The following is a list of Deaf- and ASL-related resources along with reviews from some of the department's previous students:
ASL AND ENGLISH RESOURCES FOR INTERPRETING IN MEDICAL SETTINGS - http://www.medicalinterpreting.org/
Review: This website specifically focuses on medical settings and offers information for interpreters, patients, and providers. The website also has video resources with excerpts from listed DVD’s and CD’s and helpful links which focus on specific medical information one may need on various assignments from cardiology to the OGBYN. Another nice aspect of this site is that there is an up to date video blog which an interpreter may use to work on skills or gather important information from Deaf community members. Links to WebMD are also available on this website, along with current reports on health issues. Anyone with assignments in the medical setting or aspire to work in this field should utilize this website.
ASL PRO - http://www.aslpro.com/
Review 1: This is an online dictionary for American Sign Language. There are options for the main dictionary, religious dictionary, conversational dictionary, quizzes, and fingerspelling practice. The dictionary has thousands of signs in alphabetical order with a video of the word being signed. This a quick and easy tool to use when preparing for an assignment, or while working on your skills at home. The conversational dictionary is also broken up into sections and you can search through those of which interest you.
Review 2: This website is especially helpful when coming to individual signs when you have a question. Keep in mind, while using this site, some differences may only be regional but an excellent resource to familiarize with signs from all over the states. Also, this is an excellent resource for quizzing yourself on a daily basis because they have different tests set up on the website. Also, it’s a helpful place for checking on an individual sign.
Review 3: This website will be very beneficial if you want to work on building your vocabulary. There are several possible dictionaries that you are able to access. For example, religious signs, a main dictionary, conversational and baby signing dictionary. Another wonderful feature this website offers, are quizzes to test your receptive skills. The site will give you feedback on right or wrong answers. If you struggle with fingerspelling, you can pick how many words, and at what pace they will be produced. So, if you need any assistance in these areas of the interpreting profession, I suggest this site.
Review 4: This is a free online website for people who want to learn sign language. I had not seen this until few months ago. I believe the best way to learn the language by socializing with deaf people and make friends. However, this is a secondary tool that can also to use. They provide quizzes and videos to improve receptive skills. It is a great tool for people who are beginners.
Review 5: I have found ASL Pro to be a great resource through the years. I have learned a lot of new vocabulary through this site. There are many helpful parts to this resource, there are fingerspelling quizzes, sign quizzes, a main dictionary, a religious dictionary, a conversational dictionary, and even a baby signs dictionary. This site has a variety of signers so you work on your receptive skills by seeing different hands and styles, you increase your knowledge of signs, and you can work on your production by copy signing. I have treasured this resource from the first day I used it. It has been so helpful and I would highly recommend it to new interpreters and experienced interpreters who want to brush up on their vocabulary.
Review 6: ASL Pro is a very helpful website if you are needing to find a quick sign or needing to brush up on your fingerspelling. It has a variety of topics such as: the main dictionary, religious dictionary, conversational signs, and fingerspelling quizzes. You can simply look up the word and watch an example of how it may be signed. I do advise you to ask a deaf person if possible before using this sight, but it is a great second option. I have found it most helpful in showing me religious signs. All of the dictionaries are very useful and a way to find an answer quickly. As interpreters many times quick answers are all we have time for.
Review 7: ASL Pro is proclaimed to be a free resource for teachers. Teachers could create accounts and personalize a quiz for their students. They also can allow them to see an ASL model other than their teacher. It is not meant to be a stand-alone tool for learning but can be utilized along with a formal education. It has a main dictionary, religious dictionary, ASL baby dictionary, and a conversational dictionary. It also has a quiz feature for everyday signs, fingerspelling, religious signs and a place for teachers to make specific quizzes for their students. It is a great resource for anyone who has a question on a specific sign or wants to improve on a very specific vocabulary. It is also helpful in the use of quizzing and learning that way.
Review 8: This website provides a comprehensive ASL dictionary that can be used by interpreters to check signs, as well as learn new signs to build up their repertoire. Areas covered include: everyday signs, religious signs, baby signs, and conversational signs. This site also provides fingerspelling and sign quizzes to test comprehension of the fingerspelling and various signs. Interpreters can take these quizzes and tailor them to meet their needs with interpreting. This is a good “go to” resource for any interpreter.
