Technology and interpreting: New opportunities raise new questions

Barbara Moser-Mercer

The integration of new technologies in interpreter training and practise is helping the industry meet increasing demands more swiftly and reliably. More opportunities are emerging to train humanitarian interpreters in the field, and access to technology to support communication for those living in fragile contexts is leading to improved livelihoods.

However, Barbara Moser-Mercer, Professor of Conference Interpreting and Founder and Director of the University of Geneva’s Center for Interpreting in Conflict Zones (InZone), points out that research into the cognitive impact of these new work contexts is not keeping up with the pace of technological change.

In the lead up to her keynote address on the ‘ABCs of technology’ at InDialog in November 2015, OEB interviewed Moser-Mercer to hear about some of the innovative pedagogical approaches being developed  for interpreter training, how new technologies are being utilised and the importance of research to understand how learners acquire interpreting skills in technologically rich environments.

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