Discourse Mapping: Applied Discourse Analysis for Teaching Interpreting

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

Analytic discourse analysis a foundational skill for interpreters. Discourse mapping provides interpreters and students with the opportunity to analyze, research, and assess both source and target messages. Practicing discourse mapping, without the pressure of time that comes with simultaneous interpretation, builds confidence in the ability to understand and produce a clear message. As educators, we can use discourse mapping to guide students in developing language, interpreting, and self-assessment skills. This webinar provides an overview of the discourse mapping process and offers participants opportunities to discuss and practice various discourse mapping strategies that are relevant to their own educational settings and needs.

NOTE: Prior understanding of Discourse Analysis is needed for active participation in this webinar.

During the 5 weeks (4+1 format) of this interactive online learning community, 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.
    • Practice discourse mapping strategies with ASL and English source and target texts.
    • 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: Prior understanding of the concepts of discourse analysis; 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 the 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
    • Returning TIEM webinar participants receive 20% discount!  $84.00
    • Want to review? Repeat a webinar for $25.00 if space is available. $15.00
    • 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, 11:59PMFriday—-Sunday, 11:59PM
Wk. 1
July 20-26
Overview of Discourse Mapping for Interpreting Educators & MentorsContinued discussion & practice
Wk. 2
July 27-Aug 2
Learn & Apply: Random Concept Maps & Purpose StatementsContinued discussion & practice
Wk. 3
Aug 3-9
Sequential Maps & Meta-Discourse StructuresContinued discussion & practice
Wk. 4
Aug 10-16
Translations & AssessmentsContinued discussion & practice
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 BetsyWinston@TIEMCenter.org 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. 


Registration is no longer available for this webinar. Please contact BetsyWinston@TIEMCenter.org if you are interested in an Independent Study on this topic. Thanks!