Review 9: This is a free online ASL dictionary. It has a main dictionary,a religious sign dictionary, and a conversational dictionary, as well as an ASL for babies dictionary. One neat things that this site also has is a quiz section, you can quiz yourself on both religious and everyday signs, as well as fingerspelling. This site allows for quick access to an ASL dictionary where you can the citation form of a sign that you need to know. It is also cool that it is a donation site that allows people to make donations, and you can also purchase ASL merchandise.
ASL UNIVERSITY - www.lifeprint.com
Review: This website has a host of information related to ASL vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, culture, and lots more. The good thing about this website is that it is continuously updated with more information. Good for interpreting students needing to increase their ASL vocabulary (the site is good about explaining about regional signs and checking with your local Deaf Community to be sure they use a particular sign). There is a fingerspelling tool so you can watch fingerspelling at various speeds to increase your receptive fingerspelling skills.
DEAF CULTURE - www.deafculture.com
Review: There are a lot of people who are much involved in the Deaf Community, but they do not always understand our culture. This website contains basic information about our culture. It is very important for interpreters and interpreting students to be engaged to our culture. You can browse the website and gather information from there. For example, we believe if people haven’t played our game, The Elephant Game, they are not even there. Once they played that game, they will understand our deaf culture. This website is a start and has basic information about the deaf culture.
DEAF CULTURE ONLINE - http://www.deaf-culture-online.com/deafculture.html
Review: This website proclaims that it is everything you’ve wanted to know about Deaf culture and then some. It states that the website was created to bring people as many perspectives on being deaf and hard of hearing as possible. It focuses mainly on Deaf culture but it also proclaims that it is all-inclusive and covers the topics of American Sign Language, resources for parents with deaf children, baby sign language, topics within deafness, topics within hard of hearing, current trends, communication preferences, and stress management and wellness. The website is easily navigated, with tabs on the left hand side. It is very helpful because it covers a variety of topics that come up when being a hearing person in the world of deafness in one easy location.
DEAF LINX - http://www.deaflinx.com
Review: This website offers information and links to other sites regarding American Sign Language, Deaf culture and community issues/history. The site offers articles on Audism, Deaf events, Linguistics, Interpreting etc. There is also vlogs and blogs which will help interpreters stay up to date with the Deaf community while working on receptive and or voicing skills. This website is almost an all in one stop for things related to interpreting and the Deaf.
DEAF MD - http://www.deafmd.org/
Review 1: This is a website that is dedicated to providing factual information about different diseases and illnesses. There are descriptions of these illnesses that are provided both in sign language and in written text. This website also offers free weekly e-newsletters. This site could provide great study material for those that are interested in medical interpreting. It conveys great use of space and classifiers, and may even be great classroom material for ASL classes. Students could memorize and perform a segment for the class and it would be a great learning experience for every student.
Review 2: DeafMD is a fairly new website that was created to give explanations of illnesses, tests, and diseases in ASL. The website only has a couple of different signers, but it still gives exposure to a more advanced ASL as well as a better medical vocabulary.
Review 3: This website is a very informative website and can be a very good resource tool for deaf people and interpreters as well. This website was recently established to bridge the gap between Medicine and the American deaf community. This website can be used for interpreters to look and see what some signs may look like in regards to medical interpreting. This website provides a registry of deaf friendly doctors in the area you may live in so that can be a useful tool to have. If you are an interpreter doing a lot of medical interpreting or a interpreter aspiring to do medical interpreting this will be a wonderful website.
Review 4: Deaf MD is an awesome resource for interpreters who work in medical settings. This website can be used to learn about medical condition for your own benefit and also helps you know how to explain conditions in ASL for your deaf consumers to better understand. One great benefit I have taken away from Deaf MD is how to appropriately use classifiers to explain parts of the body like the respiratory system and how air is transported through the body. I think it is very helpful, especially with classifiers for the body.
Review 5: This is a medical website where the introductions and descriptions of disorders, diseases, and other issues are all in ASL. This is good for anyone wanting to learn medical terms and see the use of classifiers. When visiting the website there is an introductory video in ASL. On the right, there are options where you can search A-Z for diseases and illnesses, instructions on how to read tests, and how to find deaf-friendly doctors in your area. Each video contains different options to choose. This would be good for any interpreters because you never know when this type of scenario could come up. This would also be good not only for vocabulary but also for classifier use.
