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Spotlight ~ Reaching New Heights: 2018 Proceedings

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Reaching New Heights: Certification for Interpreter Educators

by Dr. Betsy Winston 

Proceedings video abstract

Certification of Interpreter Educators is long past due! We demand certified interpreters and ASL teachers. But, we make no such demands of ourselves. Certifying interpreter educators can provide the community and our institutions with some assurance that interpreter educators have the qualifications needed to prepare students for our very difficult profession. It is time for us to “practice what we preach” and to expect from ourselves what we expect from others – certification of interpreting educators! 

This presentation intends to 1) share various existing resources (e.g. Effective Practices for Teaching Interpreting: Domains and Competencies 2005) for establishing certification standards for interpreting educators, and 2) explore practical approaches for certifying interpreter educators, such as the recently revised model offered by our esteemed sister organization, ASLTA. Everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute to the development of certification for interpreting educators.

Standards Downloadable at https://tiemcenter.org/resources/interpreting-education/teaching-interpreting-domains-competencies/
ASLTA Process Description available at https://aslta.org/certification/

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About this Spotlight Series

CIT has played a significant role in the history of interpreter education in the United States. The conference proceedings on this page include workshop abstracts, papers, and business meeting minutes for many of these conferences.

The goals of the Proceedings Spotlight are to highlight:

  1. the valuable information and hard work that has gone into creating the CIT Proceedings,
  2. the importance of CIT in the history of interpreter education in the United States, and how conference proceedings have played a part in furthering interpreter education,
  3. different ways that Proceedings can be used to enhance and support research, education, and mentoring within the interpreting field,
  4. and positive outcomes, such as student success or enhanced skill development, as a result of applying the information shared within the CIT Proceedings.