Presentation | “Fitting the Program to the Learners:  Adapting Translation Competence Models to Heritage Speakers”

Come join us on on Oct. 5, 2023, at 3:00 PM, for a presentation by Cristina Lozano Argüelles and Aída Martínez-Gómez.

This presentation is part of the CILC Heritage Interpreting research project, which aims to develop an interpreting curriculum that capitalizes on the strengths of heritage learners. 

The field of translation and interpreting is experiencing significant growth, with a projected 20% increase in job opportunities between 2021 and 2031. While college language departments are responding to this trend by introducing translation and interpreting programs, these programs typically overlook both the distinct needs of heritage speakers—who make up a sizable portion of these majors—and their valuable previous experience as informal translators and interpreters for their families and communities. This presentation addresses these students’ current language use; their language acquisition trajectories; their language proficiency in English and Spanish (both self-assessed and ACTFL-rated); their interpreting competence; and their experience as child language brokers. This presentation will also describe how knowledge of these particular linguistic characteristics can support the development of a curriculum better tailored to these future interpreters.    

Date |  Thursday, October 5, 2023 
Time |  3:00-4:00 PM
To attend |Register here to get the Zoom link. 


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