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Advanced & Medical Interpreting

Advanced Interpreter Training B

February 9th, March 9th & April 6th 2019

This workshop series provides professional interpreters an opportunity to increase interpreting literacy by covering topics such as advanced ASL grammar, terminology, etc.  In addition, the workshops will cover various issues and ethical decision making when working in specific settings that include education, social service and elements of social justice. 
The morning session will provide a review of foundations of ASL along with linguistics and the application of new ASL research.  The afternoon sessions will have participants analyze and practice translation and interpreting. 

Students will be able to:

  • Focus holistically on work that includes languages, cultures, skills and attitudes.
  • Perceive the difference between decisions made based on emotion, reasoning and ethics. 
  • Analyze how the decisions we make effect the interpretation as well as the consumers involved. 
  • Evaluate the impact of their decision making on the consumers of ASL interpreter services.  
Course Name: ASLP 201: ASL Advanced Training B
CRN: 11188
Dates/ Times: 9a-4pm, Saturday Feb 9, Mar 9 & Apr 6 2019
Location: New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave
Tuition: $345.00
To Register: Call 604-527-5472 or use your student ID to register online.

About the Instructors

Anita Harding

Ms. Harding is a freelance consultant whose passion for curriculum design has benefited many American Sign Language – English Interpretation programs across Canada. She is a college instructor who has developed curricula for Deaf interpreting, created resource materials, devised methodologies for assessment of ASL competencies and made several instructional design improvements in her domain.

Ms. Harding designed and delivered various workshops at the local, provincial and national levels intended to bridge the gap from linguistic theory to language competence. Anita obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

Imran Hakamali

Imran Hakamali has been teaching ASL for over 20 years to hearing students in different cities.  Currently, he is a LINC for ASL instructor, teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing students immigrants as well as a Job Readiness Program Instructor at VCC.  Hakamali received a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Sign Language (ASL) in 2007.  Also, he received a Masters of Arts in Sign Language Education (MASLED) in 2014, both from Gallaudet.  Hakamali enjoys sharing stories and discussing hot issues within Deaf and Interpreter communities.  He enjoys traveling, especially by airplanes and enjoys walking with his dog, Sophie.  

More Questions?

Contact Seanna Quressette, Program Coordinator at 604-527-5593.

Medical Interpreting Institute

May 24, 25, 26 2019, Coquitlam Campus

This three day course will provide participants an opportunity to learn about anatomy and physiology in American Sign Language (ASL), with an emphasis on classifiers, as well as specialized terminology related to medical settings. In addition, students will analyze and practice interpreting the discourse used in medical settings. Vocabulary for mental health will also be covered. Class time will be interactive and hands-on, with lots of time for practice. This course is open to both Deaf and hearing interpreters.

WAVLI membership is required for this course. 

 Course Name:  ASLM 192 Medical Interpreting
 Dates/ Times:

 May 24 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

 May 25 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 May 26 2019, 9:00am - 2:00pm

15 hours total

 Location: Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way
 Tuition: $295.00

If you are interested in this training, please contact us with proof of membership.

About the Instructor


Nigel Howard works as an instructor at Douglas College in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation, and Child, Family and Community Studies (CFCS), and University of Victoria in the Department of Linguistics. He is on the Board of Editors for International Journal of Interpreter Education (IJIE) and is the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters’ (WASLI) North America Representative. Nigel provides presentations, workshops and training on varying topics/subjects around the world such as Interpreting in Medical Settings, Deaf Interpreter, Deafhood and Global Communities, interpreter professional development and so forth. Nigel has worked as a Deaf Interpreter for over 20 years in settings like: medical, mental health, legal, theatre, community, and conference – locally, nationally and internationally. Nigel is also a Deaf Interpreter for the United Nations.