Educating signed language interpreters in Australia: A blended approach

Jemina Napier*

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    THIS CHAPTER describes an innovative approach to educating sign language interpreters, through a program established at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The course is innovative because it uses a blended approach in three key ways: (1) the curriculum of signed language interpreting students is blended with that used for spoken language interpreting students; (2) various interpreting and discourse theories are blended to provide a theoretical framework as a foundation for interpreting skills development; and (3) the program is delivered by combining online and face-to-face teaching. This chapter provides an overview of the program for both spoken and signed language interpreters, detailing the structure, content, and delivery modes, with the aim of encouraging other interpreter educators to consider using a blended pedagogical approach in terms of curriculum development and delivery. In order to set the scene for the education of signed language interpreters in Australia, it is worth providing an overview of the university interpreter education available and to introduce the notion of "blended learning".

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Approaches to Interpreter Education
    EditorsCynthia B. Roy
    Place of PublicationWashington, D.C.
    PublisherGallaudet University Press
    Number of pages37
    ISBN (Print)1563682974, 9781563682971
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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