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Constructing Translation Competence


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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Wojciech Figiel – Teaching translation and interpreting to students with vision impairments


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Wojciech Figiel

University of Warsaw

Teaching translation and interpreting to students with vision impairments

Abstract This paper presents partial results of the study on translators and interpreters with sight impairments, based on 15 individual semi-structured interviews conducted in Poland between August and November 2014. It also highlights some of the personal experiences of the author who himself is a blind translator and interpreter. The main issue addressed is whether translational professions are accessible for people with sight impairments and how teachers should support the process of training of such students. It is argued, both on the basis of the results of the study as well as author’s personal experience, that translational professions are accessible and that teaching blind students requires just a few tweaks to regular classes in translation and interpreting. The paper concludes by describing the potential for blind people as respeakers.

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