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Discourse Markers

Discourse Markers

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Online Workshop - This workshop was originally presented live online in June 2019. This is the archived recording. Enjoy!

RID CEUs: 0.3 PS

Cost: $45

Workshop Description:

Discourse markers connect, separate, organize and manage the meaning within and between ideas expressed through language. In other words Discourse Markers are the sign posts that guide the listener toward the speaker’s meaning as opposed to the general meaning of any lexicon. Imagine words (signs) as paint. Paint is not art. It becomes art when organized properly. Many interpreters miss meaning because they literally do not see the art through the paint. This workshop will teach practical methods of learning to see, understand, and finally use Discourse Markers to improve clarity both receptive and expressive interpretation.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the “pet” Discourse Markers they currently employ in their own
    communication or interpretation.
  • Recognize and identify at least five Discourse Markers currently outside their
    knowledge base.
  • Practice the use of at least three new Discourse Markers when provided a
    sample text to interpret.
  • Outline a plan to acquire and employ new Discourse Markers as part of their
    skill development regimen.

Presenter Bio:

Dale Boam is a tenured Associate Professor of Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University and attorney advocating for persons who are Deaf. Dale presents nationally on both interpreter education and legal advocacy and is the author of many papers on interpreting and the rights of people who are Deaf including: The Physics of Processing Time; Cohesion and Orphans in Interpretation; Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities: Law, Deafness and Personhood; Vote: The Power is in Your Hands; Making the ADA Effective for the Deaf Community; and Serving the Client Who is Deaf.

Dale also works with arts organizations including the National Theatre of the Deaf, The Utah Opera Company, The Sundance Institute, The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, The Fulton Opera House and many other companies.

Dale grew up in Taylorsville, Utah, but has lived in Indianapolis, New York, Chicago and Boston. Dale is nationally certified as an ASL interpreter and is licensed to practice law in both Utah and Massachusetts. Dale was on the board of the 2007 Deaflympic Games and the organizing board for Deaf Studies, Today!.  He is heavily involved with Deaf technology projects including and the Deaf World Library.


Full refunds will be given for all written (emailed) requests received within 30 days of purchase. No refunds will be given for requests received after that time but funds may be used toward a future Zaboosh workshop.


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Non-Discrimination Policy:

Zaboosh does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. 

This workshop is geared toward working ASL interpreters and interpreting students and will be presented in Spoken English.

*RID credits are sponsored by Zaboosh. Zaboosh is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for .3 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

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