Here are all the details about the workshops I am offering in July, including date, time, title, and description. I will be teaching Vague Language (VL), Genre Recognition, Oral & Sign Transliteration, and Voice Interpreting / Vocal Technique at the Desert Valley Regional Cooperative, 8055 N 24th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021. You may register by calling 602-771-5225 or emailing Amerigo.Berdeski@asdb.az.gov. The suggested donation for each workshop is $20. Here are the four workshops in detail:
- July 6 5p-9p Vague Language— Why people use it and how to interpret it
- Participants will study and explore the use of vague language (VL) in both English and ASL, the communicative purposes and social meanings of VL, the importance of retaining ambiguity when conveying vague messages from one language to another, the benefits of leaving language vague instead of interrupting to request clarifications, and specific strategies for conveying VL in both ASL and English. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define VL and name at least five communicative purposes that VL serves.
- Distinguish between language that needs to be clarified and language that is better conveyed as uttered.
- Have strategies for conveying VL in English and ASL without interrupting for clarification.
- Give a dozen examples of words, phrases, signs, classifiers, and mouth morphemes used in VL.
- July 7 5p-9p Genre Recognition
- This workshop introduces attendees to genre theory and teaches the skill of genre recognition. Attendees will be guided in the recognition of generic elements of discourse and will be empowered to enhance their predictive skills, thus increasing their self-confidence and composure while improving the accuracy and effectiveness of their interpretations. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Name five narrative genres.
- Name at least five elements of genre, including setting, plot, character, conflict, tone, intent, and moral.
- Describe the generic characteristics of at least five speech events.
- Identify their strengths and weaknesses in their abilities to recognize genres; know resources to strengthen weaknesses.
- July 19 5p-9p Transliteration— Put the English on your mouth and hands
- This workshop provides an overview of transliteration and teaches the skills of spoken English–to–PSE and spoken English–to–Oral transliteration. Attendees will learn the signs and mouth/body movements they need to produce when transliterating in order to convey messages in the language most readily understood by English–oriented deaf consumers. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define transliteration as it pertains to all languages and contrast it with interpretation.
- Demonstrate at least three signs that may be used for the word “of” and at least two signs for the word “which.”
- Distinguish between active and passive voice and explain how to transliterate each grammatical form.
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses in their transliteration skills and where to find resources for improvement.
- July 21 5p-9p Voice Interpreting— Trippingly on the Tongue
- This is a sign–to–voice interpreting workshop with a twist. In addition to learning logistical and processing strategies for voice interpreting, participants will learn the vocal techniques that singers and actors use so that they can enliven their sign-to-voice interpreting, convey affect, and improve audibility. Participants will learn how to enunciate, maintain vocal health, and inflect for affect, and meaning. Participants who take this workshop will leave as better interpreters and speakers. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Outline strategies that can be used before and during an ASL–to–English interpreting assignment.
- Demonstrate improved control of the volume and pitch of their voice.
- Vocalize the same phrase five different ways for meaning and affect.
- Use a microphone effectively, self-monitoring for volume, plosives and sibilants.
- Know how to relax their bodies and vocal apparatus for vocal health.
To learn more about the workshops I offer, see my Interpreting Workshops Page.