Sunday, January 27, 2013

I've switched blogging platforms

I neglected to forward you all to my new blogging platform.  Please, continue to look at and discuss interpreting ethics at the new address.

For a number of reasons, Word Press will make a better long term platform.  Sorry for any confusion.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blogging platform switch

Please bear with us while we change blogging platforms. We will be up and running again soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Are you late

You set up with your agency and with the staff at your on-going position that you can come in 15 minutes late, a time you won't be getting paid for. You are walking in one day and a staff member -not in your department- comments on your tardiness.

-you laugh it off. He has no idea the situation you've set up already.
-you explain your situation at length including the ethical way you established your situation.
-you say something like 'actually, I'm early'

What are your other options?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Please, Help Me.

You are interpreting multiple choice questions for an exam.  Your student sign, "you'll help me, right?"  You reply, "I'll interpret for you."

You interpret question 1.  She review the responses and signs, "2, right?"  You don't catch your facial expression in time...

from then on you:
+look down after you interpret each question so she can't see your face
+put the paper in front of your face to hid all facial expressions
+go ahead and help her.  She needs all the help she can get.

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Interpreting in the dark

Interpreting in the dark (literal dark, this time. Not figurative) happens so often and in so many different settings we are posting it again. And will post it in the future. The stories may be different and the approaches to solving the problem may be different. Please, how do you interpret when the lights go out?

You are interpreting in the educational setting and your professor shows a long movie clip. Thankfully the movie is subtitled. But the professor holds running commentary throughout the entire clip. There isn't enough ambient light to interpret his commentary.

--you, do nothing. It's not related to the content anyway.
--interpret what you remember when the lights come back on.
--talk to the professor afterward.

What other options do you have?

Sunday, September 23, 2012 survey

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