ASL Texts for Consecutive Interpreting Practice


Missing the Target

In this text, Tracy tells of an experience returning a gift at Target where her lip-reading skills did not serve
her well.

Step 1:  Complete Text

Step 2:  Text in Parts

The video below has been separated into sections. Watch the entire section. Then, when the movie is done, produce an interpretation. When you are finished with your interpretation, click the arrow on the right of the video screen to go on to the next section.

Step 3:  Work with Complete Text Again

Now that you have gone through this process and worked with the sections edited for consecutive practice, try interpreting the complete text again.    If you wish, you can also review the English summary of the text to support your comprehension.  It is below.

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English Summary

Missing the Target

Tracy has one story related to Deaf people’s bloopers and how effective lipreading can be. Tracy had to return a Christmas gift from her husband’s parents to Target. She didn’t have a receipt so she expected to get in-store credit. The person at customer service told her it was on clearance so she would only be able to give her that price in exchange. Tracy believed that instead of $7.99, it was on clearance for $7.19. She realized the limits of her lipreading skills when the clerk handed her 79 cents.

These summaries are offered for support in comprehension.  They are written in third person to provide the information contained in the text, rather than a model interpretation.  Use them only as a stepping stone for your own analysis and interpretation.