Improving Student Access: A Project Access E-Workshop

The First Day

The first day of class is like no other.

The instructor stands before a group of mostly strangers. New ideas are expressed in ways that are probably not fully familiar. Expectations are set.  Students are asked to trust, to be diligent, to show effort. Instructors are expected to be clear, to be respectful, to provide direction.

The first day is an important day… impressions are made that will persist for weeks and months.


The first day of class is like no other.

Interpreters are in classrooms (and studios, and labs, etc.) to facilitate equal access to communication that is both spoken and signed. The function of the interpreter, therefore, is to transmit language in a manner that is accessible for deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing participants.


If an instructor delivers a lesson at too fast a pace, students may be affected in a few ways. First, the message may go by so fast that it is never fully understood. Second, while it may be understood, there may be insufficient time to integrate it with previously learned material. 

The bottom line: The pace and delivery of instruction must match the learner’s ability to understand and retain presented information.