DEAF MISSIONS - www.deafmissions.org
Review: This website is an evangelical site to help spread the gospel to Deaf ASL users all over the world. Only 3% of Deaf people have access to God’s word and this website it determined to change that. They have for purchase, the Bible in ASL, brochures to pass out, and a wide range of devotion books for Deaf people. They also have a sermon series called LINK that provides Deaf people with access to “the message,” while at home. It also provides religious interpreters with a Deaf language model and lets them see how common phrases and signs are used.
DEAFNATION - http://deafnation.com/
Review: DeafNation is a collection of videos in American Sign Language that cover all topics and range from short to long. It provides videos of signers from different ages, ethnics groups, regions, and backgrounds that range from formal to informal. This website would be a good tool for Sign to Voice practice as well as for language exposure.
DEAF READ - http://www.deafread.com/
Review: A very important thing for all students and interpreters is to continue to be up to date on everything going on in the world. By accessing DeafRead.com on a weekly basis, not only will everyone stay informed of all that is going on in the world and in the Deaf community, but they will also stay up to date on new signs being utilized in the community. It also allows for more exposure to deaf people outside of the community in which they spend the majority of their time. Watching the v-logs is also a good resource to use to practice voicing skills.
DEAF READ VLOGS - http://www.deafread.com/vlogs/
Review: This is a very interesting website full of vlogs and blogs dealing with deafness, issues in the Deaf community, and other stories in ASL. It is good because it helps to give updates as to what is going on in the community as well as different signers and styles. This would especially be good for students to practice voicing and gain vocabulary. In addition, it would be a helpful way to learn grammar from Deaf people and other ASL users. By seeing the styles, it would better prepare students for their future career. This website could be used as voicing practice for students as well as working interpreters.
DEAF RESOURCE LIBRARY - http://www.deaflibrary.org/
Review: The Deaf Resource Library is self-proclaimed as a virtual library -- an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. It includes: Deaf Bibliographies, Deaf Community Resources, Deaf related network resources, National/State Organizations of the Deaf, for the Deaf, Deaf Culture, School and Universities, Scholarships, Deaf/ASL Clubs, Linguistics/Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages, resources for Deaf kids and their parents, resources for deaf gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, Churches/Ministries/Synagogues of/for the Deaf, Interpreting/Relay resources, captioning resources, Americans with Disabilities Act resources, resources for the hard-of-hearing and late deafened, cued speech information, deaf-owned businesses, and other online resources. It is a helpful resource because it lists almost all resources known in deafness all over the world and that can benefit students, interpreters or really anyone desiring to learn more about deafness.
DEAF SPOT - www.deafspot.net
Review: This has lots of information, a place where deaf people have access to resources. It’s a deaf community online. They have all kinds of information - from education to captioned movies. If they wanted to meet a deaf person or look for somebody to date, they can go on here. They also listed deaf events as well. It has everything that someone would want to look for and provides them with information access to whatever they need. Everything in one page, I think this site is awesome. This website would be a good start for someone who feels left out and is not familiar with people who are deaf. It would also be good for people who are deaf and were not yet involved in the deaf community.
DEAF STUDIES DIGITAL JOURNAL - http://dsdj.gallaudet.edu/
Review 1: I recently attended a workshop where I learned about Gallaudet’s Deaf Studies Digital Journal. This is an outstanding resource for interpreters wanting to improve their ASL to English interpreting skills. This site offers an abundance of information in a higher register of ASL which will allow interpreters to be able to play with their voicing style. You can work on improving your formal presenting register, your vocal control, and matching the style and intent of the presenter. I find this site very useful as I try to improve my ability to voice for formal settings. It is not only a great resource for practicing voicing it is also a great way to increase your knowledge of various subject that are of interest in the Deaf world.
Review 2: This is the first journal published exclusively in American Sign Language. While still in its first year of publication, DSDJ provides a good selection of videos in American Sign Language covering various topics. These videos are of an academic nature and are presented in a more formal register. This website would be a good resource for practicing Sign to Voice interpreting as well as practicing receptive skills.
DR. BILL VICARS’ AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FINGERSPELLING PRACTICE - http://asl.ms/
Review 1: This website is perfect for fingerspelling practice. Once opening a window, the practice begins. Simply type in the answer and the practice continues. Perfect for practice for a few minutes every day, and it is an easy site to maneuver through.
Review 2: This site focuses on practicing reading fingerspelling and improving your receptive skills. It has several different settings including: the maximum number of letters ranging from 3-any, and speeds ranging from slow-Deaf. It also has other categories that are helpful in learning including: names, common letter combinations, a setting which you can have it spell something specific, fingerspelling chart, ABC slideshow, several printable charts, letter close-ups, an American Sign Language dictionary, and an ASL lesson plan for home schooling. It is a great resource for students or interpreters who are looking to improve on their receptive skills when it comes to fingerspelling. It is also linked as a part of www.lifeprint.com.
