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English Skill Development

Even if English is an interpreters' first language, it's important to become fully aware of one's own levels of English proficieny. English Skills Development is full of challenging exercises with high quality vidoetaped source materials, all of which are also transcribed for ease of analysis. Building strong English skills supports the kind of linguistic facility that is essential to the interpreting process. Check out the companion volume ASL Skills Development to refine language proficiency in both languages.

Who is this book for? Interpreting students and their teachers as well as working interpreters can benefit from the study of this volume. It can also be used to earn RID CMP CEUs when you work with an approved RID sponsor.

English Skils Development provides theoretical information as well as carefully constructed practical exercises within English on the following:

  • Visual Form and meaning
  • Meaning and Visual Form
  • Lexical Substitution
  • Praphrasing
  • Main Idea Identification
  • Summarizing

Each exercise includes:

  • English video source material on DVD or via DSP online library
  • Study Questions
  • The Five-Step Follow-up

The Five-Step Follow-Up is a unique method of self-analysis and encourages reflective practice and is included in each exercise.

The Teacher's Guide includes all of the information and material that appears in the Study Set and:

  • Discussion questions
  • Suggestions for how to conduct the exercises
  • Samples of appropriate responses to workbook questions
  • The video source material is the same for both the Teacher's Guide and the Study Set