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The View from IC - January 2021 - Issue #3

Fluency in ASL is so important for effective interpretations. Where does that foundation in ASL fluency begin? With native signers, teachers, parents, mentors and more.

This month, The View from IC focuses on teaching ASL with Angela Petrone Stratiy.

Interpreting Consolidated (IC) publishes resources for ASL and interpreting students, interpreters, educators and mentors in the US and Canada.  Visit our website
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About Angela Petrone Stratiy...

Angela is a native signer with more than 40 years of experience teaching ASL and interpreting. Raised in a Deaf family, she graduated from the Saskatchewan School for the Deaf and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Gallaudet and a Master of Education degree in Deaf Education at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).

In addition to teaching, Angela uses her expertise in ASL as a Deaf interpreter and a consultant for a variety of educational institutions, organizations and video-relay providers.

Her eloquent ASL is featured on Interpreting Consolidated's video series Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Classifiers and Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers.

Read more about Angela here.

Her excellent resource 101 Activities for Teaching ASL is featured below.
101 Activities for Teaching ASL
 Angela Petrone Stratiy, MEd

This activity book by native signer Angela Petrone Stratiy supports instructors teaching American Sign Language (ASL). Its fun and challenging activities are designed for students of all ages. Most involve interacting with other students, which is a powerful way to practice ASL and to develop confidence in the language. The activities can be used while teaching online, too.

The need for this type of resource is clear, as it has been popular with instructors across North America since its release. Several copies have even made their way to Australia. Teachers there have found that most of the activities can be adapted for teaching AUSLAN.

As our gift to you in this issue, IC is offering two activities from the book as a free download here.

For more about the book in ASL, and specifically these two activities, here is Angela: 
Angela signs about 2 activities from her book, "101 Activities for Teaching ASL." 

Sign Language Institute Canada:

Working towards excellence in teaching ASL and LSQ

Sign Language Institute Canada (SLIC) is a national network of professionals striving to excel in higher standards for teaching Sign Language. SLIC certifies teachers and instructors of ASL through the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and the American Sign Language Instructors of Canada Evaluation (ASLICE). It provides instructors access to educational resource materials and networking connections with professionals, mentors and the Deaf Community. 

SLIC Director Gary Malkowski says, “SLIC is committed to the continued development of the national certification process and the professional enrichment of teachers of sign languages."

Gary explains SLIC in ASL:

Sign Language Institute Canada (SLIC) Director Gary Malkowski explains his role and involvement with SLIC. 

LSQ (la langue des signes québécoise) proficiency evaluation is now available to all those who want to know their level of proficiency and set learning or development goals. ÉvaLSQ is provided by CB Linguistics Services; more information can be found here.

Unfortunately LSQ SLICE evaluation is not available at this time, but SLIC, in partnership with the Société Culturelle Québécoise des Sourds and LSQ communities across Canada, is working to have LSQ certification implemented within three years.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2021, SLIC operates under the umbrella of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, a non-profit charitable organization that relies on volunteers, donations, and community partners to provide quality programs and services in communities across Canada. 

Gary urges sign language instructors, interpreters and mentors to purchase an annual membership to support the work of SLIC. The cost is only $25 for individuals and $200 for organizations. Zoom Membership Night events are being held across Canada right now: in Ontario on January 14, 2021, BC on January 25, Newfoundland and Labrador on January 27, Deaf Youth Canada on January 30, and Alberta on February 1. Zoom SLIC Presentation Nights in LSQ communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick will be scheduled in Spring 2021. Contact Victoria at for event-specific registration information.

  [For more info on ASLPI and ASLICE, read the full article here]
Our English oddities for January: 

Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
Angela signs: Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
Angela signs: Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
Our English oddity for February:

Why do we drive on a parkway

and park on a driveway?

Can you explain why this is funny in English?

 How about in ASL? Think about it!

ASL example provided next month.

Congratulations to our authors

on their retirement from distinguished careers

in the field of educational interpreting:

Dr. Leilani Johnson

Dr. Brenda Schick

Dr. Laurie Bolster
In November, 2020, the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) newsletter celebrated the careers of three retiring instructors, administrators, and researchers who have spent many decades advancing the field of interpreting in educational settings - Dr. Leilani Johnson, Dr. Brenda Schick and Dr. Laurie Bolster.

