Title

Church Interpreters: Who Are They And What's Their Motivation?

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

Chien-Chun Lin

Session Title

Deaf Studies and Professional Studies posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elisa Maroney

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Church and religious settings are an area in which many non-professional interpreters volunteer their services for Deaf congregants to access the message. It’s also a unique way interpreters have gained interest into the profession of interpreting. That desire to help and provide a service sometimes precedes the knowledge and skills to provide the services of interpreting, which leads to a twenty-year problem of “church interpreters” having a negative stigma within professional certified interpreting circles (James, 1998). Religious environments provide a need and opportunity for interpreting work to be done, creating a setting in which novice interpreters can gain practice. This poster will show identify who these interpreters are who work in church and religious settings, their previous and current certification status, their motivation for pursuing interpreting as a profession, and their experiences as they pursued professional training.

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May 31st, 1:00 PM May 31st, 3:00 PM

Church Interpreters: Who Are They And What's Their Motivation?

WUC Summit

Church and religious settings are an area in which many non-professional interpreters volunteer their services for Deaf congregants to access the message. It’s also a unique way interpreters have gained interest into the profession of interpreting. That desire to help and provide a service sometimes precedes the knowledge and skills to provide the services of interpreting, which leads to a twenty-year problem of “church interpreters” having a negative stigma within professional certified interpreting circles (James, 1998). Religious environments provide a need and opportunity for interpreting work to be done, creating a setting in which novice interpreters can gain practice. This poster will show identify who these interpreters are who work in church and religious settings, their previous and current certification status, their motivation for pursuing interpreting as a profession, and their experiences as they pursued professional training.