Perspectives on Translation and Interpreting Training
Edited By Celia Martín de León and Víctor González-Ruiz
8 Situated Quality in Consecutive Interpreting: A Case Study on Trainees (Mara Morelli and Elena Errico)
Mara Morelli AND ELENA ERRICO 8 Situated Quality in Consecutive Interpreting: A Case Study on Trainees1 Abstract This study is part of a project investigating the perception of quality by users of consecu- tive interpreting assignments carried out as part of an on-the-job training scheme offered to our students. From a theoretical-methodological point of view, we have adopted the ethnographic perspective (Angelelli 2004; Valero-Garcés and Martin 2008; Wadensjö 1998) and administered users and other participants a questionnaire based on Collados Aís (1998), which has been adjusted to consecutive interpreting. We have also transcribed the video recordings of the event in full as well as taken field notes. In this chapter we focus on a case study in which the user-perceived quality of trainee performance is fairly consistent with the researchers’ perception of the same event. We also address the sui generis participatory role of the trainees – especially one of them – who at times became almost ratified participants in the speech event. Introduction This study discusses the results of a research project in progress on users’ perception of the quality of a consecutive interpreting (CI) service per- formed by trainee interpreters. The students involved in the study attend a Corso di Laurea Magistrale from the University of Genoa (Italy), where consecutive interpreting modules between Spanish and Italian are taught. In the Italian University system, Corsi di Laurea Magistrale are graduate 1 Although the article is a result of joint design and discussion, Errico is the author of §§ 1, 2...
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