Trainers Webinar # 8

 Straight into the Deep End?

A Systematic Approach to
Skill Acquisition
and Goal-Setting in Interpreter Training

By guest Trainer of Trainers Rachel E. Herring, M.A.


This live webinar took place on July 24, 2014.
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 Approved by CCHI for 1.25 instructional hours.


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Dialogue interpreting is a complex cognitive activity carried out in a dynamic environment. Developing competence at the interpreting task requires that novices acquire and refine necessary skills. The interpreter trainer can facilitate this process by taking a systematic and structured approach to designing learning activities. 

In this webinar, participants: 

  1. Learned about basic concepts in skill acquisition and expertise studies as applied to interpreting.
  2. Were introduced to a systematic approach to interpreting-skill acquisition and goal-focused practice.
  3. Practiced adapting material and exercises to focus on specific skills or subskills of interpreting.

This was a two-hour webinar with a stretch break.  Participants were asked to apply the concepts presented in the webinar to their own training context.  If you are watching the video recording, you may want to have pen and paper or word-processing software readily available.


Some of the comments received:

  • Thanks so much. This is the best resource for me since I live so rural. Great information, very usable and relevant. My interpreters will benefit too.
  • VERY useful information!  So many concepts I'd never really thought of on a conscious level.  I will be looking at my classes with fresh eyes.  Thank you!
  • Ms. Herring gave a compelling and much-needed presentation about pedagogical approaches based on cognitive research... Thank you very much for sharing your excellent work with us!
  • A very useful webinar which will no doubt inform my own preparation as a trainer.
  • Good suggestions and creative ideas for training. I do trainings through BTG and these are helpful. Sometimes trainers find themselves without ideas and the usual isnt working. I appreciate her sharing.
  • Special thanks to NCIHC training team for bringing up quality and proffesionalism to the interpreting field.
  • I learned good information that will help better my self. Thank you.
  • I look forward to the recording.  I will listen again.  I hope I find that it's possible to share the recording with others. 
  • It was great to hear everyone's idea. Thank you so much for having this opportunity!
  • Thanks for the examples and how to approach different situations
  • Excellent information. Thank you.
  • Excellent material, I would like to hear more from this presenter!
  • Great focus. Highly academic which is great.
  • Great Presentation!  Thank you Rachel.
  • It was very informative.  Thank you!
  • One of the best webinars yet! Wonderful!
  • Thank you for offering this much needed training!
  • Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity and useful information!
  • Thank you! Happy anniversary!






About the presenter:

Rachel E. Herring holds an M.A. in Translation and Interpreting from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Interpreter Training from the University of Geneva, where she is currently pursuing doctoral studies. She teaches interpreting at Century College (Minnesota) and is an interpreter at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She has presented on interpreting and interpreter training in a variety of venues, and is involved in the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare's webinar series for trainers. Her academic work centers on expertise studies, with a focus on cognitive processes, skill acquisition, and self-regulation.  

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