The Interpreting Portfolio as a Self-Regulation Tool in Interpreter Training: Preliminary Findings from a Pilot Study

Keywords: simultaneous interpreting, self-regulation, self-reflection, portfolio


Given that professional interpreters are expected to work in a highly autonomous mode, it is crucial for T&I (Translation and Interpreting) didactics to prepare novice interpreters for the life upon graduation. One of the most pertinent approaches in this context is self-regulation put forward by Barbara Moser-Mercer, whereby students ultimately become self-directed learners. Implementing self-regulatory elements in the SI (simultaneous interpreting) classroom entails introducing strategies such as self-reflection and self-monitoring. Inspiring reflection upon the process and one’s own progress, working towards higher quality standards, and developing the practices of a professional interpreter may be facilitated by providing students with an “individually tailored tool” (Kiraly 49) which enables further development both in class and upon graduation. This article puts forward the SI Portfolio as a self-regulatory tool for novice interpreters in which they can reflect upon and document their progress, evaluate themselves, and develop effective strategies leading to their goals. The results obtained and the positive feedback from the students who participated in the pilot study indicate that implementing the SI Portfolio may be highly efficient with regard to developing self-regulatory skills in novice interpreters.


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