Educational interpreters have very different jobs depending on the age of the student. If the child is very young, an educational interpreter's job is to be a language model for the student as well as show the student classroom norms and roles. As the student gets older, the interpreter becomes less of a language model and more of language facilitator. The idea is to actively foster independence in a student so they are only using an interpreter to interpret by the time the student leaves high school. Also, due to the fact that English is a second language for most deaf students, additional tutoring may be utilized to add supplementary educational opportunities for mainstream curricula.
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