HANDSPEAK - http://www.handspeak.com/
Review: This site offer an ASL dictionary along with ASL grammar. You can have access to ASL storytelling and poetry as well. Its neat that this site has words of the day, and phrases of the week to look at when you search the site. This site has both the American manual alphabet and the British manual alphabet.
POPTECH - http://www.poptech.org/
ACADEMIC EARTH - http://academicearth.org/about
TEACHER TUBE - http://www.teachertube.com/
TED - http://www.ted.com/
YOUTUBE EDU - http://www.youtube.com/education
FORA.TV - http://fora.tv/
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM - http://www.weforum.org/en/index.htm
Review: All of the above websites provide an excellent opportunity for either Voice to Sign interpreting or incidental learning. All of these websites were designed for educational purposes and cover almost every topic imaginable and range in length from minutes to hours.
JEHANNE VLOG - http://jehanne.wordpress.com/
Review: This is a young woman who will give you a challenge. She is a left hand singer who does vlogs on all different topics. Not only does she do vlogs by herself but she also does interviews with famous people and just other friends and family. It can be difficult but just stick with her and it will get easier. This is also very beneficial as well because she does these vlogs in all types of register so we get to practice that as well as it shows us her from when she was growing up till now. She is a quick signer and has a unique style.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF BLACK INTERPRETERS - http://naobi.org/
Review: The National Alliance of Black Interpreters otherwise known as NAOBI is an organization to support Interpreters who are African American. This organization’s and its members try and are a good cultural fit for interpreting in the African-American Deaf community. This website is a good resource for those African-American interpreters in the community who do not have knowledge that there is an organization that supports black interpreters. It could be a good resource to potentially becoming a member where there is a possibility of meeting other interpreters who are black and can be used as a support system.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF - www.nad.org
Review 1: Excellent website related to current events within the Deaf Community. On this website there is good information from laws, advocacy, early intervention, technology, American Sign Language and much more. This is a good resource to refer others to for more information. There are also videos which are useful in practicing ASL to English skills and as well as working within a more formal register requiring a higher level of vocabulary.
Review 2: This is the website for the National Association of the Deaf. It contains important news and issues in the Deaf community as well as other important information for interpreters. This website has videos given in a formal register in academic ASL, which would be good for all interpreters to practice. Academic ASL is a recently new idea and has not really been studied or defined until just recently. In some of the videos seen on this website, academic ASL is used and would be good to practice and see. Also, because this website is up to date on current events in the Deaf community as well as other issues interpreters should check it regularly. When interpreting or when socializing with the Deaf community, these issues and topics come up. It makes it easier on the interpreter if he/she already knows key words and vocabulary.
NATIONAL BLACK DEAF ADVOCATES - http://www.nbda.org/
Review: National Black deaf advocates is a national organization in support and advocate for African-American individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. This website can be a good resource to use for interpreters to stay abreast of issues that may be prominent in the Black deaf community on a national Scale.
OIC MOVIES - http://www.oicmovies.com/
Review 1: OIC Movies is another great resource for interpreters who want to improve their voicing skills. OIC movies provide ASL interpretations on various subjects, from ASL jokes to the latest news in magazines. This site is a great way to improve your ASL to English interpreting, there are a variety of presenters and differing topics that will allow your receptive skills to take off. I have found this site very helpful and highly recommend it to those wanting to practice ASL to English interpreting. For those interpreters who have a hard time voicing jokes this is a great place to practice, cultural mediation is needed in many jokes and this gives you an opportunity to learn new jokes and practice actually making them funny for those hearies in the audience!
Review 2: This particular website is a good website for interpreters who may be comfortable with Voice to Sign but struggle with or Sign to voice or may need more practice. This website can be used for various reasons; it is very informative in regards to current events and at the same time can help interpreters improve their receptive skills. Interpreters can also use this website to observe many different signing styles because people from all over update videos.
Review 3: A very important thing for all students and interpreters is to continue to be up to date on everything going on in the world. By accessing oicmovies on a weekly basis not only will everyone stay informed of all that is going on in the world and in the Deaf community but they will also stay up to date on new signs being utilized in the community. It also allows for more exposure to deaf people outside of the community in which they spend the majority of their time. Watching the v-logs is also a good resource to use to practice voicing skills, and for students, a site teachers may use for voice to sign assignments and tests.
