Physical Layout Planning

Students are encouraged to visit the room in which a class or event will be held in advance so as to identify the best place to sit and/or stand within a physical space as well as to identify a clear line-of-sight between student and service provider.  As a result, when an interpreter arrives, their location and positioning have already been determined.  If this is not possible then students should contact the professor or event sponsor to ask the following questions:

  • What is the approximate size of the classroom?
  • What is the physical set up of chairs, tables, desks etc.?
  • Which interpreter position allows for an unobstructed view of the interpreter, speaker/s, and classroom board, projected screen and other materials?
  • Should the interpreter sit or stand?
  • What is the delivery method of instruction; lecture, interactive, small group discussion, etc.?
  • Can a seat in the front of the classroom be reserved in order to secure a favorable line-of-sight?