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ASL Boot Camp for working Interpreters

  • 28 Apr 2017
  • 29 Apr 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • 28 Apr 2017, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • 29 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Deaf Community Services of San Diego 1545 Hotel Circle South
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  • for current SDCRID members - regular price (non-early bird).
  • for current SDCRID student members - regular price (non-early bird). Current ITP students only. May have to show proof of status
  • Anyone who is not a current member of SDCRID
  • this is for SDCRID PDC admin only.

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San Diego County Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf presents

ASL Boot Camp for working Interpreters

presented by Xenia Woods

(1.0 CEUs)

Workshop Descriptions:

Friday 6-9 (0.3 CEUS)

Reducing Our Dependence on Initialized Signs

This workshop is designed to provide interpreters with alternatives to initialized signs, both at the lexical level and the conceptual level. After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name three ways to expand their lexical options
  • Explain the purposes certain signs can and cannot serve
  • Identify their own strengths and weaknesses in sign vocabulary
  • Recall four reasons why interpreters depend on initialized signs
  • List alternatives to ten initialized signs

Saturday 8-4pm (0.7CEUS)

A Serene Approach to Fingerspelling Comprehension

This workshop allows participants to approach fingerspelling comprehension from a serene place. We will discuss the psychology behind our hesitation to trust ourselves, and develop a sound approach to being confident when it comes to fingerspelling comprehension. Methods of improving fingerspelling comprehension will be visited and applied. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe their emotional response to missing fingerspelling and list ways to stay calm
  • List three methods for improving fingerspelling comprehension in the moment
  • List three methods for improving fingerspelling comprehension by practice
  • Describe how to “triage” for missed fingerspelling
  • Demonstrate improved confidence in their ability to comprehend fingerspelling

Nouning Verbs? Parts of Speech for ASL Interpreters

This workshop gives interpreters an opportunity to straighten out how and when signs can function as verbs, nouns, adjectives, or other parts of speech, which will lead to better interpretations. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of parts of speech in ASL
  • Provide several concrete examples of correct and incorrect usage for common problem signs
  • Distinguish between at least ten conceptually accurate and inaccurate nouns in ASL
  • List three strategies for challenging texts which contain many nouns

Presenter Biography: 

Xenia Woods holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education, the Certificate of Interpretation and the Certificate of Transliteration from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, as well as the Specialist Certificate: Legal (SC:L), NIC Master certificate, and Ed:K-12. Interpreting primarily in mental health, DeafBlind, and legal settings, she is also an interpreting mentor and the director of TerpSavvy Online Interpreter Career Development.

Times and location

April 28, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00pm

April 29, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

one hour lunch break - Continental-style breakfast will be served; Lunch included with registration

Deaf Community Services of San Diego 

(address and other info provided after registration)

* Friday and Saturday are being treated as two separate CEU events, and therefore if you are unable to make both days, you can still earn 0.3 CEUs by only attending Friday or Saturday which will be 0.7 CEUs. You will need register for that specific day only. If you have any further questions please email 

CMP  1.0 CEUs


Audience & Accommodations: 

Open to interpreting students and practitioners, Deaf people and instructors. Workshop will be presented in American Sign Language. If you do not sign, and are registered for the event, you may request an interpreter two weeks prior to event. Please send email to 

We want to thank our Sponsor! 


Please see our website for details on costs, deadlines for registration, and refund policy or additional questions, email us 

IF you are attempting to register for an option and it appears to be grayed-out, or not visible, that usually means that you do not qualify for that option. Early Bird is good till APRIL 21st, 2017, then the prices increase.


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