Linguistics & Interpreting: Making Linguistic Awareness Work for You (NVCC)

  • 21 Mar 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...

"Linguistics & Interpreting: Making Linguistic Awareness Work for You"

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 Presented by Tess Rademacher & Miako Villanueva


VIEW FLYER: 3.21.2020 flyer.pdf

When: Saturday, March 21, 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: 

This workshop will frame interpreting as a cognitive linguistic process, allowing participants to apply a usage-based perspective of language and communication to the choices we make in our interpretations every day. We will discuss communication and language in depth, re-framing the interpreting process as consistent decision making.. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities focused on discourse features, ASL and English sentence structures, context cues, etc. This workshop will challenge the standard way of thinking about interpreting, allowing you to take control of your processing, making it work for you!

Presenter Biographies:

Tess Rademacher  is a second year linguistics MA student at Gallaudet University, where she is currently studying interpreter pedagogy, efficacy of early intervention services for deaf and hard of hearing children, and cognitive linguistics. Holding a bachelors degree from Sienna Heights University in Sign Language Interpreting, Tess has been interpreting professionally since 2015 in a myriad of settings as a freelance interpreter in Michigan, Colorado, and now locally in the DMV area. Being born and raised in Michigan, she received interpreter training at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

Miako Villanueva is a Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Her specialization is applied linguistics and engaged research – incorporating knowledge and approaches gleaned from linguistic research directly into language teaching, curriculum development, language assessment, interpretation, and interpreting pedagogy.  Miako has been interpreting professionally since 2001, working primarily as an independent contractor specializing in advanced educational, government, business, religious, and performing arts settings. She received interpreter training from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, where she also worked as a residential coordinator at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

ADA Accommodations must be requested by March 21, 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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