Reading Between the Signs Workbook: A Cultural Guide for Sign Language Students and Interpreters / Edition 1

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This helpful workbook functions as a companion and supplement to Anna Mindess's earlier book, Reading Between the Signs: A Cultural Guide for Sign Language Interpreters, a recognized classic text for sign language interpreters and ASL students. It is arranged to correspond with the theory presented in the book and expands its focus to the relativity of politeness and the distinction between direct and indirect communication styles, both of which are important elements in comparing Deaf and mainstream cultures.Hands-on exercises allow students to better comprehend the sometimes-puzzling differences of culturally appropriate behavior. The book also helps students explore their own culture as well as the American Deaf culture in ways that reveal the differences between the two. Role play, discussion topics, and critical incidents increase first-hand understanding of the relationship between the Deaf and Hearing communities. The workbook is skillfully designed to provide various thought-provoking exercises that reinforce the topics presented in the textbook. In addition, the work-book exercises allow the reader to discover personally the power of culture in shaping our lives. Mindess has made an admirable effort to assemble and update many of the tried-and-true cultural awareness exercises from the pioneers of Intercultural Communication (ICC). She has also contributed many original activities that I have successfully used in my own ICC classes. Mindess has created a highly effective instructional tool to discover the significance of culture. As the reader completes each exercise, a small bit of enlightenment emerges. When all the bits are arranged in a mosaic, they create a self-portrait of cultural awareness. -Linda A. Siple, National Technical Institute for the Deaf This workbook is a wonderful accompaniment to an exceptionally valuable tool for teaching Deaf culture, ASL, and sign language interpreting. One might also hope for an advanced workbook in the future, as some of the subtler and more complex issues dealt so well in the original text are beyond the scope of the current workbook...the book's excellent chapter entitled 'Cultural Sensitivity Shouldn't End at Five O'Clock' should be required reading for anyone considering working with Deaf people. Reading Between the Signs Workbook: A Cultural Guide for Sign Language Students and Interpreters is a welcome resource.-Julie Moore, interpreter instructor at Portland (OR) Community College ContentsAcknowledgmentsI Introduction: Unpacking Your Cultural BaggageII What is Culture?III The Intercultural Perspective: Seeing Through Others' EyesIV Basic Distinctions in Intercultural CommunicationV Examining Your Own ValuesVI Politeness is RelativeVII Decoding Assumptions in Interpreting SituationsVIII Suggestions for Further StudiesIX Suggestions for Further StudyX Bibliography
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931930031
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/3/2003
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Mindess has worked as a sign language interpreter in business, legal, educational, medical, video relay and performing arts settings for more than 25 years. A noted author, consultant and trainer, she has presented workshops on cultural issues in the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of Reading Between the Signs, the companion to this workbook, and co-creator of the DVD See What I Mean.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
I. Introduction: Unpacking Your Cultural Baggage 1
II. What Is Culture? 7
1. The Iceberg 9
2. Matching Values and Behavior 11
3. Identifying Universal, Cultural, or Personal Behaviors 13
III. The Intercultural Perspective: Seeing through Others' Eyes 15
4. In the Mind of the Beholder 17
5. D.I.E.: Description, Interpretation, Evaluation 21
6. Double-Loop Thinking: Seeing Two Perspectives 29
7. Decoding Cross-Cultural Dialogues 39
IV. Basic Distinctions in Intercultural Communication 49
8. Collectivism/Individualism 51
9. High-Context/Low-Context Cultures 55
10. Past/Present/Future Orientation 59
11. Indirect/Direct Styles of Communication 61
V. Examining Your Own Values 65
12. The Things We Say: Culture in Casual Expressions 67
13. Many Communities 71
14. How American Are You? 73
VI. Politeness Is Relative 77
15. Your Polite Is Different from My Polite 79
16. What's Your Limit? 81
17. Advice Column 85
18. Rudeness Is Relative, Too 91
VII. Decoding Assumptions in Interpreting Situations 93
19. Translating between Direct and Indirect Styles 95
20. Medical Appointment 101
21. Job Interview 103
22. Administrative Hearing 107
VIII. Suggestions for Further Study 109
IX. Suggested Answers 113
X. Bibliography 125
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