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Church Interpreting: The Who, What, How, and Why

August 14, 2023 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Attend this webinar to learn about the growing field of church interpreting. You’ll leave with a much better understanding of the opportunities and skill requirements and whether it’s a specialty you want to pursue!

Church interpreting is a strange and unknown practice to many professional interpreters. In fact, the most common question asked of church interpreters is simply, “Is it a thing?” This webinar will show that it’s indeed a thing and may even be a possible specialty in the near future. It’s also a field of interpreting with its own challenges, problems, and even trauma exposure.

This webinar will cover the basics of church interpreting, including why and where such work takes place, the types of assignments covered, and the skills and personal requirements needed to succeed.

We’ll also explore the similarities and differences between church interpreting, conference interpreting, and community interpreting, with surprising results.

You will learn how to:

  1. Prepare for church interpreting assignments.
  2. Cover a very wide range of meetings, both inside and outside churches.
  3. Meet the varying needs of interpreters from different churches.


About the Presenter

Jonathan Downie is a consultant church interpreter and conference interpreter and interpreting researcher based in Edinburgh. He is the author of two books: Being a Successful Interpreter: Adding Value and Delivering Excellence (Routledge, 2016), and Interpreters vs Machines: Can Interpreters Survive in an AI-dominated World? (Routledge, 2019). He also co-hosts The Church Interpreting Podcast with Lauryn Albizu and edits churchinterpreting.com.

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August 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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Presenter(s): Jonathan Downie
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): English
Level: Intermediate
ATA CEPs: 1.0

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