Fundamental Aspects of Interpreter Education: Curriculum and Assessment

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 310 pages
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The author offers an overview of the Interpreting Studies literature on curriculum and assessment. A discussion of curriculum definitions, foundations, and guidelines suggests a framework based upon scientific and humanistic approaches curriculum as process and as interaction. Language testing concepts are introduced and related to interpreting. By exploring means of integrating valid and reliable assessment into the curriculum, the author breaks new ground in this under-researched area.Case studies of degree examinations provide sample data on pass/fail rates, test criteria, and text selection. A curriculum model is outlined as a practical example of synthesis, flexibility, and streamlining.
This volume will appeal to interpretation and translation instructors, program administrators, and language industry professionals seeking a discussion of the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum and assessment theory. This book also presents a new area of application for curriculum and language testing specialists.

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Preface and acknowledgements
Interpreter education literature
Fundamental aspects of curriculum
Foundations of interpreter performance assessment
Introduction to the case study
Translation and interpretation competence
Survey of exam jury members
On the political and ethical consequences of test validation
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Name index
Subject index

Case study Part III
Implications of the case study
An integrated Ytrack model

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