So here I am in Omaha, NE attending a workshop put on by Boystown. This is the same people who developed the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment). I figured that if I was going to test again I should learn from the people who developed the test.
I left the comfort of my summer of nothing, to travel to Nebraska by myself. I don’t have a problem with that, just with the thought of meeting new people. I admit that I’m overly critical and feel like I am not worthy to be here.
Today was day one and I’m love it. They really get into the nitty gritty of what the evaluators are looking for in the assessment. Today we discussed the fingerspelling and why it is so important. I have to admit that when I started interpreting I looked for signs high and low so that I wouldn’t have to fingerspell. Now I know why it’s important and why I should be using it more. Basically, if a teacher is talking about a concept, the student needs to know what the vocabulary work is and they need to know how to recognize it on a test. They only way they for them to see the “written” word that will be on the test is for us, as interpreters, to fingerspell it.
Looking forward to learing more over the next couple of days. I have to say that the people at Boystown Lied Learning and Technology Center have been wonderful. I want to be them…haha…don’t know about moving to Omaha though. Anyway. Going to let my brain rest a bit before going over all my notes from today.