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Making it sound right: Interpreting from BSL to spoken English

15th August 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Presenter:

Brett Best is a fully qualified American Sign Language (ASL)/British Sign Language (BSL)/English interpreter, interpreter trainer and researcher. She regularly works in multi-national contexts and specialises in conference interpreting, politics and higher education with considerable experience and continued practice in community interpreting and video remote interpreting. Brett holds a BA degree in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., an MSc in European Masters in Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) from Heriot-Watt University, and a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The Webinar:

Working from BSL to spoken English makes many interpreters feel a bit on edge. It can be a challenge to take the message expressed in a visual, spatial language and not only preserve accuracy, but also make it sound natural in a linear, spoken language. The goals of this presentation are twofold. First, we will look at factors that influence the reasons why interpreters may feel more anxiety when working in this direction and what can be done to alleviate apprehension. The second part of the presentation will explore strategies that interpreters can use to deliver a smooth, natural sounding interpretation in spoken English. Recent research studying interpreters working from a signed to a spoken language will also be presented and will inform the basis for some discussions. This content is suitable for interpreters of all levels.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Name at least two factors that might cause interpreters to feel more anxiety when working from BSL to English
  2. List three things to keep in mind when making a spoken English interpretation “sound right”
  3. Identify at least two differences between BSL and English that may lead to an unnatural sounding interpretation

The ASLI webinar programme is an ASLI member benefit and webinars are free for members to attend. Please email training@asli.org.uk to book your free place.


15th August 2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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