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Graphic Organizers: Tools for Creating a Cohesive Visual-Spatial Discourse

  • 11 May 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093 Pepper Canyon Hall 340


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  • Anyone who is not affiliated with SDCRID or any other RID Chapter
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Graphic Organizers: Tools for Creating a Cohesive Visual-Spatial Discourse 
by Todd Tourville 
 May 11, 2013 9am-4pm .6 CEUs
one-hour lunch break sponsored by 
Clip Interpreting

Description: A tendency of non-native ASL users is to sign sentences that follow the grammatical structure of their native language.  English is a written, linear representation of language and the concept of space is not necessary.  Most non-native ASL learners can accurately reproduce all of the basic morphologic parameters of signs: handshape, movement, location and palm orientation.  However ASL learners do not readily analyze the morphology of a visual-spatial discourse.  In ASL/English interpretation discourse analysis is key to creating a cohesive interpreted message.  Discourse analysis attempts to study the organization of language above the phrase or sentence and to study larger linguistic units, such as conversational exchanges.  Interpreters must analyze these exchanges in order to effectively convey the intended meaning of the speakers.  Research in second language acquisition has shown that the use of graphic organizers results in improved cohesion, comprehension, and meaning of the second language.  This workshop will look at how interpreters can use background information, prior knowledge, life experience and graphic organizers to create a visual-spatial representation of discourse prior to and during the interpreted event.

Presenters Bio:

Todd Tourville, CI/CT & NAD V has been a professional sign language interpreter since 1992.  He holds a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota.  He currently works with Sorenson Communications as a Video Interpreter.  Recently he has been an adjunct faculty member at both Mesa and Palomar College’s Interpreter Training Programs.  Before moving to California in 2008, he was a full-time faculty member with the ASL/Interpreting Department at the College of St. Catherine.  He was named “Teacher of the Year” for the 2001 – 2002 academic year.  Additionally he worked with Sorenson Communications St. Paul VRS as the center Manager/Trainer.  He is also a freelance interpreter and is partial to theatrical interpreting.  He has served on the RID Certification Council and has been a local test administrator.  He has also served on the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) national board as the Region V Representative and as the 2002 CIT National Convention Co-Chair.  He has gone through the Diagnostician Training offered by Advancement Seminars, facilitated by Dennis Cokely and enjoys the assessment process.  He has worked as a staff interpreter in medical/mental health facilities, post-secondary education institutions and private agencies.  He presents workshops locally and nationally on the interpreting process and skills enhancement, focusing on the complexities of the interpretation and transliteration processes.


UC San Diego 

9500 Gilman Drive 

La Jolla, CA 92093 

Pepper Canyon Hall room 340


Students: $40.00, 

Members: $60.00, 

Non-members: $70.00
After May 6th and at the door: $80.00 


Workshop will be in spoken English, if you need accommodations, please email us at by 4/26/13. Building is wheelchair accessible


This Professional Studies program is offered for .6 of CEUs in the category of Professional Studies will be offered by the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor. Activity #0029-0513-02

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SDCRID will provide refunds for events that have been paid in full minus PayPal or credit card fees and administrative fees if notified in writing (email is acceptable) to if notified at least 2 weeks prior to event.


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