Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva

  • 23 Jun 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • 24 Jun 2017
  • 4:00 PM


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Working Smarter Together: Finding Meaning & Meaningful Mentoring

Presented by Miako Villanueva, PhD, CI & CT

0.8 CEUs in Professional Studies Offered

Where:           Four Points Sheraton

                       4700 S Laburum Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23231

Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:00-9:00PM (.2 CEUs)

Saturday, June 24th, 2017, 9:00AM-4:00PM (.6 CEUs)

Friday & Saturday: VRID Members - $80, Non Members - $115, VRID Student Members - $60

Friday ONLY: VRID Members - $30, Non Members - $45, VRID Student Members - $25

Saturday ONLY: VRID Members - $60, Non Members - $75, VRID Student Members - $45

POC:              Tammy Fortune,


These workshops are a review and exploration of comparative linguistics of ASL and English in a discussion format. We work in and between both languages every day. This is your chance to take a step back and ask the linguistics questions you've always wondered about. Our guiding framework will be the relationship between form and meaning at all levels (individual words, grammatical structures, discourse features) and how those relationships parallel or diverge when comparing ASL and English. In the Friday night session, we’ll take a huge step back, and consider how communication works, where meaning comes from, and what it means to express something in one language versus another. On Saturday, we’ll put that new perspective into practice, discussing specific linguistic issues in the mentoring environment. For each linguistic feature we discuss, we will analyze its impact on meaning in ASL, its impact on meaning in English, and the potential impacts during translation/interpretation. In pairs and small groups, we will engage in activities to practice direct application of linguistic approaches, including identifying and producing various grammatical structures, depiction, constructed action/constructed dialogue, and other discourse features. Together we will consider how current research in American Sign Language linguistics directly applies to our daily work in the field of ASL/English interpreting.This workshop will be conducted in ASL with no spoken English interpretation.


If you ask Miako Villanueva where she's from, you're likely to get a more complicated explanation than you expected. Although she has now lived in the DC metro area longer than anywhere else in her life, early years in Hawai'i, high school in small-town Arkansas, and young adulthood in Colorado all played formative roles in shaping who she is today. Miako was first introduced to the Deaf Community and ASL in Colorado Springs. Always fascinated by questions about how people understand each other (as evidenced by her Psychology major and German minor at Colorado College), she was blessed with a CHAMP Deaf teacher for her first ASL class (shout out to Jeannete Scheppach!). The desire to immerse herself in Deaf culture led to volunteer work and four years as a dorm supervisory at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (Go, Bulldogs!) as well as interpreter training at Pikes Peak Community College. Her insatiable curiosity and love of language and culture wouldn't allow her to stop there, however. In 2002 she followed her quest for more and deeper learning at Gallaudet University, where she pursued graduate studies in Linguistics, bleeding Buff and Blue as a proud Bison alum (MA 2004, PhD 2010). Miako is honored to now continue her learning as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet. She specializes in Applied Linguistics and engaged research - incorporating the knowledge, approaches, and understandings gleaned from linguistic research of ASL directly into language teaching and interpretation. Miako also maintains a thriving interpreting practice, working primarily as an independent contractor and specializing in advanced educational, performing arts, government, religious, and business settings. She particularly enjoys the overlap of linguistics and interpreting, and will take full advantage of any opportunity to discuss language and nerd out about the ever-changing dynamics that create the awesome challenge  that is interpreting. Consider yourself warned :D 

Target Audience:  experienced professional interpreters, recent ITP graduates, working interpreters, interpreter educators/mentors, interpreting consumers, and other stakeholders — anyone who wants to think about language and interpretation and how this whole thing works!

CEUs:  VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  This program is offered for 0.8 possible CEUs in the content area of professional studies.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by June 9, 2017, two weeks prior to the event activity.  No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. 

Reasonable Accommodations: If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Tammy Fortune by Jun 9, 2017.  Although requests for accommodations will be accepted after this date, VRID cannot guarantee the accommodation will be provided.

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