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North West Role-Space: Understanding Our Place in Interactions

13th May 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – £65.00


Understanding Our Place in Interactions

Presented by Robert G. Lee

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Dates and Times:


4 Thursday evenings,  7:00-9:00 PM Via Zoom:


13 and 27 May 2021

10 and 24 June 2021


Note: Participants must commit to all 4 sessions in order to maximumly benefit from the training and receive their CPD certificate.

Sign Language Interpreter available on request

Participants will be sent a link to a video lecture (approximately 45 minutes)  that needs to be watched prior to the first session.  The first session will be a discussion of the information covered in the video.


Webinar Description:


This 4-session webinar provides an overview of the role-space model of interpreted interactions developed by Peter Llewellyn-Jones and Robert G. Lee (2013, 2014). The core premise is that a ‘role’ is not something that people have, rather is it something that people do. Interpreters must learn to make use of not only their linguistic and cognitive processing skills in interpreted interactions, but also must strategically employ interpersonal skills (e.g., presentation of self, participant alignment, empathy, etc.) in order to facilitate successful interactions between and amongst the primary participants in the interaction. Knowledge of these skills in the interpreter’s working languages are vital for effective interpreting to occur.


The role-space model proposes three interrelated dimensions of interpreter decision making and behaviour: interaction management, participant alignment and the presentation of self.  Decisions made by interpreters during interactions can be mapped to these axes. The interaction between and amongst these axes forms the role-space that an interpreter occupies in any given interaction. After the overview, the interpreter’s role related to each axis will be explored.


Through lecture and discussion, participants will:

  • Review fundamental ideas that underpin all communicative interaction (including the various roles that all speakers/signers undertake during interactions)
  • Be presented with a unified model of interpreter behaviour and decision-making that describes the space that interpreters occupy interactions.
  • Review and discuss implications of the model (e.g., domain-specific interpreting, mentoring, coworking, etc.)
  • Analyse and discuss their own interpreting practice using the role-space model




Llewellyn-Jones, P., & Lee, R. G. (2013). Getting to the Core of Role: Defining Interpreters’ Role Space. International Journal of Interpreter Education5(2), 54-72. (to be provided to participants)


Llewellyn-Jones, P., & Lee, R. G. (2014). Redefining the role of the community interpreter: The concept of role-space. SLI Press.


13th May 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – £65.00
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