Storytelling: Sharing a Culture, Keeping Traditions, Learning a Language

by Babetta Popoff

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Storytelling is an integral part of our heritage. For many, storytelling is how we are first exposed to language and culture. These stories, and the act of storytelling help us frame our identity.
The use of storytelling as a teaching tool is a fun way to engage students in ASL language development while sharing a valued piece of Deaf culture. In guiding students and mentees through the components of effective storytelling, we share the application of linguistic components such as meaning, cohesion, language markers and affect. Likewise, through incorporating plot, character development, and emotion, students gain insight to native-like cues and back-channeling techniques required for effective interpreting.
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Proceedings of the 2018 Biennial Conference

Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership