09:30 — 17:30
Ottawa, ON, Canada
University of Ottawa
There are a host of strategies available to conference interpreters for dealing with difficult speech. In this workshop, we work with what’s called the telegraph technique. It’s about paring down utterances to their essential components in such a way that the output sounds like a telegram: “Speaker out of control. Interpreter suffering. Send ice cream.” Think it sounds easy? Wait until you try it! Of course, interpreters do not produce telegraph-like output in the booth, but the technique can be helpful in training oneself to drop extraneous detail when the going gets tough and deliver a product that breathes better and is ultimately easier on both the listener and the interpreter.
Practicing conference interpreters whose working languages include English and French. Participation requires at least B-level proficiency in both languages.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jeff Staflund, M.C.I., Ed.D. has worked in the language industry for over 25 years as a language instructor, proofreader, translator/reviser, and interpreter. He has worked in the public and private sectors and is currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he does freelance work. Jeff is a lifelong learner. His background includes studies in applied linguistics, translation, interpreting and adult education. He is a certified French-to-English translator and federally accredited French/English conference interpreter. He is also keenly interested in the training of language professionals and holds a doctorate in education, with a focus on interpreter training.
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