Edited by Letizia Cirillo and Natacha Niemants
[Benjamins Translation Library 138] 2017
► pp. 64–81
Chapter 3. Sign language interpreting education
Reflections on interpersonal skills
We present a description of our didactic approach to train undergraduate sign language interpreters on their interpersonal and reflective skills. Based predominantly on the theory of role-space by Llewellyn-Jones and Lee (2014), we argue that dialogue settings require a dynamic role of the interpreter in which s/he constantly makes choices based on contextual, interpersonal and intrapersonal factors. Reflection on the interpreter’s interpersonal skills (IPS) is essential to improve the interpreter’s behaviour. We developed several courses of Interpreting Skills (INS) offered during a four-year tertiary education programme, based on the concepts of competency-based learning and teaching. We provide a short description of one course in particular, INS7, and give some examples of practice (role-play) and (self)assessment.