Volume 29, Issue 3 (2000)
Conducting Instructional Consultation Through Interpreters
Emilia C. Lopez
Abstract: The purpose of this investigation was to explore how the use of school interpreters influenced the process of instructional consultation. The study was conducted in a multicultural high school setting. A case study methodology was used to examine five instructional consultation cases in which interpreters were used to facilitate the communication between the Limited English Proficient students, their parents, consultants,and consultees. The results focused upon the perceptions of the consultees and clients. The findings indicate that working with interpreters served as both a facilitator as well as a barrier during the instructional consultation process. The use of interpreters influenced the pace of the consultation process, the communication between consultation participants, and the establishment of trust with the clients. Implications for practice, training, and research are discussed within the context of instructional consultation.
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