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Pre-Conference Event

Introduction to Communication Theory for Simultaneous Interpreters

Stephanie Jo Kent

Wednesday, October 17 ~ 9 AM - 4:30 PM

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About This Pre-Conference Workshop

Simultaneous interpretation is co-constructed activity with consequences for human society in the dimensions of culture (time) and equality (control). This workshop explores the possibilities and limits of paradigm shift from information-based to relationship-centered professional practices of interpreting, using a combination of critical lecture and experiential conversation.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the two dimensions of all communication (information transmission and ritual interaction) and their key components (space, time) and outcomes (control, relationship)
  • Explain how these dimensions of communication are balanced (or not) in their own interpreting, teaching/training, and/or interpersonal/interlocutor communications
  • Discuss some of the paradigmatic implications of re-adjusting the balance of relationship and information in interpreting practice
  • Distinguish between the engineering concepts of accuracy and precision
  • Explain why this difference is important to interpreters, interpreter trainers, and interlocutors

Cost: $60

CEUs: .6 CEUs

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About the Presenter

Stephanie Jo Kent- Steph’s career in sign language interpreting began in the early 1990s as a member of the BiBi Committee at the Indiana School for the Deaf. She received training in ASL Studies and Sign Language Interpretation from expert Deaf teachers and RID certified interpreters before realizing she actually wanted to be an interpreter. Her main motivation is activism in support of human diversity and social justice. Steph is in the process of building an online Learning Lab for Resiliency™ as a platform combining education and training on selected topics (CEUs!) with action research into group processes geared toward cultivating collective intelligence. Currently, Steph is working on assessing and making recommendations on emergency communications between First Responders and Deaf Americans and is a member of the RID Working Group on Emergency Management Interpreting. Hopefully she will earn her PhD in Communication (subfield: Language and Social Interaction) from UMass Amherst in 2013.

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Registration Information

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Please be advised that you will be asked to complete an Informed Consent form for Human Subjects Research at the start of this pre-conference workshop. A sample form is available here. You will have the right to decline participation in the research and still participate in the pre-conference workshop.

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