What element can no effective interpreter live without? Answer: Strong English skills. Only when you have strengthened your use and understanding of English can you transfer messages effectively to ASL. So says leading interpreter educator Carol Patrie, who promises that you will gain assurance and increase linguistic capacity once you boost your English skills with the aid of English Skills Development.
Even if English is your first language, it's important to develop English skills with conscious effort in order to build confidence and improve your versatility as an interpreter. Too often, students and working interpreters neglect this critical area, weakening their ability to master the complex tasks involved in interpreting between two languages. Effective interpreters shift more easily between English and ASL, enjoy translating, consecutive interpreting, and simultaneous interpreting more, and have more satisfied clients.
Designed for interpreting students and working interpreters, English Skills Development is full of challenging exercises with video recorded source materials to build strong English skills and trigger the kind of linguistic quickness that is essential to the interpreting process. Give yourself a comprehensive, powerful learning tool with helpful theoretical Introductions for each topic, Study Questions, and a structured Five-Step Follow up.
- Visual Form and Meaning
- Meaning and Visual Form
- Lexical Substitution
- Paraphrasing Propositions
- Paraphrasing Discourse
- Main Idea Identification
Use these innovative step-by-step self-study materials to enhance your mastery of English and become a more effective, confident interpreter. The English skills we use in our day-to-day lives don't cover all of the skills required for interpreting. English Skills Development answers this need.
The Effective Interpreting Series is a multi-installment series offering five sets of source materials in English to use with any other language in a language pair, and five sets of source materials in American Sign Language (ASL). The series takes the complex skill of simultaneous interpreting and breaks it down into manageable components, allowing interpreters to increase the individual skills that lead to effective simultaneous interpreting.
About the author:
Carol J. Patrie, Ph.D., was instrumental in designing and implementing the Master of Arts in Interpretation at Gallaudet University. An author of many National and International publications and a sought-after speaker and trainer, Patrie is one of the foremost professionals in the field of Interpretation and Education.