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

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

by Anna Mindess

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941176078
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 11/03/2004
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 120,503
File size: 3 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

I.Introduction: Unpacking Your Cultural Baggage1
II.What Is Culture?7
1.The Iceberg9
2.Matching Values and Behavior11
3.Identifying Universal, Cultural, or Personal Behaviors13
III.The Intercultural Perspective: Seeing through Others' Eyes15
4.In the Mind of the Beholder17
5.D.I.E.: Description, Interpretation, Evaluation21
6.Double-Loop Thinking: Seeing Two Perspectives29
7.Decoding Cross-Cultural Dialogues39
IV.Basic Distinctions in Intercultural Communication49
9.High-Context/Low-Context Cultures55
10.Past/Present/Future Orientation59
11.Indirect/Direct Styles of Communication61
V.Examining Your Own Values65
12.The Things We Say: Culture in Casual Expressions67
13.Many Communities71
14.How American Are You?73
VI.Politeness Is Relative77
15.Your Polite Is Different from My Polite79
16.What's Your Limit?81
17.Advice Column85
18.Rudeness Is Relative, Too91
VII.Decoding Assumptions in Interpreting Situations93
19.Translating between Direct and Indirect Styles95
20.Medical Appointment101
21.Job Interview103
22.Administrative Hearing107
VIII.Suggestions for Further Study109
IX.Suggested Answers113

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