Perspectives on Translation and Interpreting Training
Edited By Celia Martín de León and Víctor González-Ruiz
10 Cultural and Intercultural Aspects in Interpreter Training: An ICT-Based Approach (Agustín Darias-Marrero)
Agustín Darias-Marrero 10 Cultural and Intercultural Aspects in Interpreter Training: An ICT-Based Approach Abstract This chapter presents an initial brief overview of theoretical aspects relating to transla- tion and interpreting students’ cultural competence, and then focuses on the relevance of cultural and intercultural competence for trainees in this field. The wide-ranging condi- tions that tend to pertain and condition the carrying out of written translation or oral interpretation make it necessary to deal with cultural issues differently, depending on the communicative situation in question. Similarly, cultural and intercultural competences will be required to a greater or lesser extent depending on the context in which inter- preting takes place. Based on our experience with innovative educational projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT), we propose a series of activities that facilitate mobile learning in liaison interpreting, oriented to enhancing students’ cultural and intercultural competences. Introduction Students on an interpreter and translator training course at university have to address unknown cultural and intercultural factors that can pose problems for them in understanding and translating the source texts. To overcome said problems, even students with a sound grasp of the languages in question constantly have to use skills that go beyond the mere knowledge of these languages. In tackling these difficulties, they are forced to become more aware of the cultures transmitted by their working languages and of the cultural diversity inherent to communication through intermediaries. Our starting point is a brief review of the framework that currently reg- ulates the acquisition...
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