Conference Interpreting – A Trainer’s Guide

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This companion volume to Conference Interpreting – A Complete Course provides additional recommendations and theoretical and practical discussion for instructors, course designers and administrators. Chapters mirroring the Complete Course offer supplementary exercises, tips on materials selection, classroom practice, feedback and class morale, realistic case studies from professional practice, and a detailed rationale for each stage supported by critical reviews of the literature. Dedicated chapters address the role of theory and research in interpreter training, with outline syllabi for further qualification in interpreting studies at MA or PhD level; the current state of testing and professional certification, with proposals for an overhaul; the institutional and administrative challenges of running a high-quality training course; and designs and opportunities for further and teacher training, closing with a brief speculative look at future prospects for the profession.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 121] 2016.  xxxiv, 650 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Extraordinarily comprehensive and meticulous.”
“The language is impeccable, with frequent metaphors that will make the reader smile and a style that even non-native speakers will find very readable. In addition, layout is attractive: overviews or brief explanations of selected points are set off from the body of the text in a reader-friendly box format, with sensible highlighting of ideas for further reading (full details of which can be found in the bibliography at the end of each volume). [...]
For students, the CC volume is definitely attractive and informative [...]. Students will be better able to reflect upon what they do and why their trainers choose specific exercises for them. For trainers, it is advisable to have both volumes – not on their bookshelves, but on their office desks. Whenever they are in doubt about how to organize their courses and what material to use, a look into either volume will provide them with more suggestions than they will ever be in a position to put into practice.”
“These books undoubtedly need to be in the library of any professional conference interpreter and are a must read for interpretation students. [...] The books cover in their scope all major aspects of teaching conference interpretation: until now there was no such attempt so the books are indeed unique. Each topic is sufficiently detailed and the books objectively describe established practices as well as controversies [...]. Currently teaching conference interpretation – in my opinion – depends heavily on standards and rules of a particular educational institution or a particular instructor. The Trainer’s Guide is a unique attempt if not to standardize then to summarize logically and clearly methods and techniques of teaching. It is not possible to go into all details in an Amazon review but the book will be an invaluable training aid for any serious interpreter trainer worldwide. The Complete Course is somewhat smaller in size (470 pages) but is no less comprehensive. Geared more towards students than trainers, it covers duties and responsibilities of an interpreter, prerequisites and exercises, initiation to interpreting. It is a highly practical volume that will be useful in class and outside of it. [...] Both books are truly unique and complete – a real treat for trainers and students and interpreters.”
“This book, together with volume one, forms a coherent whole, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between trainees and trainers in interpreter training. Readers will appreciate the book’s practicality and systematically designed course modules and exercises, which can be used both in and outside the classroom. Given the demands of the conference interpreting profession and the scarcity of high-quality textbooks on interpreter training, this book will undoubtedly be of great value for interpreter trainers, course designers and researchers.”
“The authors' efforts are unprecedented in scale and they have produced a set of works that give the most comprehensive summary of the best practices in conference interpreter training to date. The comprehensive nature of their deliberations means that an interpreter trainer can start from their books before expanding their perusal to wider and more in-depth reading for their practice in the classroom.”
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