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The Challenge of Classifiers:
Theory and Practice for Interpreters
With Nat Wilson and Julie Simon
July 20-21, 2007
Friday, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
This workshop will provide an overview of classifiers including movement roots and handshapes,
and how classifiers function within American Sign Language. Discussion will focus on the
meaning of classifiers used in different source texts. Participants will have opportunity to practice
both receptive and expressive language skills development with special attention given to how
classifiers are used in context. Participants will also practice working with classifiers in both signto-voice and voice-to-sign interpreting, giving consideration to several alternative interpretations
depending upon speaker’s intent, register, and situational factors.
This workshop will be presented in ASL. Interpreters not provided.
Nat Wilson is a part-time ASL faculty and instruction /classroom support technician at Seattle
Community College in the Deaf Studies and Interpreter Training programs, and teaches ASL
Theatre. He was a featured actor for the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) and The Little
Theatre of the Deaf, touring nationally and internationally for twelve years. He also served as
Director of the NTD's Deaf Audience Outreach Program. Nat was hired as an ASL consultant
for the Seattle Children’s' Theatre and its Deaf Youth Drama Program and has been volunteer
stage manager for the annual Deaf Kids Drama Festival. Nat is currently performing multiple
characters in the touring production of THE LAST CON, a play performed entirely in gestural
mime. He also served as a research assistant at the University of Washington’s neuron-lingistics
laboratory mapping brain activity associated with signed language.
Julie Simon., Ph.D., CI, CT, has been an American Sign Language/English Interpreter for over
25 years and an interpreter educator for over 17 years, having taught in both pre-service and inservice settings on a wide range of topics. Prior to opening The Language Door: An Education
and Resource Network in March 2007, she served for over 11 years as Administrator for the
Western Region (formerly Region X) Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon
University. Julie received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in Language, Reading
and Culture, and her masters from Boston University in Deaf Education/ASL Studies.
$150 Pre-registration received by or on 7/13/07
$175 At-the-door or received after 7/13/07
1.0 RID CEUs, Professional Studies
offered through The Language Door
Registration cancellation must be received in writing.
Prior to or on July 13, 2007, refund less $50
After July 13, 2007, no refund
The Language Door
8285 SW Nimbus Ave. Suite 112
Beaverton, OR
Parkside Business Park, Courtyard Building
Off Hall Blvd. at Hwy 217
Park on east side of building
Phoenix Inn Suites
9575 SW Locust St, Tigard, OR 97223
Call for rates and availability.
Includes: Extended Continental breakfast
For additional information,
503-641-7950, VP or
------------------------------------------------------Classifier Workshop
July 20, 21, 2007
Enclosed is a check for $150, payable to The Language Door.
Pre-registration must be received by or on July 13, 2007.
Mail registration to: The Language Door, P.O. Box 23998, Tigard, OR 97281-3998