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General Interpreting Skill Development

The guides presented below are designed to improve and/or enhance general skills of sign language interpreters. Sometimes an interpreter can experience gaps in some of their foundation skills in ASL or English which impacts their ability to focus on the mastery of the more complex skills needed to interpret in legal settings.

Sign language interpreter at UNC graduation ceremony

Each guide identifies specific activities and resource materials that can be used in practicing the skill. Links to associated resources and/or references are provided. 


  • ASL Comprehension
    • This guide presents strategies to improve comprehension of an ASL message.

  • Culturally Bound Concepts
    • This guide suggests way to improve the recognition and interpretation of culturally bound concepts. 
  • Fingerspelling & Numbers
    • This guide provides activities to improve fingerspelling and numbers within ASL narratives. 
  • Memory Skills
    • This guide provides activities to improve retention of a narrative.

  • Processing Skills
    • This guide lists activities to improve mental operations associated with processing. 
  • Sentence Boundaries
    • This guide provides activities to recognize and improve sentence boundaries in narratives. 

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