Recent Developments in Translatology
Edited By María Amparo Jimenez Ivars and María Jesús Blasco Mayor
Teaching... Naturally: Collaborative Efforts in InterpreterTraining for Development - María Brander de la Iglesia 133
María Brander de la Iglesia, University of Salamanca Teaching... Naturally: Collaborative Efforts in Interpreter Training for Development Since the 1920s it has often been taken for granted that the aim of ed- ucation as a science is to “draw the best out of a child” (Sharma and Romesh, 1998). Yet, the philosophical nature of what Strauss (2001) called the “teaching animal” has shown that there is more than this to education and the study of didactics. The process of teaching is universal, as are translating and interpreting for bilinguals, all three being as “old as the hills” (see, for instance, Hermann, 1956-2002: 17). According to Brian Harris, “insofar bilingualism is universal, so too translating is universal” (Harris, 2009a). Taking as a starting point Harris’ definition of ‘natural’ trans- lation, which for some is opposed to the notion of ‘unprofessional’ translation, we shall define interpreting for development. A key con- cept linked to ad-hoc interpreting is the improvement of quality in production through training and education. The use of collaborative methods, and the development of collaborative learning tools for teaching interpreting skills, allow us to explore new ways of review- ing our own teaching practice, most notably through action research. 1. Towards a Definition of ‘Interpreting for Development’ If we follow Harris and Sherwood’s (1978: 155) definition, ‘natural in- terpreting’ could be considered synonymous with ‘lay interpreting’; that is, interpreting performed by bilinguals who have not received specific training for the task (see, for instance, Pöchhacker, 2004: 22). On...
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