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Police interpreters

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011, 10:18

There are interesting reports in Private Eye (unfortunately, the web site does not seem to include the details) about the contracts for interpreters.

It seems that the job of interpreter is being deprofessionalised and there are many compromises with quality as a result of saving money.  One shocking case is where Czech interpretation is being used for Slovak users whereas in the Czech Republic, Slovak suspects are given interpreters using Slovak.  As well as the danger of misinterpretation of nuance, there are the general affective factors of suspects being helped by people who do not share the same language.

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Staff development day Cardiff

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Saturday, 17 Apr 2021, 22:22

There was a Languages staff development day in Cardiff last Saturday.

It was interesting to meet people teaching different languages.  There was a strong feeling of teachers of Welsh that they were doing something important in terms of maintaining national identity.

It is clear that Elluminate is being widely used and is seen as having great potential but I wonder how long students need to get used to it.

I gave a brief presentation on plagiarism issues in EAP.

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Language in Greenland

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011, 10:31

A very interesting article on many levels but one of the most interesting for researchers into language is the point that what will be developed is an ethnography of speaking rather than a grammar or dictionary.  Not knowing much about the project, it seems it would be useful to have both but I assume this is not practical.  I certainly see the point of this ethnography of speaking.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/03/last-of-the-arctic-hunters

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