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The Elliott-Hall-Ennis Collaborative Model of Interpreting: a thumbs-up Deaf-centered life of interpreting

by Marlene Elliott & Zachary Ennis

Interactive Workshop

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Imagine a model of interpreting that takes into account the context of the Deaf experience, power-privilege-oppression dynamics, interpreting theory, and a life lived in a collective-minded community as the grounding for the work of co-creating meaning in an interactive approach. When interpreter skills reach beyond content knowledge and academically acquired language skills to true sharing behaviors and socio-linguistic fluency then interpreters are prepared to partner with others in communication.

The EHE Model illuminates a Deaf-centered philosophy in interpreting. It addresses critical personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of the profession at this time. The model is a response to the continuing trend of frustration by Deaf people on interpreters’ inability to connect and provide an accommodating experience on all levels.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the model as a whole, give participants a chance to practice bringing authentic human connection and experience back into the process, and refocus successful interpreting from being a mode of delivery to a process and depth of understanding between persons.

This workshop will be conducted using Popular Education, a highly interactive, social justice approach to learning. Thus, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience a collaborative model of teaching congruent with the model applicable to their interpreter training programs, classes, and mentoring.

Participants will be able to:

  • Become engaged or re-engaged in the ongoing question of, “What does interpreting mean?”
  • Gain a valuable, profession-altering insight from a deaf-centered model, providing a foundation which they can utilize for growth.
  • Glimpse the deaf experience in the interpreting process and become more conscientious and community-minded partners
  • Engage in ongoing humane-based inquiry on the interpreting profession as a whole.

Marlene Elliott, B.A., CI/CT is designated interpreter for Dr. Wyatte Hall, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a Popular Educator, and long time interpreter trainer with working interpreters. She is currently leading curriculum development for a new Master’s degree program at the University of ASL Interpreting in Medicine and Science (AIMS), a 1-year immersion program for fluent bilinguals.

A white man wearing a grey hat with shoulder length hair and a brown beard and mustache smiles at the cameraZachary Ennis, B.A. is a native Deaf person and business owner in Rochester, N.Y. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Gallaudet University along with some graduate work at McDaniel College. He is currently studying Popular Education and co-writing the curriculum for the Master’s degree program at the University of ASL Interpreting in Medicine and Science (AIMS) at the University of Rochester.