Review 4: OIC movies have different ASL videos that people send in from all over for those who enjoy watching ASL stories, catch up on news and get some laughs with some jokes. Also it provides videos under these categories; entertainment, know-how, money, health, tech & science, travel, opinion, etc. This is a good place where interpreters can go to practice their receptive skills, voicing skills. This place is an excellent recourse because there are a variety of different deaf people so it would be very challenging and will improve your skills.
Review 5: This is a website composed of stories, news, and jokes told in ASL. It’s a great tool for student to expose themselves to various signing styles as well as different registers.
Review 6: This is a great website to visit because all of the videos are done in ASL. It’s a free, members only site that has open discussions that include news, entertainment, how-to guides, money, health, technology, vlogs, and opinions. Members are able to submit their own videos, and thus there is a great variety of different ages and backgrounds. Members are emailed once a week and are shown a list of links to videos that relate to current events and popular news stories. It is also a great site for interpreting students to practice their sign-to-voice skills.
Review 7: This website provides numerous examples of ASL videos including: news, stories, jokes, information, how-to videos, etc. These videos are good source material for working on voicing skills. Interpreters can sign up with this site for free and receive many videos. You will also receive emails that notify you of new ASL videos that relate with current events. This site provides many different signers to give variety and work on comprehension skills. By watching these videos and practicing voicing them into a recorder, an interpreter can see improvement in their work.
Review 8: This website is great for practicing sign-to-voice interpreting. This website is made up of numerous videos in which mostly deaf signers want to share a story or inform the community about this or that. It is extremely useful because it can expose interpreters to a wide array of signers with various educational backgrounds, difference in age, and an assortment of perspectives on various topics. It is also a great place when wanting to work on the skill of matching with our consumer’s affect. Affect is important when interpreting one topic or situation to the next, and this website provides several videos to get this type of practice and to improve this particular skill.
Review 9: This is a great website to use if you’re simply needing to stay up to date in news or looking for a laugh to get you through the rest of your day. It’s a great place to find ASL videos to either practice your voicing skills or see different signing styles. It gives great incite from many Deaf individuals on their opinions in news and simply reporting the latest news. Vlogs are also available to see through this website. It’s a simple yet very challenging way to practice voicing for many highly skilled and fluent signers.
Review 10: You must become a member to use this site, it is free. The site will send you a link to the recently added videos every week. The videos are grouped in different categories and have many different signers. This is very helpful to use for receptive practice and voicing. The topics discussed are also up to date and touch on the hot topics within the Deaf community. This is a great way to work on your interpreting skills and stay in touch with current events in the Deaf community.
Review 11: This website will include a variety of subjects. Some of these subjects include; vlogs, entertainment, health, and money. The only down side to this website is that you must register and become a member, before you can access this site. Although, I would recommend that you go ahead and register for this website, because it will help your in many ways. It can improve your receptive skills, if you choose to voice them, it would be good practice, and can help you stay updated on important information in the deaf community. For example, one video talk about social security insurance, while another is about the three bears.
Review 12: This website will include a variety of subjects. Some of these subjects include; vlogs, entertainment, health, and money. The only down side to this website is that you must register and become a member, before you can access this site. Although, I would recommend that you go ahead and register for this website, because it will help your in many ways. It can improve your receptive skills, if you choose to voice them, it would be good practice, and can help you stay updated on important information in the deaf community. For example, one video talk about social security insurance, while another is about the three bears.
Review 13: This website provides lots of videos with various signers and various topics. Topics such as news, information, jokes, stories, etc. This is a good practice to watch different styles of signing as well as practicing interpreting ASL to English. Good practice on how to make Deaf jokes funny for hearing audiences. Note: you have to register in order to use the videos.
Review 14: This website contains many different videos on a range of topics and is almost similar to a blog site. The person who runs this website takes different videos from various sources and compiles them. It would be helpful to get news in the deaf community as well as information about various subjects in ASL. This would be good for interpreters to practice voicing, as there are different signers and registers. Besides voicing, there is the opportunity to see different signers, styles, and signs, which would be especially good for VRS interpreters. It would be good for interpreting students as well to get a feel for the variety of signers and topics that exist. To use this website you must give an email and a password. Afterwards you come to the homepage where you have the option of viewing many different videos.
