Training successful community interpreters:  The key role of metacognition as a basis for developing expertise
by Elena Aguirre Fernandez-Bravo

Developing Expertise

Expertise comes from

Metacognition is one’s knowledge of the learning process with following components

This can be trained and developed in our classroom.

Metacognition and Problem Solving

Important for interpreters because interpreting involves managing the basic metacognitive problem-solving skills such as a problem-solving model from Stramberg (1981) listed below:

  1. problem identification
  2. process selection
  3. representation selection
  4. strategy selection
  5. processing allocation
  6. solution monitoring
  7. sensitivity to feedback
  8. translation of feedback into action plan
  9. implementation of the action plan

All of these steps are undertaken within the interpreting process and the interpreter needs to be aware of how these cognitive processes work.

Community interpreter abilities:

All of these are metacognitive skill sets.

Characteristics of metacognitive learners

Experimental Research

Attempting to measure the students’ metacognitive competence and measure their progress

Classroom Practice:  Who can we do?

Transmission to Transformative Model of Education
Shift from transmission model to transformative model of education

Techniques from Madrid

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