Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the Next Generation of Interpreters

by Sarah Lynn Wheeler, M.Ed.
slwheeler81@gmail.com 

 

Abstract

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 For so long, interpreters operated for years under a language transfer model, which was largely associated with monological interpreting work. For so long the interpreting field has utilized pedagogical models which focus on on interpreting language and culture, and in some ways this model has been insufficient because of new research that has come out on emotional intelligence (EI). This commentary paper addresses the current and addresses the changing generational landscape of the interpreting profession by incorporating emotional intelligence while working with colleagues, interpreting teams, the Deaf community, and other professionals. This commentary paper examines how interpreters can make more effective decisions with a greater understanding of the underpinnings of social interactions and human emotions. 
Keywords: emotional intelligence, interpreting, interpreting studies, generations, interpreting pedagogy 
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Proceedings of the 2018 Biennial Conference

Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership