"I Can See it!" Presented Paula Reece

  • 05 Jun 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom (Virtual)


  • Non VRID Member

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Northern Virginia Community College &

VDOE Educational Interpreter Grant provided by Marla Pollack

in conjunction with VRID present

"I Can See it!"

Presented by Paula Reece

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

0.4 RID PS CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location: ZOOM

Flyer:  6.5.2021 flyer docx.docx

Cost:  VRID Members - $30.00

          VRID Non-Members - $40.00

          VDOE Grant Participants - $FREE with code

Registration: If you are a grant participant or student you will be asked to obtain a code to register at no cost: mspollack@fcps.edu

Workshop Description: 

Interpreters are often working hard to keep up with their English speakers so when we hear English utterances, our brains automatically come up with the ASL equivalents for the words that we hear. This is what we do, right?? But this can get in the way of visualizing entire concepts and using depictions and classifiers to describe what you are hearing. This skill requires continued practice. We will discuss the types of depictions/ classifiers and the ongoing discussions of these terms by linguists and ASL teachers. We will analyze several clips of ASL users demonstrating depictions/ classifiers and constructed action. Finally, we will discuss strategies to incorporate more depiction into your interpreting work to further enhance your visual description in ASL.

Presenter Biographies: Paula Debes Reece, MA, 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. 


Paula Debes Reece                  Marla Pollack

703-232-3192                         571-982-1504

preece@nvcc.edu                     mspollack@fcps.edu

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