For NTID faculty and staff, the NTID SLPI:ASL process is confidential. You control all information regarding any and all SLPI:ASL interviews and ratings. ASLTE will not release ANY SLPI:ASL information concerning you without your permission. You may use any rating you receive for any NTID purpose, even if it is not the most recent.
MSSE students' SLPI:ASL ratings are sent to the director of the MSSE program.
The best way to prepare for the SLPI:ASL is to sign with native signers for extended periods of time regularly in the weeks and months before the SLPI:ASL interview.
Prior to their SLPI:ASL's, candidates may:
- Meet with an SLPI:ASL team member or the Coordinator to discuss the SLPI:ASL process, or invite the ASLTE Coordinator to a department meeting to discuss the SLPI:ASL.
- Have a practice SLPI:ASL Interview with a member of the SLPI:ASL team (not with assigned interviewer). NTID facilities provide options for videotaping the practice interview if desired.
- Watch the assigned SLPI:ASL Interviewer in a normal conversation with a third person, to become familiar with his/her signing.
- Visit the SLPI:ASL Room to see how it is set up for SLPI:ASL interviews.
- Arrange for a practice ASL conversation with a skilled signer immediately prior to SLPI:ASL interview. However, the best preparation is to sign with native signers for extended periods of time in the weeks and months before the SLPI:ASL. Last minute cramming will have limited benefits.
- Request a Deaf SLPI:ASL Interviewer.
- Request another SLPI:ASL Interviewer if you feel the assigned person is inappropriate.
During the SLPI:ASL:
- Be as relaxed as possible and use your normal signing.
- Sign at a rate that is comfortable for you. What's important is how clearly you sign, now how fast.
- Answer questions fully; don't give simple yes/no responses.
- Don't apologize for your signing skills. Be positive. Let the interview show your skills.
- If you make a mistake with your signing, correct it and continue. No one expects you to sign without mistakes.
- If nervousness is a problem, tell the interviewer, who will help you relax.
- You may stop the Interview and start over if you feel it is not going well, or schedule another time for an interview.
- Upon completion of the SLPI:ASL interview, you may immediately request another SLPI:ASL interview if you feel you did not demonstrate your best sign language skills.
After the SLPI:ASL
Upon receiving the SLPI:ASL Rating, we encourage you to schedule a follow-up meeting through the ASLTE office to watch the videotape of your interview, and to discuss your strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for improvement. After the SLPI:ASL follow-up meeting, you may:
- Request another rating
- Request another interview to take place the next time SLPI:ASL's are offered
- Borrow your SLPI:ASL Interview DVD as part of structured sign language training program (course or tutoring).
- Request that the record of your SLPI:ASL be expunged. In this case, we will erase the tape and remove your name from the record of the interview in the ASLTE database.