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Emotional Intelligence and ASL Education

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has gained much attention over the past few decades. Along with this there has been substantial research on emotional intelligence and applying it to learning a second or foreign language. This workshop will go over the history and foundations of emotional intelligence, particularly on how academic achievement is strongly associated with several dimensions of emotional intelligence. Previous research involving language learning strategies that incorporate emotional intelligence will be discussed. There will be opportunities for discussion on various teaching approaches using emotional intelligence foundations in a college setting to teaching American Sign Language.


Sarah Wheeler

Sarah Wheeler

Sarah, M.Ed., NIC-Advanced is currently working as a freelance ASL/English interpreter. She has been working as a professional interpreter since 2007 and has presented nationally and internationally on various topics related to ASL/English Interpreting. Wheeler’s research focuses on ASL/English interpreting education, with an emphasis on emotional intelligence within the interpreting profession. Wheeler has served in the Air Force for six years, holds a B.A. in Business Management from Mount Olive College, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke Continuing Studies, and an M.Ed. in Interpreter Pedagogy from Northeastern University. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University working on her Ph.D. in General Psychology with an emphasis in Instruction and Cognition. Wheeler has served on the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) in the position of Director of Research and Publications.