Sight Translation (ST) is an oral translation of a written text (Gile, 2000). Interpreters working at all levels (RPI, CPI, CI) may be asked to sight translate various documents during their interpreting assignments. This online module aims to provide interpreters with an understanding of the ST process and the challenges involved in producing a good sight translation. We will discuss the use of ST in community interpreting settings, including legal, health, education, and welfare.
The ST module also aims to assist interpreters in developing skills for producing a sight translation that is faithful to the original and easy for the listener to follow in the target language. We will provide interpreters with ample opportunity to practise sight translation through exercises involving typical texts.
Introduction to sight translation
ST process, challenges, and procedures
Skills and strategies needed to produce an accurate and fluent ST
Overview of settings in which ST is used in community interpreting
Practice in sight translating typical texts
Tips for further practice and improvement of ST skills.
This module is suitable for interpreters working in community settings at the RPI, CPI and CI level, who wish to understand the process of sight translation and improve their skills.
Anna Kenny, NSW Health Care Interpreter Services Professional Development Coordinator
Anna Kenny is a Polish Interpreter and a Professional Development Coordinator with the NSW Health Care Interpreter Services.
Anna was born and educated in Poland. She graduated from Warsaw University with a Masters Degree in English Philology in 1991. In 2012 Anna obtained a Masters Degree in Interpreting and Translation Pedagogy from Macquarie University, Sydney.
Anna has worked for HCIS for over 25 years. In her current position, she coordinates and facilitates training for health care interpreters across NSW. She has also taught interpreting at Macquarie University, developed medical interpreting resources for RMIT and facilitated several AUSIT seminars on medical interpreting and ethics. Anna is a recipient of the 2018 AUSIT excellence award for Outstanding Contribution to Translation and Interpreting.
The sight translation process and procedures
Community interpreting settings where ST is used with the typical associated texts
What makes a good sight translation.
Produce an accurate and fluent sight translation
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