Context, Cues and Communication Strategies:
A practical application of discourse analysis for interpreting

Facilitator: Betsy Winston, Ph.D.
Dates: July 20-August 23, 2020 (4+1 Format)

Understanding discourse and discourse analysis is essential for interpreters, interpreter educators, and frankly, for anyone who participates in communication! Communication and interpreting are, after all, nothing more nor less than discourse analysis in action. In this webinar, we explore discourse as language in use, exploring four major themes in discourse analysis:

  1. emerging meaning
  2. interaction
  3. a series of choices and decisions
  4. context

Although the primary focus is on topics especially relevant to ASL/English interpreters, educators, and consumers, it is relevant to anyone interested in the study of interpreting and translating. Join us in discussion about discourse analysis, and its applications and implications for interpreters, educators, and consumers.

During the 5 weeks (4+1 format) of this interactive online learning community, we will actively discuss the topics and applications during Weeks 1-4; Week 5 is a time for overall reflection, and/or a focus on and discussion  of any projects you might choose to complete about this topic. Through the discussions, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Discuss four major ideas about discourse analysis (emerging meaning, interaction, language choices and decisions, and the impact of context) based on your reading of supplied materials. Discussion occurs via online forums.
    • Synthesize your understanding and learning through optional summaries of discussions and readings.
    • Apply your learning to interpreting, interpreter education, and consumer needs, through discussion and optional projects.
      • Specific Pre-requisite skills/knowledge: Experience interpreting and or teaching interpreting.
      • Languages: This online Learning Community is accessible via written English readings. Discussion forums may also include ASL and/or International Sign Language postings-participants need to supply written English translations.

 Logistics & Materials

    • Required Text: None! Note that the discussions are based on sections of up-coming text: Discourse Analysis: Context, Cues and Communication Strategies: A practical application of discourse analysis for interpreting! The relevant chapters will be provided online for every participant.
    • Interactive online discussions: To facilitate active online discussions, registration is typically limited to between 8-15 people.
    • Cost: $210.00  $105.00 each webinar: We recognize the challenges of COVID-19! Registration fee is reduced 50%
      • Returning TIEM webinar participants receive 20% discount! $84.00
      • Want more time? Participants repeating the same webinar: $25.00 $15.00 if space is available.
      • Webinar Refunds: 50% refund if requested in writing 15 days before start of event; no other refunds are available, unless the webinar is canceled due to low enrollment (less than 8, at discretion of Facilitator).
  • Times: At your own convenience during the dates, but there are specific times/dates for assignments.
  • Location: In your favorite chair, home or office…in your pajamas?
  • Target Audience: Interpreters, Educators, Mentors (experience level – intermediate thru advanced)


Schedule & Format (Tentative)

Saturday, July 18, 12:01AMMonday—-Thursday, 11:59PMACTIVE PARTICIPATION ON TOPICS
Friday—-Sunday, 11:59PM
Wk. 1
July 20-26
Introduction: Value of Discourse Analysis

Theme #1: Emerging Meaning
Wk. 2
July 27-Aug 2
Theme #1 continuedTheme #2: Interaction
Wk. 3
Aug 3-9
Theme #2 continuedTheme #3: Choices & Decisions
Wk. 4
Aug 10-16
Theme #4: ContextThemes #3&4 continued
Wk. 5
Aug 17-23
Reflective Review and Project (if doing one)

RID CEUs Professional Studies CEUs can be earned by participating in this webinar. These are provided as a part of your registration fee, but each participant must track and submit documentation at the end of the webinar in order to receive RID CEUs. More information about this process will be provided at the beginning of the webinar.

Please contact with questions and for detailed information about earning RID CEUs. Documentation for earning CEUs must be submitted no later than 10 days after the end of the webinar.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to discuss new ideas with colleagues and peers!

Facilitator Bio:

Dr. Betsy Winston
Dr. Betsy Winston, Ph.D.

Dr. Betsy Winston is the Director of the Teaching Interpreting Educators and Mentors (TIEM) Center, a Center focused on excellence and integrity in interpreter and mentor education and research. Her areas of expertise include teaching and research in interpreting, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, English and ASL discourse analysis, interpreting skills development, educational interpreting, multimedia applications in ASL research and teaching, and teaching at a distance. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Linguistics with a focus in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University, and an M.Ed. in Technology & Education from Western Governors University. Dr. Winston has been honored by CIT and RID in 2000 with the Mary Stotler Award, for her contributions to the field of Interpreter Education; in 2016, she received the Outstanding Service to Interpreting award from NAD, as a member of the RID Certification Committee. 


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