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Part Six: Assessment and Quality Assurance in Interpreting Hildegard Vermeiren The Final Evaluation of Interpreter Performances: A Social Practice Abstract This descriptive paper aims to explore all dimensions of interpreting per- formance assessment by a panel (jury) in final examinations, and, by doing so, it aims to obtain a better view on its complexities and thus to (help to) organise qualitative better exams. The examination model that we use at our Department is the so-called SCIC( JICS)-model. In addition, my paper is inspired by the so-called Delphi assessment model. Interpreting examinations are very complex assessment events. The usual setting is face to face, and the panel emits its verdict (nearly) in real time. This face to face setting is overall quite intimidating for students. The SCIC( JICS) model or way of assessing interpreting perform- ances leads us to a complex examination situation characterised by: Mul- tiple assessment agents (teachers, observers with dif ferent backgrounds); multiple interpreting performers (students with dif ferent backgrounds); multiple functions of the assessment agents; multiple assessment crite- ria; multiple tasks of the performers (consecutive, simultaneous, retour interpreting); multiple languages of assessment agents and performers; multiple speeches; multiple performances; multiple profiles of performers. The moderator plays a crucial role, and faces a real challenge under time pressure and substantial stress. 286 Hildegard Vermeiren Introduction The aim of this research is to clarify all forces that intervene in the final evaluation of conference interpreting performances. However, if we want to understand this social practice, we first need...
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