Interpreter Tip Sheet

Should disability services determine that a student is eligible for interpreting services, here are some helpful tips working with an interpreter.

  • The interpreter's role is to facilitate communication from English and ASL; they are not tutors or teacher aides.
  • Interpreters are certified professionals hired by Salem State University.
  • Interpreters may request copies of the syllabus, handouts and access to Canvas.
  • Speak naturally at a reasonable, modest pace, keeping in mind that the interpreter must listen and understand a complete thought before interpreting it to another language.
  • The interpreter will wait 20 minutes for the student to arrive; if the student fails to show up the interpreter will leave.
  • If the class is over two hours, a team of interpreters will work together and alternate every 20-30 minutes.
  • Please make seating arrangements at the beginning of class. The student may want to sit up front to see both the interpreter and instructor.
  • Try to avoid talking while students are focused on written class work. The student can't read and watch the interpreter at the same time.
  • Captioned films and videotapes are strongly recommended to allow the student direct visual access to the information.
  • Students may request a note taker during the class.