Quality of BSL/English Interpreting


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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  1. Tony Nicholas says:

    No Rob, bad intepreting is not another form of discrimination. While it can reflect poorly on people ina given situtaion, it’s not discrimination.

    The thing with interpreting, is it’s just that interpreting – not mind reading -and a person can only interpret what they can see/ read or hear.

    This is turn is influenced by a terpreter’s experience and training AND cultural and social upbringing.

    It seems that Deafies are/or have been advancing far more rapdily than the profession of interpreting, especially in specialist areas. More time and money is devoted terpreter ‘general’ terpreter training, not specialist, which would require more training again….. but if we’re lucky, we may strike terpreter’s who have an interest in a specialist area.

    There are other mitigating factors – the pace of change, few terpreters available to meet demand and the demands placed on the available terpreters to keep up with it all.

  2. Mrdini says:

    I would daresay part of the problem lies with the interpreting agencies out there.

    Currently, there is no way to specify whether you want an interpreter who has knowledge in a particular area. I.E. if I want a terp with familarity with IT – not possible, unless you’re dealing with an agency who has good familarity with the terps they use.

    On the other hand, when I was at Wolves uni, the uni’s communications support unit tend to try to use the same terps for the same courses. As a result, these terps tend to pick up the jargon that’s used in these courses, and as a result, they’re probably somewhat better than a freelance terp who probably haven’t much experience with IT…

    Ideally, agencies would track specialities that terps have professed an interest in, and would be willing to interpret for. Don’t count on this happening any time soon though.

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