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In the classroom


  • Arrive early the first day of class in order to introduce yourself to the interpreter and position yourself for the best view of interpreter, instructor, and any visual information displayed.
  • Make an appointment to see the instructor if the subject matter is unclear.
  • Direct questions to instructor(s) or appropriate staff.  The interpreter is not a tutor or an aide.
  • Be accountable for one’s own learning. Know the class vocabulary and material. Like hearing students, deaf students are responsible for their attention in class and the information presented.  The interpreter cannot be responsible for retaining or repeating information the student missed.
  • Do not initiate private conversations with the interpreter during class time.  The interpreter is there to facilitate communication and will voice/interpret everything that is signed/spoken.
  • The role of the interpreter is to facilitate communication, and, therefore, will not get the attention of the instructor for you.  When you want to participate in class discussion or ask a question, raise your hand or call the instructor’s name.
  • The interpreter may be several words to two sentences behind the speaker.  This delay is to ensure that the interpreter is understanding and conveying concepts appropriately and accurately.  Therefore, do not be alarmed if the interpreter is still signing after the instructor has finished speaking.
  • Inform the SDS office of any changes in scheduled class(es) or meeting(s), e.g. cancelled class, dropped course, location change, field trip.