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The dedicated Interpreter Track

This year’s ITI Conference featured a dedicated Interpreter Track, offering many opportunities to hear from leading interpreters in the industry and learn about new developments and technologies.

Sessions included:

Alexander Drechsel  – Use of tablets for interpreters: He explained some of the basic functions, and then recommended some useful apps for terminology, database management, document scanning, accounting on the go and taking notes for consecutive interpreting.

Justine Mason – What Billy Connolly taught me about interpreting: This session discussed the emotional burden of interpreters working in mental health settings and strategies for dealing with this.

Martin Djovcos – Finding the right words: exercises from the applied cognitive neuropsychological model: All interpreters have experienced having a word on the tip of their tongue but not quite being able to retrieve it. This session included exercises to help with aphasia and improve split attention and concentration.

Kirsty Heimerl-Moggan – A fully trained interpreter, now the real work begins: This session looked at the importance of CPD and why practitioners should avoid being ‘a one-trick pony’. Apart from the obvious sources of CPD such as face-to-face or online training via professional associations, she also recommended looking for opportunities at local universities, chambers of commerce and science organisations. It was important not just to consider interpreting courses, but also courses for professionals in the field you want to work in.

Andrea Alvisi – Interpreting Practice Groups 1.0: the #LeedsENIT experience: This session discussed how interpreting practice groups can benefit interpreters. In this peer-to-peer model, new colleagues provide a fresh pair of ears and can comment on performance in a safe environment.

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