A Review of Conference Interpretation: Practice and Training

Jennifer Mackintosh


The theory and practice of conference interpretation is reviewed in the first part. In a second section evidence pointing to the existence of an interpreting paradigm is adduced, and pointers to the existence of an associated teaching model are briefly discussed. The third section deals with the training of interpreter trainers and presents some recent developments. In each section reference is made to the most relevant literature, and a list of conferences and symposia on interpreting teaching appears at the end.

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In this article I shall address the following interrelated questions: Is there an agreed paradigm of the processes involved in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation? If so what are its main features? Secondly, is there similar agreement regarding the teaching of interpretation? Thirdly, is there an agreed approach to the training of those who teach?

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