Higher order research and preparation skills are essential requirements for interpreters working in the community as they are ethically bound to “undertake appropriate preparations for all assignments” (AUSIT, 2012). Interpreters at all levels of certification are expected to be able to use a variety of tools and methods to search for information, including some specialist resources, and to extract and manage complex information from research and apply it to the interpreting process (NAATI). Interpreters must also understand specialist terms and be able to interpret them into appropriate target language equivalents in order to achieve accuracy.
It is therefore crucial that interpreters know how to prepare for assignments, are competent in building specialist glossaries and maintain them throughout their career. This online course aims to assist interpreters in enhancing their assignment preparation strategies which include obtaining relevant information prior to the assignment, researching the specialist domain using reputable resources and seeking a detailed briefing on the day of the assignment. We will also discuss the benefits of building your own glossaries and explore the process of compiling a comprehensive glossary. We will put it all into practice by building a sample medical glossary for a cardiology appointment.
Preparation for assignments
How to get information about the assignment prior to and on the day
General research skills for interpreters
Useful multilingual and multimodal resources
Benefits of building your own glossary
Glossary building process
Practical application of research and glossary building skills.
This course is suitable for interpreters working in community settings at the RPI, CPI and CI level, who wish to develop their research and glossary building 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 ethical obligations to prepare for an assignment
Where to obtain relevant information about an assignment
How to research a specialist topic
Benefits of building a glossary
Glossary building process
Prepare for assignments
Research a specialist topic
Produce a comprehensive glossary
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