ASL Grammar presented by Paula Debes

  • 01 Feb 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003
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NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...

"ASL Grammar"

 Presented by Paula Debes


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When: Saturday, February 1, 2020

           9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

         Non-Members - $75.00

         NVCC Interpreting Students/Grant participants- Free

Location: NVCC

         8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

         Building CN, Room 227

NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be given at conclusion, Parking is open in Lot B or garage, Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in the morning

Workshop Information: 

In this workshop we will be discussing ASL grammar, focusing on various topics such as topic/comment structure, verb tenses, and passive vs. active voice, direct and indirect discourse (IE. Role shifting,) etc.  Participants will have the opportunity to translate a variety of texts from English into ASL.  We will also work on several interpretations and discuss different strategies for interpretations. This workshop will be conducted in ASL

Presenter Biography: Paula Reece, CI/CT

Paula Debes Reece is originally from New York City and she started her teaching career at the Lexington School for the Deaf.  She has also taught science to Deaf students at The Learning Center and at Woodson HS.  She currently is the Assistant Dean for the ASL and Interpreter Education Department at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus and has taught there since 2004.  She holds a MA degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel’s College and an M. Ed in Higher Education with a specialization in teaching Interpreting from Northeastern University.    In addition, she maintains her CI/CT certification from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf and Professional Level Certification from the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association. 

ADA Accommodations must be requested by January 31, contact Marla Pollack ( or Paula Debes (


"VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."

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