ABSTRACT: Re-Focusing Interpreting Assessment in the US: Meaning-Based Interpreting

Assessing meaning-based interpreting requires an understanding of the complex factors that impact first, communication, and second, the interpretation of it. Such assessment extends far beyond simple miscue analysis, vocabulary corrections, and language lessons.

The TIEM Assessment Project has gathered and studied assessment rubrics from national and international assessment groups, both deaf and hearing, and for signed and spoken language interpreting. We invite any group or individual to learn more about it, send us questions, and try it out! We are also available to help train you and/or your organization in its applications. Contact BetsyWinston@TIEMCenter.org for more information.

Beyond Equivalence:
Reconceptualizing Interpreting Performance Assessment

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PowerPoint Handout: Winston Interpreting Assessment

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Presented by Dr. Betsy Winston, representing the TIEM Center Interpreter Assessment Project at the international Xiamen University 100th Anniversary Conference, Panel on Sign Language Interpreting Education & Assessment (April 2-3, 2021)

  • Presentation Language: spoken English, with English captions.
  • Run time: Approx. 14 minutes

Biography: Dr. Winston is the Director of the Teaching Interpreting Educators and Mentors (TIEM) Center, a Center focused on excellence and integrity in interpreter and mentor education and research. Her areas of expertise include teaching and research in interpreting, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, English and ASL discourse analysis, interpreting skills development, educational interpreting, multimedia applications in ASL research and teaching, and teaching at a distance.

She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Linguistics with a focus in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University, and an M.Ed. in Technology & Education from Western Governors University. She has edited 5 volumes, with two more in preparation, three Conference of Interpreter Trainers Proceedings, and multiple articles contributing to the field of interpreting education. Dr. Winston has been honored by CIT and RID in 2000 with the Mary Stotler Award, for her contributions to the field of Interpreter Education; in 2016, she received the Outstanding Service to Interpreting award from NAD, as a member of the RID Certification Committee.