Infusing Role-Space Theory and Applications in
Teaching Interpreting: Strategies, Activities, and Applications

Facilitator: Robert G. Lee (co-author of Refining the Role of the Community Interpreter)
Dates: July 20-August 9, 2020 (2+1 Format)

Role-Space Theory has wide-spread applications for interpreting and interpreter education. It is an essential component that needs to be infused into interpreter preparation programs and into mentoring approaches—but how are we doing that?

This interactive webinar is led by Robert G. Lee (co-author with Peter Llewellyn-Jones of Redefining the Role of the Community Interpreter: The Concept of Role-Space SLI Press, 2014)! Participate in active learning using a variety of activities with Robert and other colleagues. Explore how we can (and how we do) infuse role-space theory into our courses, workshops, mentoring, and overall programs.

Throughout the first 2 weeks of the webinar, a variety of activities and discussions are planned; you can participate as little or as much as you want to, or can fit in. During the 3rd week, we leave the webinar open for you to review, reflect, complete any projects related to the topic, and discuss at a more leisurely pace. Throughout the full 3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to:

    • refresh your understanding of Role-Space Theory
    • view an interview with Robert as he discusses why, how, and when we might incorporate Role-Space Theory into our courses and programs;
    • participate in online group discussions;
    • prepare and/or share lessons or activities that you have used, or hope to use, to incorporate Role-Space Theory into your own classes.
    • submit questions directly to Robert for clarification, expansion, and guidance.
    • View Robert’s answers to questions, and reflections on the discussions throughout the week.
      • Specific Pre-requisite skills/knowledge: Basic familiarity with Role-Space Theory (e.g. Webinar 1 or other studies) and some experience/interest in teaching and/or mentoring.
      • Languages: This online Learning Community is accessible via ASL and written English.

Logistics & Materials

    • Required Text: Redefining the Role of the Community Interpreter: The Concept of Role-space (Llewellyn-Jones & Lee, 2014)
      • NOTE: Because so many people already have this text, the fee does not include purchase of original book. If you do not already have it, it can be purchased at: Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
    • Interactive online discussions: To facilitate active online discussions, registration is typically limited to between 8-15 people.
    • Cost: $210.00 $105.00 We recognize the challenges of COVID-19! Registration fee is reduced 50%
      • Returning TIEM webinar participants receive 20% discount!).$84.00
      • Want to review? Repeat a webinar for $25.00 if space is available. $15.00
      • Webinar Refunds: 50% refund if requested in writing 15 days before start of event; no other refunds are available, unless the webinar is canceled due to low enrollment (less than 8, at discretion of Facilitator).
    • Times: At your own convenience during the dates, but there are specific times/dates for assignments.
    • Location: In your favorite chair, home or office…in your pajamas?
    • Target Audience: Interpreters, Educators, Mentors (experience level – intermediate thru advanced)

Schedule & Format (Tentative)

Saturday, July 18, 12:01AMMonday—-Thursday, 11:59PMFriday—-Sunday, 11:59PM
Wk. 1
July 20-26
Refresher: What is Role-Space Theory?
• Lecture: Role-Space Theory (90-minute lecture, recorded for viewing at your convenience.)
• Online Discussion: post questions, ask for clarifications, and refresh your understanding of Role-Space Theory in interpreting.
*Languages: ASL and/or written English
Interview: Robert Lee shares ideas for teaching and learning about how role-space can be a part of interpreter preparation. (20 minutes, recorded for viewing at your convenience)
*Language: ASL & English captions
Wk. 2
July 27-Aug 2
• Online Discussion: post questions, ask for clarifications, and share insights with colleagues.
• Questions for Robert: prepare and submit questions directly to Robert for his ideas and input
Applications: Share teaching plans and ideas for infusing RoleSpace into teaching, programs, settings.
Wk. 3
Aug 3-9
Reflective Review and Project (if doing one)

RID Professional Studies CEUs (0.1-2.0 total) can be earned by participating in this webinar. These are provided as a part of your registration fee, but each participant must track and submit documentation at the end of the webinar in order to receive RID CEUs. More information about this process will be provided at the beginning of the webinar.

Please contact with questions and for detailed information about earning RID CEUs. Documentation for earning CEUs must be submitted no later than 30 days after the end of the webinar.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to discuss new ideas with colleagues and peers!

Facilitator Bio:

Robert G. LeeRobert G. Lee, MA, CI/CT has been interpreting, teaching and researching for more than 25 years. He is currently the Course Leader of the MA and Postgraduate Diploma in British Sign Language/English Interpreting and Translation at the University of Central Lancashire (UK). He has previously taught both Interpreting and Linguistics at Northeastern University in Boston as well as having presented workshops and conference papers in North America, South America and Europe. Robert has served on the Boards of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (UK) and is on the Panel of Experts of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli). He has written extensively on linguistics and interpreting; he co-edited (with Betsy Winston) the RID Press book, Mentorship in Sign Language Interpreting and co-authored (with Peter Llewellyn-Jones) the SLI Press book Redefining the Role of the Community Interpreter: The Concept of Role-space.


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