Review 15: OIC movies, is a well organized site that has ASL videos that include everything from news and entertainment to technology and opinion pieces. There is a wide variety of vlogs that can be found on this site. This site allows you to suggest videos that you want to see as well as post your own. And along with this variety of videos, again it allows for the students to see a range of registers as well as a range of signs and signing styles.
Review 16: This woman, as well as other members of the deaf community, as all on this website providing information on everything. This is an excellent resource for individuals wanting to learn about random thing about stuff we overlook on a daily basis. There is a variety of individuals on this site, so this is perfect for working and improving your receptive skills.
REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF - http://www.rid.org/
Review 1: This website will help because it solely focuses on the interpreting profession. On this site it will provide many resources to aid you along your journey. For example, if you need to take the any portion of the certification tests, this site will be the most helpful. This site provides videos relating to the Code of Professional Conduct, which will help you interpret a more formal register. It also connects you to other websites related to deaf culture, interpreting, and so on.
Review 2: RID is a great way for interpreters to stay up to date on current information view their COE (code of ethics) and find other interpreters in there area and many other things. RID’s function is to support their members by providing the foundation needed to further their careers while ensuring quality services to the Deaf community. Not only is it support but we as interpreters can go to this website for not only support but also for practicing sign to voice. This website is a great place to find “academic ASL”. Here you can find a variety of vlogs and deaf people that all have academic ASL. Visit this website to improve your register and your knowledge of academic ASL.
Review 3: It would be beneficial for student and interpreters to be familiar with this website since it has several resources for interpreters. It contains information on how to find and hire an interpreter, news related to interpreting and the Deaf community, as well as upcoming workshops.
Review 4: This is the official website of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. It can be very helpful in many ways. You can consult this cite if you have questions about licensure or certification tests; also, if you need to find other interpreters in your area. The way I have found this most helpful recently is in watching the video’s it offers. There are many speeches given by Bobby Beth Scoggins in a higher register of ASL that will give a good way for any interpreter to practice their formal voicing skills. This website would be helpful to any interpreter needing to practice a higher register or voicing or signing.
Review 5: This site is a really important site for anyone wanting to become an interpreter. It has detailed describes of the Interpreting Code of ethics, as well as information about educational opportunities and certification. It also makes available a list of the up and coming conferences. And provides the latest RID news for everyone to read, including meeting notes/minutes available. It also provides publications that you can access and read. And an RID store where you can purchase a range of different items.
SARAH JONES VIDEO - http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/sarah_jones_as_a_one_woman_global_village.html
Review: This specific video is good source material to work on expressive skills. There are significant amounts of role shifting within the source material, making it a good video to practice using role shifting in ASL. With having different characters, it is a good video to work on affect with. This is a challenging video that will increase the skills of interpreters who practice with it.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD STORYLINE ONLINE - www.storylineonline.net
Review: This website provides popular children’s stories read aloud by famous actors such as Melissa Gilbert, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Earl Jones and many, many more. The character personifications provide an excellent way to practice English to ASL interpreting. What is particularly good about this site is being able to practice skills such as role shift, affect, classifiers and space. The stories are also of various lengths which provides a good way to build up to lengthier pieces. Especially useful to those working in elementary education.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER TRAINING PROGRAMS - http://multilingualbooks.com/aslschools.html
Review: While this may not necessarily be a website for interpreters to improve skills or add to their knowledge relating to the world of interpreting and deaf studies, it can still directly relate. Basically, this site lists all of the interpreter training programs throughout the United States, says whether to College/University provides an AA or a BA/BS, and provides the link for each of these schools. I know for me personally, when I was entering as an ITP student, and now even when I am about at graduation time, I was always curious of the various interpreter training schools that were out there. I think it is a fun bit of information for interpreters to have and then possibly to use if/when deciding to go back to school, brush up on their education, or pursue new areas when they become more specific with interpreting.
SIGNING SAVVY - http://www.signingsavvy.com/
Review: One of the most comprehensive ASL dictionaries on the web, SigningSavvy.com is a great, quick resource to look up a possible sign for a word. It is important to note that not all Deaf people use the signs on this site but it can be a good starting place. One thing about this online dictionary that makes it differ from others is the fact that it differentiates between synonyms. For example “Left” can mean the direction, to depart, or to leave something behind. This is the first dictionary to show the conceptual difference between the three and therefore would be the most accurate site to use by anyone needing a “quick fix”.
