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Training 'doctor-minded' interpreters and 'interpreter-minded' doctors : the benefits of collaborative practice in interpreter training

  • Krystallidou, Demi
  • Van De Walle, Céline
  • Deveugele, Myriam
  • Dougali, Evangelia
  • Mertens, Fien
  • Truwant, Amélie
  • Van Praet, Ellen
  • Pype, Peter
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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In response to calls in the literature for more collaborative practice in interpreter training, this paper describes the design, implementation and part of the evaluation of an innovative joint training intervention for interpreting students (Master's level) and 3rd-and 4th-year medical students at Ghent University. In order to assess the development of the students' knowledge and skills, we employed self-efficacy questionnaires; the training intervention was evaluated in a debriefing session with trainers from both fields. A development in skills that involve direct interaction with the primary participants and address specific communicative goals was noted. Our initial evaluation suggests that interprofessional education and collaborative practice in interpreter training can create the conditions for interpreting students to develop a more insightful and reflective approach to their interpreting practice.

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