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Looking forward to week 3

In week 3 of the course we will explore ethical codes and concerns, and look at the ways in which good practice is understood in humanitarian interpreting.

We will first discuss the importance of linguistic accuracy, neutrality, impartiality and confidentiality. We will also look at how the manners and dress-code matter in the work of humanitarian interpreters. We will also discuss interpreters’ wellbeing, as interpreting in refugee contexts can be extremely demanding. Interpreters might feel depressed, frequently irritable, anxious, and stressed. They may suffer from vicarious trauma, and burn-out as a result. Self care is thus very important for interpreters working in humanitarian contexts. Finally, we will discuss the importance of ‘reflexivity’ in interpreter’s work.

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