What You’ll Learn

Cueing Mechanics and Accuracy

Do you have unique cueing habits you’re unaware of? (How could you find out?) Understanding the how and the why of cueing mechanics will put you in the know. We bring you accurate and precise information — verified by linguists — guaranteed to get you on the right track.

Role and Function

What do cued language transliterators do? What should they do? The answers may not always be one and the same. Sometimes job descriptions assign the transliterator duties that directly counter proper role and function. Our instructional staff will bring you a clear understanding of the whats and whys of cued language transliteration, including why the role of a cued language transliterator differs from that of a signed language interpreter. We’ll give you information that will help you clearly and confidently explain, set up, and carry out an appropriate job role.

How to Convey Accents and Dialects

Accents and dialects can be culturally revealing. They tell us something about the person behind the words. How do you analyze an accent or dialect? How do you cue it accurately? When would you forego conveying a unique pronunciation? When should you include it? Our cued language transliterator educators have experience analyzing and cueing accents and dialects from across the country and around the world. We’ll show you how to examine and convey this intriguing aspect of language. You’ll learn how to convey this part of the person (and the culture) behind the words.

Professional Ethical Behavior

Transliterators see it all… good behavior and bad. Have you ever wondered who owns your confidentiality — your employer or your profession? Should you transliterate profanity to a kindergartener? Should you stop students from cheating if the teacher expects it? If the teachers present wrong information, should you help them down the right path? Our instructors will answer these and other questions, giving you the backbone for your professional role and, ultimately, defining the significance of your professional choices.

Logistics

While transliterating, should you sit or stand? What if the teacher moves around? During a movie, should you be near the screen? Near the Deaf consumer? Where do you position yourself when transliterating a stage production? Who provides the light so that you can be seen? What about transliterating during physical education class? In the huddle? On the field? What if you have multiple Deaf consumers? Must the Deaf consumers sit near each other? We’ve got answers. Not only the What and Why of the job, we know the How. You can know it too!

Cue Reading and Voicing Skills

If someone cues silently to you, can you understand? Can you speak and cue while the Deaf consumer is doing the same? Should you voice if a Deaf consumer requests otherwise? What if the hearing listener asks you to? Our instructional staff will help you identify relevant voicing issues and provide you with practice opportunities to help improve your cue reading and voicing skills.

How to Cue Environmental Sounds

How can you convey environmental sounds via cueing? Where does facial expression come into play? How will the Deaf consumer know that the teacher didn’t say, “Buzzzzzzz?” Without explanation, can deaf children understand what ‘ding-a-ling-a-ling’ means? What are the implications of transliterating the background sounds of the classroom? Or of leaving them out? Our instructional staff will give you at least eight different tools to help you appropriately convey sound-based information. They’ll help you better understand when and how to include environmental sounds.

Organizing and Prioritizing Information

The school bell is ringing while the public address system is blaring as the teacher is presenting a Spanish lesson. Meanwhile, three students are having a loud disagreement as another sneezes while yet another drops a stack of books. Schols can be chaotic places.  You may have two hands, but you’ve only got one brain. Our instructors will help you make the most of them by improving your ability to breakdown, prioritize, and manage multiple input.