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


Facilitator: Robert G. Lee (co-author of Redefining the Role of the Community Interpreter

Dates: April 1-14, 2019

(2 Weeks)

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 10 days 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. 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: $195.00
    • Cost of required text is NOT included in Registration fee
    • Returning TIEM webinar participants receive 20% discount!
    • 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)

Topic 1: Refresher: What is Role-Space Theory? (April 1-4, 2019/Monday-Thursday)

Available Activities, Formats, & Language(s)

  • Lecture: Role-Space Theory (90-minute lecture, recorded for viewing at your convenience.)

Languages: Spoken English (with captions) and Interpreted ASL.

  • Online Discussion: post questions, ask for clarifications, and refresh your understanding of Role-Space Theory in interpreting.

Languages: ASL and/or written English

Topic 2: Implementing Role-Space Theory in Interpreter Preparation (April 5-11, 2019/Friday-Thursday)

Available Activities, Formats, & Language(s)

  • 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 and English captions

  • 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
  • Shared Teaching Plans*: share a complete activity or lesson with colleagues for input and feedback

Languages: ASL &/or written English

  • Periodic Synthesis: during the week, Robert will review your individual questions, and review the discussions in the groups. He will prepare considered responses and syntheses 2-3 times for the group.

Language: ASL and English captions

Topic 3: Review (April 11-14, 2019/Friday-Sunday)

Available Activities, Formats, & Language(s)

While the webinar discussion closes April 14, 2019, 11:59PM: however, the webinar will be accessible to revisit your insights and learning during this period.

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. 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.