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How can I interpret it when I don’t know what it means?!: Religion"

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This WWWorkshop is 6 hours (0.6 CEU credits)

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  1. What are the various ways to do research when preparing for religious settings?
    1. Listen to audio tapes with targeted topics and targeted vocabulary.
    2. Go to the website
    3. Listen to previous sermons in that particular setting, listening for speed, vocabulary, and concepts.
    4. All of the above will help prepare for interpreting in religious settings.


  1. When encountering foreign languages in a worship service, you should do all of the following except?
    1. Tell the congregation they are speaking in a specific language.
    2. Do not say or sign anything if you do not know the foreign language.
    3. Learn some words from that language, add to the interpretation so the congregation can feel involved.
    4. B.
    5. A and C.


  1. When interpreting for a sermon with an unfamiliar topic, you should:
    1. Speak to the speaker and request information about the worship service.
    2. Explain to the speaker the importance of the interpreter understanding so the D/deaf audience can understand as well.
    3. Do the best you can, telling the audience you don’t understand.
    4. B and C
    5. A and B


  1. When interpreting a sermon you should:
    1. Do the best job you can by making the sermon as visual as possible.
    2. Explain to the audience they can read the songs or the Bible scriptures themselves.
    3. Do the best you can, telling the audience the pages where the songs are located.
    4. Render a straight English transliteration if that is the best you can do.


  1. When interpreting in various religious settings, the interpreter should:     
    1. Use the signs you have been taught, the deaf client will adjust.
    2. The interpreter should ask the deaf client their choice of sign for particular words.
    3. Discuss with the deaf clients during the sermon then try to incorporate the signs.
    4. Make up signs to use for the sermon.


  1. When interpreting for scriptures, it is best to:
    1. Use your prior knowledge of scriptures to add to the interpretation
    2. Ask the deaf client how they interpret a specific scripture and use their interpretation
    3. Ask the speaker his interpretation of the scripture so you can interpret the intent of the speaker
    4. Analyze the scripture for your interpretation of the speaker’s message.


  1. When a deaf client is telling a scripture and you are providing a voiced interpretation into English, the optimum practice is to:
    1. Watch the deaf client and do the best voicing job you can.
    2. Watch the deaf client and stop him if necessary to make clarifications.
    3. Have a copy of the scripture, follow along with the text and the deaf client to insure correct interpretation.
    4. Do not interpret but inform the hearing consumers of the pages and have them follow along.


  1. Some deaf clients like music to be interpreted.  What is the most appropriate way to handle interpreting music in the event that some of the deaf clients are not paying attention to the song?
    1. Stop interpreting, saying,  “well if they don’t want to watch I’ll just rest during this time”.
    2. Interpret only when the deaf client looks up.
    3. Continue the interpretation so the deaf client can look up when they want and still feel apart of the congregation and songs.
    4. Interpret anyway since the hearing congregation benefits a great deal from the interpretation of the music.


  1. Within each culture music holds different meanings. How should the interpreter prepare for interpreting for a service within or without his or her cultural background?
    1. Study the music and prepare as best as you can for the music.
    2. Study the music, prepare and add enthusiasm to match the singers of the music.
    3. Tell the deaf client the page number, name of song and when they look up guide to the correct verse.
    4. Decline all assignments that are outside of your cultural experience.


  1. When considering establishing an interpreting program in a religious setting, perhaps the most important topic to address to ensure the success of the program is:
    1. What is the hourly rate and how long are the services or meetings?
    2. Is there anything the deaf clients can do to become more involved so they can feel apart of the congregation?
    3. Where to advertise there is a new interpreting program?
    4. Where will the interpreter and deaf congregants sit?



 In any religious ceremony not your own and in your activity journal:

  1. Identify the questions you prepared to ask and the responses you obtained that will enable you to feel confident to interpret in that setting should the opportunity ever arise.
  2. Meet with the leaders of the church to learn the basic and common vocabulary so you can interpret effectively. Document the terms that you learned, their meaning, and the context in which they used.
  3. Take 5 scriptures and 5 songs and gloss how you would interpret them.


1. Identify the following information for this activity:

My religious affiliation:____________________________________________________
The religious affiliation I have chosen to analyze for this activity: ____________________________________________________

Date(s) of my analysis:____________________________________________________

At least one name of the religious leader contacted/interviewed and contact information for this person:

Address: __________________________________
Contact: __________________________________

2. Identify the questions you prepared to ask and the responses you obtained that will enable you to feel confident to interpret in that setting should the opportunity ever arise.

3. Meet with the leaders of the church to learn the basic and common vocabulary so you can interpret effectively. Document the terms that you learned, their meaning, and the context in which they used.

4. From the religion you have chosen to analyze, identify 5 scriptures and 5 songs and either:
a.  Gloss how they may best be interpreted
b. Videotape yourself interpreting them and submit videotape with your post test.

5. Journal what you have learned from this activity. Identify this such as:
How this religious ceremony differs from your own?
How is it similar to your own?
How confident do you feel that you could interpret in this setting?
What are the specific demands of this setting?
What are some controls or ways that you can overcome these demands and make this a successful interpretation?


Supplies/Equipment/Resources to have on hand:

Computer, camcorder, audiotape of sermon, Bible of choice for that religious setting (Holy Book, Koran, Bible…), song book for specific religious setting


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