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Constructing Translation Competence

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Edited By Paulina Pietrzak and Mikołaj Deckert

«The volume reflects latest trends and developments in the field of translator and interpreter training research, reconciling both theoretical and empirical approaches. The strength of the edited volume lies in its thematic and conceptual consistency, presentation and application of a variety of innovative methodologies and approaches and providing interesting, research-based practical solutions that can be effectively used in the classroom. I am deeply convinced that the volume constitutes a valuable, thought-provoking and useful contribution to the field that will be of interest to the community of researchers and educators.»
Dr hab. Joanna Dybiec-Gajer, Associate Professor, Pedagogical University of Cracow
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Agnieszka Chmiel – Contextualising interpreter training through simulated conferences

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Agnieszka Chmiel

Adam Mickiewicz University

Contextualising interpreter training through simulated conferences

Abstract Effective interpreter training should create interpreting conditions as similar to real-life professional practice as possible. One of the didactic tools to ensure that is a simulated conference. This article focuses on two types of simulated conferences, both in line with the social constructivist approach (students acquire expertise and develop social skills through solving problems and collaboration) and supporting the idea of autonomous and situated project-based learning (students take responsibility for their own learning and experience near-authentic working conditions). One is a full working day conference with authentic materials but no live delivery, the other is a shorter project-based event with students acting as organisers, session moderators, speakers, attendees and interpreters. Both forms are highly recommended, with the latter offering more opportunities to develop professional awareness, know-how and such soft skills as cooperation, organisation and time management.

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