So, I learned about teaching and learning
and how the philosophies that I learned about in a graduate program for
education, was important to interpreting. I learned how the process of language
acquisition is important to interpreting. I learned how the process of second
language acquisition and scaffolding or supporting language growth in a second
language, is how that happens, and what’s important about that and relevant to
interpreting. The most important thing that affected me as as an educator and
as an interpreter, was adopting my Deaf son at the age of
five. At that time he knew about 30 signs and that was it.
He really had no extensive communication. The IEP goals, for the end of that year,
were to make three word sentence strings.