Interpreting down under: Sign language interpreter education and training in Australia

Karen Bontempo*, Patricia Levitzke-Gray

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    THE SHEER size of Australia and the country's geographical settlement pat terns have presented some challenges for the development of sign languag interpreter education and training "Down Under." The land area of main land Australia is almost as large as the United States (excluding Alaska about 50% greater than Europe (excluding the former USSR), and 3 times greater than the United Kingdom ( Yet onl 21 million people live in Australia, mostly in urban areas and along th coastline (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007). The most recent estimat of the number of deaf people who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language in Australia is approximately 6,500 people (Johnston, 2004).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational perspectives on sign language interpreter education
    EditorsJemina Napier
    Place of PublicationWashington, DC
    PublisherGallaudet University Press
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Print)156368411X, 9781563684111
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Publication series

    NameInterpreter education series ; v. 4


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