Written in a workbook fashion and designed as a teaching / learning vehicle, Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills is for students taking courses in American Sign Language (levels I, II or III), as well as students enrolled in interpreting programs. The written English narratives are designed for translation, interpreting and transliterating with over 80 examples on the companion DVD signed by both native Deaf individuals and nationally certified interpreters. The book is divided into four parts. Part I: The first part of the text consists of 24 chapters that provide readers with an overview of a variety of ASL grammatical features. Each chapter includes an example glossed into ASL to provide students with a model for translation, each of which are signed on the accompanying DVD, followed by narratives for student practice that gradually increase in length and difficulty. Part II: The second part of the text consists of 20 chapters covering additional grammatical features. The selections become increasingly longer in length. Selections in the first several chapters of Part II are also signed by a Deaf individual on the companion DVD. As the selections become longer, a nationally certified interpreter interprets selected narratives modeling the ASL principle described in the chapter. Part III: The third part of the text is devoted to exercises that focus on building automaticity when confronting multiple meaning words, idioms, and college level vocabulary. These selections are longer in length and are designed to provide interpreters with source material that covers a wide variety of topics. Part IV: The fourth part of the text includes narratives, lectures, and passages from texts that might be read in a high school or college class.
About the Author: Nanci A. Scheetz is a Professor at Valdosta State University. She teaches courses in the American Sign Language/Interpreting Program and the Deaf Education Program. She has been a nationally certified interpreter since 1987, and continues to work as a free-lance interpreter in educational and community settings. She has written curriculum materials, presented numerous workshops, and is the author of Orientation to Deafness, 2nd ed. 2002 (Allyn & Bacon), Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness, 2004 (Allyn & Bacon), and Sign Communication for Everyday Use, 1998 (Pro-Ed).