Deliberate Practice: ASL to English Skills Development

  • 05 Dec 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant 

in conjunction with VRID and J.S. Reynolds Community College present

Deliberate Practice: ASL to English Skills Development


Tammy Fortune

Date:  December 5, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location:  Online Format - Zoom


Workshop Description:During this workshop, participants will examine the importance of targeted deliberate practice as it pertains to receptive interpreting.  Participants will learn about the types of errors that can be made in ASL to English interpreting.  Participants will learn techniques that will help them assess their product in a specific way so that it becomes natural in their everyday work. Participants will also evaluate the product in such a way that over time will produce real results.  Participants will also put into practice these techniques and evaluations in the workshop. 

Because of the nature of this workshop, it will be presented in spoken English.

Presenter Biography:   Tammy Fortune, MBA is a CODA from Lynchburg, Virginia.  She began her interpreting career at age 17, as a post-secondary educational interpreter.  Upon her graduation from Liberty University in 1995 with her degree in Business Management, she was hired as a K-12 interpreter and obtained her VQAS in the same year. Her life has taken her as far as Florida, where she began working in the mental health setting as a staff interpreter at a mental health facility in Central Florida.  She obtained her Florida QAS in 2001 and her RID CI/CT in 2002.  During her time in Florida, she became the Interpreter Coordinator and Human Resources coordinator for the same facility, coordinating facility interpreters as well as national and international conference interpreting teams.  She has presented at RID affiliate chapter conferences and served on a panel for mental health interpreters. In 2007, she graduated from Liberty University with her Masters degree in Business Administration.  Since relocating back to her home state of Virginia, she has worked in various settings, both as a staff and freelance interpreter, specializing in medical, mental health, and educational settings (K-12 and post-secondary). In addition, she has discovered a passion for theater interpreting and has interpreted more than 65 plays since 2012.  From 2012-2020, she served as an adjunct interpreting instructor in the American Sign Language Interpreting program at Liberty University.  She has served as the VRID District IV Representative, Vice President, and as VRID President from 2016-2020.  Having worked 27 years of professional interpreting, she is currently studying for her Doctorate in Business Administration with a cognate in Leadership at Liberty University. 

Grant participants should contact Susan May,  susanmayk12@gmail.comfor the training code.  

VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.   This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.  If you have questions orrequire a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Susan May or Carrie Humphrey 


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