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Medical Interpreting & Advanced

Medical Interpreting Institute

This course has been cancelled. Please contact us for inquiries or to add yourself to the mailing list for future offerings.

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. Class time will be interactive and hands-on, with lots of time for practice. 

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.



**Registration for ASL Workshop Series A is now closed**

The Advanced ASL Workshop Series will return in January 2019.  

Mari Klassen and Anita Harding will co-teach Workshop Series A for working interpreters looking to broaden their skills. The morning session will cover a review of the foundations of ASL, including the use of ASL linguistics and the application of new ASL research. The afternoon session will cover translation and interpreting processes. In addition, the workshops will cover issues in interpretation such as elements of social justice, and working in specific settings such as video relay services. Methods of instruction will include lecture, hands-on activities, and discussion designed to encourage participants to expand and enhance their ASL and interpreting skills.

Workshop Series A (Winter 2018 - January 20, February 24 & March 24) will cover:

  • Advanced ASL grammar drills and corrections;
  • Terminology, cultural systems and practices and ethics; and,
  • New users of ASL, literacy, second language. 
  • English word/phrase options for ASL concepts;
  • Spirituality, traditional and modern spiritual experience, behaviours and world views;
  • Literacy of history, modern literacy, and interpreting literacy.

More Questions?

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