a better understanding of educational goals in specific content areas related to Nebraska
    educational standards – emphasis will be on science, social studies, math and the arts
  • Enhance their sign language skills necessary to interpret specific content areas
  • Work in a group setting to develop and present a lesson to peers in sign language
  • Improve sign language skills in the use of spatial techniques, classifiers, verb agreement and prepositions
  • Improve sign language skills in the use of the body to convey affect, grammar, non-manual information and to represent constructed action/dialogue
  • Have an opportunity to practice producing interpretations maintaining the speaker’s intent
  • Effectively incorporate newly acquired skills

Sign Language Development

This training session is available for individuals who have some exposure to sign language and want to increase their skills in American Sign Language (ASL). The sessions will be facilitated by fluent, native signers of ASL. The goal of this workshop is to immerse participants in a sign language rich environment. All content, discussions and interactions will be conducted in sign language. Facilitators will use a variety of mediums besides sign language to convey the content and to facilitate comprehension.

This training is designed for individuals who have taken at least two sign language courses or individuals seeking to enhance their ASL expressive and receptive skills. (Minimum number of participants required.)

EIPA Summer Skills Fees

The workshops are available at no cost to individuals currently employed in the K-12 educational setting in Nebraska. Summer Skills Workshop fees are $200 per training sessions for individuals employed outside of the Nebraska school system.

For more information or to register for the 2012 Summer Skills Workshop, please contact Frances Beaurivage at (402) 452-5000 or