Pooling Academic Excellence with Entrepreneurship for New Partnerships
Edited By Martin Forstner, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Mingjiong Chai
This volume contains contributions in English, French, German and Italian.
Assessing Public Service Interpreters
Many public and private organisations have developed their own systems of selecting and assessing potential interpreters for specific assignments. There are various approaches which involve interviews, tests, and written assignments. The present paper investigates the selection process and quality assessment of interpreting skills and behaviours developed by Praxis Interpreting+. Praxis is a charitable organisation, which specialises in helping immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. It works closely with Médecins du Monde.
The paper examines the effectiveness of an assessment model of interpreting skills and behaviours, which represents one part of the assessment programme at Praxis. In particular, the paper considers the following criteria: factual and linguistic accuracy, completeness, fluency and delivery, register and coherence, terminology and how each candidate copes with unknowns/anxiety management. The paper analyses the assessment model through the performance of candidates during role-play situations which were created in order to assess relevant interpreting skills. Praxis assessment model is compared to assessment criteria proposed by Kalina (2002) using the same score system.
Many public and private organisations employ interpreters mostly on a freelance basis since the demand and requirements fluctuate ← 383 | 384 → in various language combinations. In view of this, employers increasingly face the issue of quality assurance and the development of selection criteria for the assessment of interpreters applying for particular interpreting assignments or a series of assignments when they take place regularly. In the latter...
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