RI: Communicate Across Borders

About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here, on the BMC website. Click on the timeline image to see the history of Betty Colonomos' work in the interpreting field spanning roughly four decades! (Or use the Main Menu and click on BMC History.)

Communicate Across Borders

Communicate Across Borders

Communicate Across Borders: an International Sign (IS) primer

As CODA becomes more international, we see more participants coming to conference who grew up with signed languages from around the world. Communication barriers were evident at CODA-Can, where members from ten different non-ASL-using countries were present.

This workshop is open to all who would like to increase their ability to interact directly with our coda brothers and sisters from beyond our borders.

We will learn basic principles of International Sign (IS) and engage in activities designed for practicing social and coda-related conversations, expressively and receptively.

Educational Objectives

Participants will:

  1. demonstrate the use of international gestures for family, conference, and deafness/coda related concepts
  2. demonstrate comprehension of IS texts presented
  3. practice conversational gestures with other participants

Event Properties

Event Date 06-27-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 06-27-2018 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-24-2017
Capacity 25
Registered 9
Available place 16
Individual Price $90.00
Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms St, Providence, RI 02904, USA
Providence Marriott Downtown
Attachment CommunicateAcrossBorders.pdf
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