If you have a desire to learn how to interpret, these classes are perfect for you! Students start learning the basics of interpreting and move through advanced interpreting and voicing skill development. Students work from books as well as do a great deal of hands on practice. Classes are taught in a one-on-one environment and modified to meet the needs of the individual students. All interpreting classes are always taught at a collegiate level, and generally run 16 weeks. Interested? It's affordable costing only $35/hr compared to the $55- $150/ hr for other private tutors, and students can move through the courses as quickly or slowly as they prefer. 

 

Interested in becoming a certified interpreter? Make sure you visit our ITP (Interpreting Training Program) page for more information. 

INTERPRETING
CLASSES

 

 

Interpreting as a Profession

Journey into the Deaf World

Interpreting is difficult! How do you handle interpreting for two completely different types of consumers? What is the Code of Professional Conduct? What do you do if a Hearing person is yelling? How do you handle group environments? There are a million questions, and often not so clear answers. Interpreters need to learn critical thinking skills. This class covers everything from ethics, to clothing choices, to the endless "what if's" this profession brings. This class runs approximately 20 weeks and will definitely prepare you to be the best interpreter you can be! 

 

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Sign Language Interpreting

Get REAL! A Real Look at Interpreting

It's critical to understand the consumers we serve. Deaf Culture is completely unique. It has its own rules, its own philosophies, it's own history, and the people share unique experiences. This class teaches about everything from Deaf art, to Deaf rules of the road, to Deaf history. Students will walk away with a strong understanding of the Deaf World and hopefully with a greater appreciation and empathy for the challenges uniquely faced by the Deaf. 

 

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A Journey Into Deafness

Reading Between the Signs

Additional Texts & DVDs 

Interpreting I

Interpreting II

So you are ready to practice your interpreting skills. We start with basic facial expressions, then move to simple sentences, then build our level of complication over time. Interpreting students learn a combination of ASL/Contact Interpreting so they are ready for a variety of consumers. Because students need more than just physical practice, we use a wonderful book to help guide you through the process of learning to interpret. This class traditionally lasts 16 weeks and is your first step to becoming a great interpreter. 

 

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Show Me the English

You have the basics of interpreting down but you need a lot of practice. This class is for that! Here we practice interpreting intensely. Students get a tremendous amount of feedback, and work towards translating in ASL/Contact more effectively in standard and specialized environments. 

 

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Varied Texts & DVDs

Sign to Voice I

Sign to Voice II

Learning to "voice" for a Deaf individual is not easy. You see hands flying around and you are supposed to make sense of what they say, then figure out how to put all that into equivalent English. It's difficult, but you can learn to do it with a little help! This class teaches you how to translate those gestures into spoken words. We discuss how to break the many bad habits interpreting students develop, and we learn how to make what you say sound natural. It's a lot of work, but the end result is awesome. This class lasts approximately 16 weeks. 

 

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ASL to English Interpretation: Say It Like They Mean It

You learned the basics in S-to-V I but that was just the beginning. There is a lot more you need to learn, and many more hours of practice which need to be had. This class helps you broaden your understanding of voicing, and gives you direction in how to practice those skills. We emphasize more than just the basics of voicing, but we emphasize affect, pacing, equivalency, etc. S-to-V II also covers special topics and the verbal interpretation of unique vocabulary and difficult voicing environments. 

 

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Varied Texts, DVDs, & Videos

 

Specialized Fields

Bringing the Stage to Life

For more indepth learning students can choose a specialty for their particular focus. This class allows interpreting students to choose 2 areas for more in depth learning. Whether you feel drawn to Medical, Mental Health, Legal, Religious, Educational or Performance Interpreting, this class will give you the chance to explore special areas for skill development. 

 

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Varied Field Related Texts & DVDs

A Vessel for Worship

This class is the worship version of BSL. If you want to develop skills in becoming a musical interpreter in the church, this is the perfect class for you. Students are required to complete 10 worship songs over the course of the class. This class is ideal for students and for professional interpreters wanting to improve their skills. 

 

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Varied Texts, DVDs, & Videos.

NIC Test Prep

Do you want to prep for the National Interpreting Certificate (NIC)? This class will help. This prep focuses on the performance and interview portion of the exam. If you need a little help getting ready, this is a great place to start!

 

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NIC Prep DVD

Sample Test

Internship

If your heart beats excitedly at the thought of interpreting on stage, then this is the class for you. This musical interpreting class is focused on developing the skills needed to become a skilled musical interpreter. Interpreting students learn the lingo of the stage world, how to work with administration, clothing choices, performance theories, skill development and glossing. This class is perfect for students as well as active professional Performance Interpreters. Students are required to gloss and perform 10 songs as well as complete the BSL workbook. 

 

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Bringing the Stage to Life - EXTENDED Workbook

Church Interpreting

Do you want to develop or improve your skills as a church interpreter? This class is perfect. Here we discuss how to interpret the unique language of Christian texts and Christian services. Creative and unique methods of glossing are discussed. Interpreters also learn how to manage an interpreting ministry effectively interacting with the interpreters the Deaf attendees, and the pastoral staff of the church.  

 

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Varied Texts, DVDs, & Videos.

Practicum

Once you make it through the foundation of the program, you need to get out there and practice the skills you have deveoped. Gate will help place you under one or more professional interpreters. Practium consists of a great deal of watching how they interpret, and studying their decision making process. Students will meet regularly with their on site mentors as well as in class with their instuctor at Gate. Students need a minimum of 80 on site hours. 

 

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Interactive Interpreting: Let's Talk

Once you make it through the foundation of the program, you need to get out there and practice the skills you have deveoped. Gate will help place you under one or more professional interpreters. Practium consists of a great deal of watching how they interpret, and studying their decision making process. Students will meet regularly with their on site mentors as well as in class with their instuctor at Gate. Students need a minimum of 80 on site hours. 

 

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Great Interpreters Don't Grow on Trees

The Professional Sign Language Interpreter's Handbook

 

QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

 

Do these classes prepare me for certification? 

YES! However remember you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree in order to get certified. If you already have a BA/BS then it is not necessary for you to attend an accredited school for interpreting. These classes are non-accredited but do provide collegiate level education. 

 

Will these classes transfer to an accredited college? 

These classes will prepare you to test out of college classes. They will not transfer to a college. Many colleges will look at your experience/education and write off certain classes, or formally let you test out. Check with your college of choice. 

 

Can these be taught online? 

YES! All our one-on-one classes can be taught online via Skype.

 

 

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