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Abstract

YouTube is a website designed for the purpose of easily sharing videos and is extremely popular with today’s generation of “digital native” students. The technology is easily accessible, free, and relatively simple to use. However, its merits as an educational tool for interpreting seem to be widely underutilized even though it is ideally suited for working with a visual language. In the fall of 2009, I began experimenting with YouTube in my American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting classes. I have slowly incorporated many of YouTube’s useful features in my curriculum, enhancing my ability to provide pre-assignment information, interpreting models, and feedback on student work. So far, the response from students has been very favorable. I hope that sharing my strategies for using YouTube in the classroom will lead to collaboration with my colleagues and further exploration of YouTube as an effective tool in interpreter education.

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