Interpretation Service — Different Discourses


Education and Academic discourse

  • Settings: Primary schools, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, vocational training institutes, interest classes, workshops, graduation ceremonies, admission talks, academic conferences, orientation camps, adventurous activities
  • Activities: Lecturing, tutoring, group discussions, seminars, demonstrations, practical tasks, assessments
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: subject specific knowledge, interpretation skills for handling different teaching and learning activities (eg. students reading passage aloud, interpreting technical and subject specific jargons, teacher demonstrating), skills of working with students of different age groups (eg. kindergarten toddlers vs. primary students vs. secondary students)

Workplace discourse

  • Settings: Inside coperations, companies, government bureaux and department
  • Activities: Job interviews, meetings, career consultations, internal trainings, job matching services, company orientation activities, networking sessions, appraisals, ceremonies, annual dinners
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Specific knowledge of the business field, understanding of specific jargons and terms used within the company, understanding of the corporate culture

Medical discourse

  • Settings: Courts, police stations, law firms, jails
  • Activities: Criminal and civil litigation, statement taking, meeting with lawyers, legal consultations, mediation
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Familiarity with legal terms, legal procedures; familiar with the protocols, rules, procedures and speech styles in the court and in the police stations; psychologically prepared to work in stressed and intense environments, and understanding on their own legal responsibility in interpreting in such setting.

Legal discourse

  • Settings: Courts, police stations, law firms, jails
  • Activities: Criminal and civil litigation, statement taking, meeting with lawyers, legal consultations, mediation
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Familiarity with legal terms, legal procedures; familiar with the protocols, rules, procedures and speech styles in the court and in the police stations; psychologically prepared to work in stressed and intense environments, and understanding on their own legal responsibility in interpreting in such setting.

Arts and performance discourse

  • Settings: Theatres, cultural centres, studios
  • Activities: Drama performance, dancing performance, concerts, talent shoes, Chinese opera, variety shows
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Knowledge and skills relevant to the performance and the show, familiar with the use of the artistic form of sign language, the capability of ‘performing’.

Government and public affairs discourse

  • Settings: television, radio, legislative council, public consultations, press conferences
  • Activities: presentations, reporting, meetings, debates, opinion statements, petitions, protests, media interviews, standups
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Familiar with related public affairs and policy issues; being willing to interpret in front of cameras.

Business and commercial discourse

  • Settings: cooperates, companies, organisations
  • Activities: Products/services introduction talks, conferences, meetings, internal trainings, appointments with clients, enquiries, breakfast meetings
  • Required knowledge and skills for interpreters: Specific knowledge of the business field, understanding of specific jargons and terms used within the company and how the field works.

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