Community Interpreting Explained: 5-2
Updated: May 1
Stages of Community Interpreting:
pre-encounter: preparation, briefing
during the encounter: professional introduction, interpreting, intervening/mediating
post-encounter: debriefing, analysis
Protocols of Community Interpreting:
physical positioning: be unobtrusive, support communicative autonomy, avoid eye contact
a professional introduction: brief, clear, concise in both languages
direct speech – speak in first person
turn-taking or flow-managing
Professional Introduction: a typical version
Hi, I am Jun. I am your interpreter today.
I will interpret everything that is said. (Please avoid saying anything that you don’t want to be interpreted.)
I will keep everything confidential. (I will take notes only to ensure accuracy, and destroy them after the session.)
Please speak to each other, not to me. (If you have any questions, please address the question to each other, not to me.)
Please speak clearly and pause often.
If I need you to pause to let me interpret, I will make this guesture <making the guesture>.
Modes vs. Modalities of Interpreting:
modes: consecutive, simultaneous, sight translation
modalities: refers to different means for the delivery of interpreting, eg, OTP, VRI, on-site, sign language, etc
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