Convergence, Contact and Interaction
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9 Training Translators and Interpreters for a Digitised and Globalised World: Wikipedia, Lingua Francas and Critical Thinking (Simo K. Määttä)
Simo K. Määttä
9 Training Translators and Interpreters for a Digitised and Globalised World: Wikipedia, Lingua Francas and Critical Thinking
This chapter describes two methods aimed at fostering transferable, twenty-first-century skills, more specifically critical-thinking skills, in translation and interpreting training. First, the study involved students of an introductory course in professional translation who translated a section of a Wikipedia article from French into Finnish for a project that they managed and self-assessed. The project included not only translation, but also editing, proofreading, localising, synthetic translation, and coding. One of the goals of this project was to expose students to the responsibilities of the academic community in the production of impartial information and knowledge. Second, the study involved students of an introductory course in legal translation who were exposed to the linguistic, cultural, and administrative variation within the francophone world through the production of different texts related to adoption and a lecture in which a complex network of intertextual chains in the domain of family law was analysed. A central goal of this translation course was to prepare translation students for legal and community interpreting by emphasising the connections between translation and interpreting in lingua franca contexts. The development of critical-thinking skills was the main goal of both courses. The paper argues that fostering transferable, general working-life skills such as critical thinking should form the basis for preparing employable translation and interpreting students for a precarious job market.
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