Howling into the Void: The [real] Elephant in the Room

Screenshot of a tweet reading “Cynthia Bilderback Roy raising the reality of how our training is failing by taking in sign language interpreting students without Sign Language fluency. The elephant in the room is being named and it is time to address the impact of what we are doing. #1nt #1ntSL @WASLI_tweets @RID_Inc The photo shows a powerpoint slide with text and an image of a person (presumably Roy) speaking.
  1. Two-tiered systems for interpreting and language faculty within departments and higher education institutions
  2. Tenure lines for interpreting (hearing faculty) and none for language (deaf) faculty.
  3. CCIE’s requirement that the department chair be a certified interpreter
  4. The role of BICS and CALP in Interpreter Education
  5. Signing Naturally and the inability of senior interpreting faculty to diagnose and repair problems created by using SN
  6. Language attitudes (and audism) among hearing faculty
  7. Interpreting faculty who are so audist and ableist that they see language teaching as “beneath” them.
  8. The absolute and utter failure to enact a humanistically grounded approach to sign language teaching (this is a collective failure, caused by systems, including the nonexistence of a Ph.D. program for sign language teaching, and I won’t lay the entire burden of this on the hearing interpreting faculty although they, too, are accountable).

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