STORY CORPS - www.storycorps.org
Review 1: Storycorps is a wonderful website, it offers a variety of stories about peoples lives. The topics are endless and really interesting. This website is really beneficial for us as interpreters because you can practices on so many different skills such as, expressions, classifiers, use of space, role shifts and really this makes you really think about what the actual meaning is behind what they are saying. The pace of the speakers varies which helps because as an interpreters you never know what you type of pace or accent a person will have when you are at a job, so this can prepare you for any of this. I really enjoyed this website and it really has help to improve my skills in all different areas.
Review 2: This website has several different options to assist you in developing your voice-to-sign interpreting skill. Here you can have the opportunity to listen to a variety of stories from a number of people. In some of the stories, there are two people. This can benefit you in continuing your role shifts. But most importantly can help in working on expressing the appropriate affect. Another interesting feature is that you have the ability to upload your own story, and your peers/colleagues can interpret your story.
Review 3: This is a website that will help you improve your listening and memory skills through listening to normal people tell their everyday life stories. It’s a website full of people who want to share their stories with others. The stories rang from a mother and son reflecting on what it was like for the son to have a sister who is deaf, to a couple telling the story of how a baseball field came to be named after their son. You will be able to practice your affect (conveying the appropriate emotion) as well as working on classifiers and role shift. I found this website helpful because it gave real emotion and real situations. You may be faced with many similar stories in your interpreting career.
STUDY SHACK - http://www.studystack.com/menu-155303
Review: This website is great for students and newer interpreters as well as seasoned interpreters because not only is it a great study site for those who are studying to take the NIC Written Exam it is also a great way to keep minds fresh about the current standards of interpreting. It offers a variety of methods to study by so that it can help anyone regardless of their learning styles. With everything from flashcards to fill in the blank, this site is sure to help people study hard, or refresh their brains!
Review: This video is good source material to work on affect and storytelling. The multiple characters within the story also give opportunity to work on role shifting. The video also utilizes a lot of classifiers with which interpreters can work on reception and comprehension. Interpreters can work on voicing this video and work on improving their ability to distinguish one character from another.
TED: IDEAS WORTH SPREADING - http://www.ted.com/
Review 1: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”. TED.com is a lecture website that you can access free online. It is full of life stories, researchers, adventurers, and everyday people sharing their stories and information. As an interpreting student this has been very helpful for practicing English to ASL interpreting. It allows you to practice affect, role-shifting, jokes, register change and adds to your Fund of Information. This is great for practice because it is challenging but allows you to play with ASL and figure out what works best.
Review 2: TED.com provides intellectual lectures about a variety of topics. These topics are very complex with information. People come from all over the world to discuss the topics that they are very knowledgeable in. However this site is very intimidating because the lectures are not easy for interpreters to interpreter. This site will really push interpreters to improve on their ASL skills. It will increase your knowledge, improve you signing of academic ASL and improve your discourse makers. It is very hard but the more practice you have with it the more comfortable you will feel doing it.
Review 3: These stories, lectures or speeches are perfect for practicing one’s interpreting or transliterating skills. All you need is a computer with a camera, and the possibilities are endless. This is a great site as well to just build upon your general knowledge about the world around you.
Review 4: The ted.com website in general is a good site for voicing material to work on signing. There are several videos available in various lengths and topics. Interpreters can work on listening to the videos and work on signing the information. If recorded, the interpreter can review the signing and check for message equivalency.
Review 5: This is a website that we commonly used in our ITP classes, and it is great for practicing voice-to-sign interpreting. When you go to the link, there is a place on the left side you can click on the get videos that include different types of speeches. These include: persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful, funny, and informative. I think this is extremely helpful because interprets can practice signing into various registers and work on the skill of changing from one register to the next in order to best fit the needs of their audience and the person who is speaking. Additionally, the website covers topics from A to Z, and through this practice, it is useful in learning about new subjects, topics, world events, etc.
Review 6: TED provides a place to go to expand your thinking and expand your knowledge of current issues in the world around you. It was a very professional yet extremely interesting website. They bring in many people who are highly skilled in a particular area to discuss their area of expertise. The topics can range from the following: technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues. There are others but that is just a glimpse of all the knowledge waiting to be discovered by anyone wanting to find a quick easy way to stay up to date on some of the worlds current hot topics. TED will be able to give you the chance to practice your interpreting in more or a formal setting and higher English register.
