Information on Interpreter in the classrooms What are their roles
Interpreters are in the classrooms to Facilitate communication between teachers and students within the mainstream setting
Interpreters are there to sign/interpret/transliterate to Deaf students what is being said in the class
Interpreters are not in the classroom to teach or tutor Deaf students
Interpreter are not in the classroom for the social life of the student, They are there to connect the student with the regular class environment, and reamain a authority figure and not a “buddy”
Interpreters are not the classroom’s teachers aid. Their are there to aid the child not run off copies, or do gofer work.
It is important for teachers and Interpreters to talk to each other about what is expected. If a teacher and an Interpreter do not understand the others job it will cause conflict and confusion in the classroom.
Interpreter Issues (1991) SMI & Madonna University