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The Integrated Model of Interpreting, a cognitive model which combines linguistic, cultural, affective and environmental domains to understand the process of interpreting, is presented, unpacked and applied throughout the eight sessions of this series. The model provides a framework and a language for understanding the components of the interpreting task.

There is a minimum of lecture or theory and an emphasis on application. Throughout the weekends participants work in small and large groups with real world texts and scenarios, discussing and analyzing their own decisions, assumptions, and understanding of the task of interpretation.

Participants explore conveying equivalent messages by working through graduated texts and activities, such as  text analysis, back translations, and collaborative interpreting. Earlier modules begin in the consecutive mode of interpreting, and later modules move into the simultaneous mode. Working in small and large groups, participants develop the language necessary to discuss the interpreting task using non-evaluative, non-judgmental language with each other. Participants practice tools for exploring and improving their own interpreting processes, and ultimately, integrate strategies for continuing their own development after seminars have ended.  



Deaf Foundations is offered in ASL. All levels of Deaf Foundations focus on ASL to Gesture, Gesture to ASL, and sight translations.

In all other Foundations seminars, activities and discussions occur in either English or ASL, as is most appropriate in the moment. Odd-numbered seminars focus on the interpreting process from ASL into English; even-numbered seminars focus on interpreting from English into ASL.

The Foundations series is designed to meet learners wherever they are in their journey as interpreters. The tools and the interpreting model taught at Foundations are applicable to students and teachers alike. Both novice and seasoned interpreters have found great benefit from the activity-based learning at Foundations.

Wattman, Joan (2019).  Interpreting for Deaf People with Dysfluent Language in Forensic Settings: Application of the Integrated Model of Interpreting. In Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health. Eds. Glickman, Neil S. and Hall, Wyatte.

Colonomos, B., & Moccia, L. (2013). Process Mediation as Mentoring. Mentorship in Sign Language Interpreting (pp. 85-93). Alexandria, VA: RID.

Colonomos, B., & Decker, K. (May 2018)  Mastery in Mentoring : Lifelong Learning RID VIEWS (pp. 32-35)

Gonzalez, D., Vasquez, V., Mikkelson, H. (1991) Fundamentals of Court Interpretation: theory, policy, and practice. Carolina Academic Press: Durham. NC

NCIEC Deaf Interpreter Curriculum (2016) http://www.diinstitute.org/learning-center/deaf-interpreter-curriculum/

There are a number of other IMI seminars available from BMC, including but not limited to Enhancing Your "R", What Happens After "R"?, Working in Teams. Additionally, there are a number of people currently studying this model and it's pedagogy who are developing a variety of educational opportunities. Visit https://visitbmc.com/ for more information.

As the Foundations series has evolved over decades there is an increasing number of people studying the model and the pedagogy. To support the continued offering of Foundations in the future, Betty has been mentoring a cohort of people who are developing the necessary skills and experience to carry the work forward. Seminar participants benefit from the presence of assistants, which increases participants’ opportunities for direct attention and for questions, and which provides a variety of perspectives and ways of talking about interpreting and the IMI.

Unlike “packaged” workshops/presentations, the seminar material is customized to match the needs and makeup of the group. Although the content is consistent across seminars, the sequencing and/or types of activities may change.

The approach to learning we use requires that activity, dialogue, discussion, and content be absorbed by each individual at their own pace. After decades of trying different time frames, it is clear that participants benefit the most from having two nights to integrate the complexities of the model and practice applying the tools provided.

There are eight modules in the Foundations of Interpreting Processes Series. Foundations I - Foundations IV are typically taught in 3-day seminars(13 hours in session), for a total of four weekends. Foundations V & VI are taught over an extended 4-day seminar (20 hours in session), as are Foundations VII & VIII, for a total of two additional weekends.

Focus of Foundations I and II:

Introduction of Model and Tools, Philosophy and Approach, Tools for Analysis and Dialogue

 

Focus of Foundations III and IV:

Honing Tools, Back Translation and Collaborative Activities, Application and Practice

 

Focus of Foundations V and VI:

Reduce Consecutive Processing Time, Activities, Tools and Practice, Interpretation of Dialogues

 

Focus of Foundations VII and VIII:

Transition to Simultaneous, Post-Foundations Development



For Foundations I, there are no prerequisites. Participants should have receptive and expressive ASL skills for non-complex topics. For each subsequent module, the prerequisite is the previous module, e.g. Foundations I to take Foundations II; Foundations II to take Foundations III, and so on.



Yes. The activities across the Foundations series are organized to build upon one another. First-time participants must take the Foundations modules in order, beginning with Foundations I. Once participants have taken any specific Foundations module, they can take it again. Participants often discover that they can take Foundations I, or any other module, repeatedly and they continue to learn new things each time. Rarely do participants take the entire series in order without repeating earlier modules.

No. Participants can take modules again at any time and in any order. Only upon taking a module the first time must it be taken in order, e.g. Foundations I before Foundations II; Foundations II before Foundations III; and so on.

Yes, and doing so is encouraged!

Participants find great benefit in taking portions of the series again (and again). Each time taking a Foundations allows the participant a deeper understanding of their internal interpreting process and further practice in dialoguing about the work via structured activities. Additionally, each Foundations seminar is attended by an ever changing (and growing) number of participants. This dynamic grouping allows for further learning when engaging with other participants.

BMC is committed to making the seminar hosting process a streamlined experience. BMC has a number of experienced seminar hosts who are happy to provide consultation to people who are hosting a Foundations seminar for the first time. BMC has many resources to share, including a budget breakdown, RID CEUs instructor forms, and a far-reaching listserv, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to supplement local advertising. BMC also has a webmaster who will create an online registration portal for each seminar, and BMC will manage registration and seminar expenses. Many first-time seminar hosts report that the process was much easier than they expected.

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Coda Foundations is offered for people are Deaf-parented with the ability to hear, and who are working interpreters and those who are interested in becoming interpreters. All participants at Coda Foundations have one or more Deaf parents.

For more information on Coda Foundations, watch this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16DZKFKfkmoPeZUYaCbwVlj3Zd21KKFrD/view?usp=sharing

Deaf Foundations is offered for Deaf people who are working interpreters and those who are interested in becoming interpreters. All participants at Deaf Foundations are Deaf.

For more information on Deaf Foundations, watch this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16DZKFKfkmoPeZUYaCbwVlj3Zd21KKFrD/view?usp=sharing

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The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

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