Saturday March 2nd

8:30 am – 12:30 pm “Depiction in Interpreting, How and When?”

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Onsite Box Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00pm “Show and Tell”

.7 CEUs

Register by February 19th to have a complimentary box lunch provided. Box lunches are not guaranteed if registration is not received by this date.


HSC-1234 in the Health Science Center Building

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

425 Fawell Blvd

Target Audience

Working interpreters and ITP students who wish to participate in an ASL only environment focused on skill enhancement.

Request for Accommodations

Should you require special accommodations, including any dietary restrictions, please notify SLII at no later than February 15th 2019.

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Co-Sponsored by:  Sign Language Interpreters Inc (SLII) and College of Dupage


Participants should be familiar with the following concepts, as only a refresher will be provided: constructed action, classifiers, partitioning, unrealized inceptives, and indicating verbs. This session bring these aspects together for working and aspiring interpreters. This workshop presents the view that English linguistic items and structures evoke conceptual content that can guide interpretation. Once we see these structures and how they symbolize meaning as they are derived from conceptualization, the depiction options narrow to a more suitable list. Construal will be of paramount importance and will be discussed at length with detailed attention given to cognitive semantics. For example, these four sentences evoke three different scenes:

The farmer caught the rabbit
The rabbit was caught by the farmer
The rabbit was caught
I saw the farmer catch the rabbit 

All four of these structures can inform how we construct our interpretation. Simply examining the vantage point they provide can narrow the options of who to become (constructed action/surrogate). Examining these constructions in terms of passive vs. active voice can also guide our options. 

When interpreters internalize how structures in language evoke not only conceptual content, but also a specific way of viewing said content (the construal), the method of depicting the construal will become more apparent. Workshop participants will first work sentence by sentence to examine structures in source messages, discuss the options to depict, and then reexamine all structures to constrict the available options in order to construct a truly equivalent target message. *Presented in ASL*


Parsing is an innovative tool that gives interpreters and students a deliberate practice model to enhance their work. It forces users to break English form and to think critically about ASL when generating options for rendering an interpreted message in ASL.

Sign language interpreters seek message equivalency. The interpreter education landscape has historically focused on language acquisition, interpreting models, and other tools to assist second language users to become familiar with ASL grammar and provide techniques to provide message equivalency (Cokely, 1984. Lee, 1992). These sets of theoretical directions leave the user to make decisions without an explicit guide. The goal is to break the source message from its form and reconstruct the target message within the constraints of its linguistic system…but how?

When presented with a flowchart of guided questions, participants discover more effective and reproducible results in message comprehension and translation of the target language. This is parsing: to separate out and compartmentalize the message in order to unpack, understand, and practice English-to-ASL interpreting with detailed steps that utilize the interpreter’s abilities and knowledge of both languages.

This workshop will instruct participants on how to parse written English texts using a flowchart which will guide comprehension of the English text (and detachment from it) and provide structured choices for the target text. This deliberate practice provides the key to creating an internal framework for processed interpretation. With continued use and internalization of the process, participants will produce live work with more awareness and intentional choices for creating equivalent messages. *Presented in ASL*

“From one presenter to another, this workshop is an excellent opportunity to practice with such a masterful and engaging presenter.” – Keith Wann, CI/CT, NIC Master

Cancellation Policy

Registration is confirmed when payment has been received. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, all confirmed participants will be notified immediately and receive a full refund. If a participant chooses to cancel their registration or does not attend, registrant must send notification to

The following refund policies will apply:

-Registered participant can invite another person to attend in their place at any time at no charge

-If notice is received 14 days or less from the scheduled training date, no refund will be offered

-If notice is received 15 days or more from the training date, a 50% refund will be offered.

IRID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies Program is offered for .7 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.