Training sign language interpreters in Australia: An innovative approach

Jemina Napier*

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This paper describes an innovative approach to training sign language interpreters, through a program established at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The course is innovative because sign language and spoken language interpreting students jointly study key subjects, which enables all students to gain insight into the theoretical applications and professional practices of their respective working experiences. This component is particularly innovative as sign language interpreting programs are typically provided as language specific courses with little (if any) exposure to interpreting students of other languages. This paper will provide an overview of the program for both spoken and signed language interpreters, detailing the structure, content and delivery modes, with the aim of encouraging other interpreter educators to consider combining the teaching of all language interpreters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-223
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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