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What is Ad Hoc Interpreter

Handbook of Research on Teaching Methods in Language Translation and Interpretation
Is an untrained person who is called upon to interpret, such as a family member interpreting for her parents, a bilingual staff member pulled away from other duties to interpret, a self-declared bilingual in a hospital waiting-room who volunteers to interpret, or an advanced language student. Also called a chance interpreter or a lay interpreter.
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Cross-Fertilization of Training and Research in a Master's Program in Public Service Interpreting and Translation: Some Challenges and Results
Carmen Valero-Garcés (University of Alcalá, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6615-3.ch021
This chapter addresses the need to combine training, research, and practice to guarantee the existence of competent professionals in the field of Public Service Interpreting and Translating (PSIT) (also known as Community Interpreting and Translation [CIT]). These elements are integrated in the design of the Master's in Intercultural Communication, Public Service Interpreting and Translating (MICIT) at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain. The program is based in the principle of cross-fertilization of these three main parameters: training, internship, and research. The focus of this chapter is to show the interrelation between these three elements, with special emphasis on the last element: research.
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