Am I Ambidextrous? Assessing Language Competency- 0.15 CEUs


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Product Description

Being told you sign like a Deaf person is arguably the most flattering compliment an interpreter can get. It means they were signing with a native-like fluency.
Using two languages with native-like fluency or being linguistically ambidextrous so to speak is the highest standard for interpreters to strive for. But how can interpreters measure their own language competency?

This workshop will examine expert research on language competency and models of developing expertise and language proficiency. With these tools, interpreters will be able to perform measurable competency self-assessments, achieving more efficient interactions between hearing and Deaf consumers.

Educational Objectives

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to

1)  Define language competency.

2)  Outline strategies for developing language expertise.

3)  Perform language competency self-assessments to measure their own competency.


Additional information


0.15 Professional Studies

The Betty & Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. The Professional Studies program is offered at the 'Some' Content Knowledge Level.



Refund Policy

We will have recorded version of every webcast available. If for some reason you cannot attend the webcast at the scheduled time, you may watch the recorded version later. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds. If a webcast is cancelled, you will be given credit to view another webcast, either live or archived.

Target Audience

Working sign language interpreters

Presenter Information

Brent Tracy, B.Ed, NIC, Ed:K-12

Brent is a dual nationally certified interpreter and CODbA (Child of a Deaf-Blind Adult). Having one hearing and one Deaf parent afforded him the opportunity to grow up as a bilingual using both English and ASL.

Since starting his interpreting career at Gallaudet University in 1999, Brent has worn several professional hats: interpreter, coordinator, advocate, mentor, and presenter. However, his current position as owner/CEO of Equal Access Resources is his proudest achievement. E.A.R. was founded in 2013 to educate, advocate, and inspire service providers and practitioners to gain a better understanding of the Deaf and Deafblind communities they serve.

Through online and social media platforms, Brent has educated thousands of service providers, students, and practitioners through access to resources and information that will help bridge cultural and linguistic gaps between the hearing and Deaf worlds.

Today, Brent continues to travel abroad presenting workshops, training and mentoring service providers about equal access for the Deaf and Deafblind.