Review 7: This website can be rather intimidating, but challenging at the same time. On this site there are speakers, presenting on a wide range of topics, from a short or long duration. You’ll notice that you can search by specific topics, or under new releases, comments of the week, to jaw dropping lectures. Although, some of these topics may be very complex, it is possible to find those that are less difficult (but this will take time to research and find). But I encourage this website, because it could build on your academic ASL, and improve your extra linguistic knowledge, about broad topics.
Review 8: This website is a collection of lectures from professionals, professors, inventors, doctors, and so forth from around the world. They come and present to an audience filled with similarly educated people. These presentations are high register and are good to practice. On the website, you can choose specific topics and choose from a variety of speakers and lengths. These videos are very challenging for interpreters and would be a good way to practice and study. It would challenge the interpreter because many of them have specific vocabulary and technological terms. This would be good for students and experienced interpreters alike as there is a variety to choose from some harder than others.
TED: IDEAS WORTH SPREADING (Jill Taylor lecture) - http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
Review: This is a TED lecture by Jill Bolte Taylor. It’s a captivating, yet heart-wrenching lecture about Jill’s stroke and how it has affected her ability to function and how it has changed her personality. It’s an interesting perspective because she is a brain scientist. She explains what responsibilities different parts of the brain have and how her life changed after the stroke. This is an educational video, but it is also a great video for students to use for practice with voice-to-sign interpreting. It uses a good amount of medical terminology, and it also has quite a few metaphors. This is a great lecture that forces interpreters to think outside the box and to really find a good balance between a high register and moments of comedic relief.
TOP OF FORM ASL UNIVERSITY - http://www.lifeprint.com/
Review: The ASL University not only has a library of how to sign specific signs but it also has a library of resources, art, bookstore, workshop presenters, dictionary, fingerspelling explanations and quizzes, glossary, interpreting, jokes, numbers, reflections of an ASL student, a journal, terminology, workbook to download, why to study ASL, and archives. It is a wonderful resource for students, interpreters, and any people interested in deafness. The dictionary could be used to help learn different signs and increase vocabulary. It also has resources like summer and spring immersions to help with development of ASL skills.
VL2: VISUAL LANGUAGE AND VISUAL LEARNING - http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/
Review: This website features information and research related with the acquisition of sign language as well as opportunities for employment and internships. It also gives a list of presentations being made a Gallaudet, as well as different documents that may be related to those presentations.
YOUTUBE - www.youtube.com
Review 1: Everything that you could imagine is on here. In our day and age, technology is almost too good. We have videos of literally everything from everyday conversations to beautiful heartfelt stories. There is a plethora of options of this website to ensure improvement. Basically to use, you just search whatever type of genre you are looking for.
Review 2: If you search something like: “ASL songs”, or just “ASL” then several videos will pop up. Although you need to use caution to make sure they are accurately signed, there are some really good videos. These can help students see that you can play with the language as well as learn how to interpret songs. It will help students and interpreters think outside of the box.
Review 3: People just post videos here, it helps you stay updated with different vlogs and things that deaf people post to this website. This website is helpful because there is anything and everything you would ever need or want to see on this website.
Review 4: Youtube is beneficial in so many ways. An interpreting student can access to videos to practice both their signing and their voicing all on one site. And also the range of registers that you can is endless, with subjects from A to Z. You can find lectures, how to's, stories, informational pieces. You can also find examples of a number of different sign language, ex: British and Japanese.
YOUTUBE: INTERPRETATION OF A SONG “HANDLEBARS’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKngS7dbrNs
Review: This is a YouTube video of a young man’s interpretations of a song by the Flobots called “Handlebars.” It’s a song about human power and destruction. I find this ASL interpretation to be an amazing example of dropping the form of a sentence but keeping the meaning. I think that he does an excellent job of conveying exactly what the song means but he rarely restates any of the lyrics verbatim. I believe that this would be a great song to show to students to help aid them in the understanding of what “dropping form” means. It also shows the importance of space in ASL, and it gives great examples of classifiers and nonmanual markers.
YOUTUBE: ABOUT CUED SPEECH - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv2uMo_ha4c
Review: This is a YouTube video of parents and their children using cued speech. Many interpreters may be interested in learning cued speech and using it during their professional career, but may feel overwhelmed by amount of new information. I feel as though this is a great video to show people what cued speech means. If an interpreter has the same dedication to learn cued speech, they can most certainly learn it just as quickly (if not faster) than the parents of these children did. It’s interesting to see such a unique form of communication among deaf and hearing people.