Independent Study Packets

Independent Study Packets

Independent study packets offer a unique, custom distance learning opportunity and resource for improving medical interpreting skills and fingerspelling skills.

Each packet offers a complete lesson plan for your independent study (worth up to 2.0 CEUs) using video resources available for free on HealthcareInterpreting.org.

Tip: Consider forming a study group and setting times to work together, then apply for CEUs as a workshop, using the lesson plan in the packet as a guide for your group work.

An Eye for Details

by Linda Ross (May 2004)

When interpreting in medical settings, fingerspelling can be a critical skill to handle effectively. This study packets focuses on taking control of fingerspelling in interpreted discourse. It is designed to accompany two video titles: Navigating Discourse Genres and To the Heart of the Matter.

Bite-Sized​ Pieces

by Doug Bowen-Bailey (January 2004)

Designed to assist interpreters in working with settings related to the digestive system, this study packet accompanies the videos STOMACH THIS! and Internal Discussions: An Appointment with a Gastroenterologist. The packet guides people in working with the material in both an academic and clinical setting.

Hur​ry Up & Wait

by Doug Bowen-Bailey (June 2005)

This study packet is designed to accompany the video of the same name and provides concrete activities for working with this visit to the Emergency Department of St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. 

Steps t​o the Beat

by Doug Bowen-Bailey (February 2004)

Designed to assist interpreters in working with settings related to the cardiovascular system, this study packet is designed to use with the videos To the Heart of the Matter and Internal Discussions: An Appointment with a Cardiologist. The packet is useful for interpreters working with the material in both academic and clinical settings.

Ta​ke These Meds

by Doug Bowen-Bailey (November 2005)

This study packet is designed to accompany the video of the same name. It guides users in working with the three scenarios in the videos with Deaf customers asking questions of a pharmacist. The packet includes reflections from all of the interpreters so you have a sense of what influenced their decision-making process.

This One's for You, Baby

by Marty Barnum and Linda Gill (June 2006)

This study packet prepares you for interpreting in situations related to pregnancy, labor, and delivery. The packet uses the videos from Birth Companions and All in Due Time.

When the Law Meets Medicine

by Doug Bowen-Bailey and Trudy Suggs (April 2007)

The videos and study packet focuses on legal documents that are encountered in a health care setting such as a Patients’ Bill of Rights, information on Advance Health Care Directives, and a Notice of Privacy Practices. Actual texts are shown from Fairview Health Services with sample translations and reflections by Trudy Suggs.