So You Want to be an Interpreter is unlike any other entry-level textbook on the market. This new 5th edition has been revised and updated with the latest research and instructional content by the work of a team of authors who have a total of over 150 years of experience interpreting and teaching. They were joined by invited guest authors and members of a Deaf interpreter focus group who have shared insightful contributions as well as feedback from recognized leaders in the profession, past and present. Together their expertise makes this the cutting-edge textbook for Deaf and hearing students studying to become sign language interpreters. The number one student textbook in Interpreter Training Programs and the premier study material for RID and AVLIC written certification exams.
Regardless of your background, if you want to be an interpreter, this book is for you! Here you will find an introduction and pathway to working as a sign language interpreter, understanding the in’s and out’s of professional practice, ethical guidelines to inform your decision making, and the complexities of creating messages that start in one language and end in another, while maintaining the same meaning and impact. You will learn about the history of the interpreting professions, professional associations, and the credentialing process in the US and Canada. You will also discover the nuts and bolts of working in different types of assignments.
In writing the text, the authors assumed you have come prepared for success. You should already have advanced sign language skills (ASL, LSQ, MSL, etc.) and spoken language skills (English, French, or Spanish). You should as well, be comfortable interacting with the kaleidoscope of individuals who make up the audiologically deaf, culturally Deaf, and Deaf-Blind members of your local, regional and national communities. Students will find the latest research on