Interpreting Students Visit Deaf Direct
Deaf Direct have a history of supporting interpreters as they navigate their training to become fully fledged professionals in our field. Over the years we have undertaken a number of activities with the University of Wolverhampton, such as hosting work placement students. On the 8th February we offered something a little different to the norm – the students came to us for their day of lectures!
Final year interpreting students are required to study ‘sight translation’ – working from written English into BSL – and Deaf Direct were happy to support this learning. We opened up our Centre for a ‘site visit’, where students have the valuable experience of seeing how interpreting works outside the classroom. Our weekly newsletter translations and weekly support sessions for deaf BSL-users provided the perfect opportunity for the students to see sight translation in practice.
Of course, real life doesn’t necessarily run to plan; it was a ‘warts and all’ experience! I am most grateful to the Deaf community members who were so willing to support the students and share their time and experiences with them. Particular thanks to John Purser (Deaf Direct Trustee) who gave several hours of his time, and really helped make the day a success. I also need to thank Jane Abbey for sharing her wealth of experience in telephone interpreting, and to the Info Team for doing all the stuff that no one notices but is so vital to any event. Thank you all.
The students wanted to convey their thanks also, and a few quotes from them are included here (they said a lot more, but there isn’t room for all of it!)
” I found coming to Deaf Direct a truly enjoyable and worthwhile experience. … all the theory that I have learned over the past months has finally taken shape and I am able to understand the importance of services like yours to a much greater degree.… Thanks to all who made this trip possible.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to visit Deaf Direct on the 8th February. The visit was a real insight into the day to day running of an organisation and I personally found it a great learning experience.”
“I wanted to say a big thank-you to you and the staff for allowing our class to come to Deaf Direct last Wednesday. I found the day to be really beneficial and I’m sure the whole class would agree…I think it’s really important that student interpreters … work with real deaf people from the community. Deaf Direct was a safe place that could provide us with that chance. Thank you all for the opportunity.”