What makes a truly “good” interpreter? A seeming command of multiple languages? Expertise in expressive or receptive skills? Making complex concepts simple to understand? Always knowing just what to say/sign as well as when and how to do so?
Surely, we’ve all watched other “good” interpreters at work, sometimes with admiration, wonder, or maybe even a tinge of jealousy. But why do we label them “good”? For that matter, why do we label ourselves “good”? (you know we do!) Do credentials, certification or background in themselves define us as interpreters, or are there other intangibles that affect who we are and how we go about our work?
Get ready to do some self-scrutiny as we discuss the various definitions of a “good” interpreter (and not so good) and focus on qualities that make them that way. After that, delve into a discussion of the characteristics of interpreters that cannot be defined by a simple testing process, but that very well can determine if we, or others, are as “good” as we think. By the end of this webcast, you may very well replace “I’m a good interpreter!” with, “How good an interpreter am I”? Join me as we seek to find the answers together.
0.3 Professional Studies
The Betty & Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. The Professional Studies program is offered at the 'Some' Content Knowledge Level.
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Working sign language interpreters
In late 2006, Earl and his wife moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, where he earned his BEI certification and interpreted for various colleges and interpreting agencies, including training with Sorenson VRS. In August 2012, Earl, his wife, and 3-year-old son relocated to Shreveport, LA, where Earl currently serves as a Staff Interpreter at The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center. Now that the preoccupation of relocating and welcoming a second child into the world has somewhat subsided, Earl will pursue his RID certification to better serve the Deaf community – and because he simply cannot allow his older sister to beat him at everything.