Leilani, Brenda and Laurie are also three of the five authors of the Interpreting Consolidated publication Complexities in Educational Interpreting: An Investigation into Patterns of Practice.
Leilani J. Johnson, Ed.D., IC/TC, CI, is the architect and former director of the DO IT Center, now the University of Northern Colorado, Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies (ASLIS). Since 1993, Dr. Johnson has been awarded approximately $22M in federal grants and partnership contracts. She was the Principal Investigator for the OSEP award that supported the studies included in the book Complexities in Educational Interpreting: An Investigation into Patterns of Practice, and she continued as the Principal Investigator on the RSA-funded Project CLIMB. Holding RID certification since 1983, she is a recognized author and presenter at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Her most recent research projects focused on educational interpreting, state employment standards for educational interpreters, and two-to-four-year articulation models. In 2016, Dr. Johnson was honored with a perpetual award instituted by the National Association of Interpreters in Education, the Leilani Johnson Leadership Award, and in 2018 she was designated as ASLIS Director Emerita.
Brenda Schick, Ph.D., was most recently a professor and chair of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies the development of signed and spoken languages as well as its relationship to literacy and cognition in deaf and hard of hearing children. Her work has focused on the development of literacy skills in young Deaf and hard of hearing students, particularly the role of fingerspelling promoting phonological awareness for signing children (funded by IES). She has studied the development of a Theory of Mind in deaf and hard of hearing children and how it relates to language skills (funded by NIH). Dr. Schick is also the co-developer of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA). With colleagues, she has published data about the performance skills of interpreters who work in the K-12 setting. She also developed the EIPA Written Test and the website dedicated to K-12 interpreting (
Laurie Bolster, Ph.D., CI/CT most recently taught for the University of Northern Colorado ASL & Interpreting Studies Department. Her dissertation research examined the impact on one group of educational interpreters (EICP graduates) who faced the rapid shift towards the professionalization of the field through the 1990s. During her ten years traveling the state with the Outreach Department of the CDE, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Dr. Bolster developed a focus on strengthening educational interpreters’ capability for delivering high quality interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing children. Before joining UNC full-time, she did freelance interpreting in the Washington, DC area for 17 years. She is also a returning assistant editor for the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

Best wishes on your retirement Leilani, Brenda and Laurie,

from all of us at Interpreting Consolidated!

First-ever Canada Research Chair

in Deaf Education named

University of Alberta Department of Educational Psychology professor Joanne Weber has been named the first-ever Canada Research Chair in Deaf Education.

“This is very exciting news because this appointment is the result of decades of hard work by the Canadian Deaf communities to secure the recognition of the federal government of the role of American Sign Language (ASL), Langue de Signe Quebecois (LSQ) and Indigenous Sign Languages in the lives of Deaf Canadians.”

Despite current biomedical approaches such as cochlear implants and the provision of sign language interpreters in inclusive education environments, deaf high school graduates are leaving with the median reading and writing levels commensurate with the fourth grade.

“We know now that language acquisition is not only about providing access to sound and sign language but about the provision of language-rich activities that enable deaf children to communicate freely with their peers, teachers and the community at large. Those opportunities are not always available, especially in the higher grades, despite current interventions,” said Weber,

“I want to look at the ways the arts and drama could be used to facilitate language acquisition in both oral English and ASL, and how we can apply that to bilingual education contexts,” said Weber.

[Read the full article here]

EYE on Entrepreneurs

Diversity Academy for Interpreters 

Diversity Academy for Interpreters, established by Dr. Suzette Garay and Karen Putz, is our featured business of the month!

The Academy provides a safe, brave community and space for interpreters to learn and grow while becoming the best possible interpreter they can be. 

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC and diverse professionals who mentor and teach have rich experiences available only here!

Jariatou Sibi shares their experience:

The yearly Diversity Academy membership has been one of the best investments I've made as a professional interpreter. I am delighted to support the diverse curators who make Diversity Academy possible. I've gathered valuable insight and new information with every session I've attended. As a black female interpreter, it has been refreshing and empowering to see BIPOC colleagues presenting on a wide variety of topics which have been largely unavailable up until now.

Diversity Academy has been ahead of the curve as it relates to highlighting BIPOC stories within the interpreting profession. It's "fitting" that this platform was established right before the unprecedented racial reckoning our country and the world was thrust into, after the murder of George Floyd. Companies and individuals found themselves desperately searching for content to better understand diversity on a deeper level. Having already laid the groundwork, Diversity Academy was poised and ready to serve the community eager to learn. 

Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO) Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are also available. 

Please visit their website:
The View from IC is interested in featuring Canadian and American businesses owned by Deaf or hard of hearing persons. If you want to see your business in EYE on Entrepreneurs in a future issue, fill out our form here. Kat will be in touch!
Questions? Have an idea for a resource you'd like to see? Just want to say hello? Get in touch with Kat Vickers, Marketing and Distribution Manager.

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