Signs of Development Signs of Development Individual Study Modules ACET RID, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

You can take up to six months to complete your modules.

What are Signs of Development's ISMs?

Signs of Development

Signs of Development has developed a series of certification preparation Individual Study Modules that have proven to be highly successful! We have mentored in excess of 1,000 interpreters, including Deaf interpreters, to successfully take and pass all aspects of the certification process: NIC, CDI, SC:L, EIPA and state tests. CEUs are available for each of the groups.

Often, interpreters who are already certified will take a study group as a refresher to the information, as well as to earn valuable CEUs toward their continuing education requirements.

The Online ISM Concept

These are not classes or workshops. The Individual Study Modules are developed and provided with guiding curricula. All groups have an available mentor/facilitator, but you will work independently.

There are posting requirements for each unit, but when you post is up to you, your schedule and circumstances. Each unit generally takes two weeks at 3.5 hours weekly; however, now you can go faster or slower as your schedule dictates. You have up to six months to complete each module.

You may join at any time!

Start Dates & Duration: NIC, CDI, EIPA Written, Performance & Ethical Decision-Making

The NIC and EIPA modules are eight units each of a suggested two weeks per unit. We work hard to make sure that our programs and services are as accessible to each interpreter's situation and needs as possible!

Start Dates & Duration: SC:L, Legal Ethical Decision Making Modules

The SC:L/Court and Legal Written Test ISM Parts 1 & 2 and the Court/Legal Ethical Decision-Making Module also have flexible start and end times. These modules have a fixed completion schedule. For example, an interpreter beginning the SC:L/Court & Legal Written module Part 1 has 12 weeks to complete it. Likewise, Part 2 must be completed within 12 weeks from the start date.

The Court/Legal Ethical ISM is worth 8 hours (0.8 CEUs) and must be completed within 31 days. Participants can work at whatever pace suits the individual needs as long as it is completed within the timelines established.

The Work & Requirements - Note from Lynne Wiesman

The written test ISMs (NIC, CDI, SC:L, and EIPA) are probably the most labor-intensive because they deal with the need to know facts and information. Each unit consists of 10-20 questions that the participants research, then post responses. The goal is to have participants "owning" the information and applying their own experience and knowledge to the questions. This approach has proven to be highly successful when participants research the information and make connections to their own experiences. It is far more readily retrievable on test day.

For any of the written test preparation, I strongly recommend you obtain a copy of So You Want to be an Interpreter, edition 3 or 4. I have also provided a number of articles and readings that will be available in the ISM forums.

Additionally, a goal for these written test ISMs is to have participants understand the mechanics of multiple- choice tests. For each unit, participants develop a set of questions and responses with the mentor/ facilitator's guidance. In this way, participants are able to understand how tests are developed and are not as intimidated by the "tricky" questions. There is also a 150- question mock test provided in the last unit so participants can test their knowledge, ability to respond to questions from multiple developers and styles, and become adept at outsmarting the "tricky" question format!

Participants are asked to post a summary post at the conclusion of each unit. This summary is a way for them to synthesize their learning and post a synopsis that can be used to "cram" (since reviewing the entire set of posts from previous weeks would not be advisable, feasible, or even possible).

The Interview/Ethical Decision-Making module is structured a bit differently and takes participants through a step-by-step approach to responding to ethical dilemmas. The group applies the DECIDE process to responding to ethical dilemmas presented. There are various other techniques and tools that have been developed and are used to ensure that those taking the interview test score very high on this aspect of the test. Four sets of five questions are provided to practice and for feedback in Unit 7. Unit 8 contains a set of five questions or ethical dilemmas as a mock test as well as a discussion of the demands and controls on testing day. This has been one of the most successful forums. Participants report that it not only helps them on test day but also for their interpreting careers!

For the Performance Test module, participants develop a set of video samples from which to conduct the analysis work and are the basis for the self-analysis in all of the units. A copy of the videos is sent to a mentor to do what is called a Readiness Assessment (RA).

All of the self-analysis tools I have developed in training mentors and mentees is provided to members of the Individual Study Modules. Also, in each of the ISMs (written, interview, and performance), you will see a lot of information about how to prepare for test day.

This is a snapshot of the ISM process. Hope this information helps!

Looking forward to working with you all toward your certification goals!

~Lynne