Through my short history of being an interpreter, confidence has always been a factor in my interpretations. In this paper, I seek to shed some light, from the lens of a new interpreter, on how confidence has an impact on interpreting skills while testing different techniques to improve interpreting confidence level. As Harwood (2017) stated, “Individuals start with a fundamental concept of self and then layer on a variety of identities, including a professional identity, thereby forming the answer to the question: who are you?” (p. x). Confidence helps shape this identity for new interpreters, which reflects on every decision-making skill, especially in uncertain situations. When novice interpreters lack in confidence, some strategies may help support their confidence with interpreting.

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

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Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Amanda Smith


confidence, interpreting, interpreter, interpreting studies



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Language Interpretation and Translation

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