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Pages: 2921-2924
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain


A. Atabekova

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
The 21st century witnesses technology advance that is reshaping the human life and work.

The education is a bright example of the above argument as ICTs are used at every education stage, from nursery schools to higher education institutions, across national boundaries, despite the fields of training.

Nevertheless computer- assisted interpreter training (CAIT) might be estimated as relatively new phenomenon that has become the subject matter of research in education since late 1990s (Gran et al 2002, Sandrelli et al 2007, Berber 2009, Kalina 2010).
Currently, scholars identify a number of trends to implement CAIT.

First, CAIT might focus on digital speech banks/ repositories that are used for compiling educational aids for classroom activities and self-studies.

Second, CAIT might use dedicated tools with modern applications that combine up-to-date utilities thus increasing interaction between computer and students and putting students in quasi professional learning contexts.

Third, Virtual Learning Environments (i.e. IVY) use technology to create a 3D virtual environment that “supports the acquisition and application of skills required in interpreter-mediated communication” (IVY).

The research hypothesis argues that, as for interpreters’ training, technology use should address the needs within varied educational contexts (higher/vocational education, etc.), within varied professional contexts (conference/consecutive interpreting, etc.), vith respect to various skills.

The research methodology included literature review, comparative analysis of computer tools in current use for interpreter training, pilot training, students’ surveys, data processing. The pilot training was based on the constructivist pedagogy. Students’ surveys included open-ended questionnaires to identify strong and weak points of technology instruments under study taking into account different educational context parameters.

The research results have revealed that a careful selection and integration of CAIT tools are strongly required for successful training as different tools are more or less suitable to train different types of interpreting and different skills. Besides, the professional physiological profiles of students should be taken into account while selecting CAIT tools.

The report will provide recommendations for possible practice training pathways, regarding necessary skills, tools requirements, interpreter training scenario with computer-assisted tools.

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author = {Atabekova, A.},
series = {8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-2657-6},
issn = {2340-1095},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {18-20 November, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {2921-2924}}
AU - A. Atabekova
SN - 978-84-608-2657-6/2340-1095
PY - 2015
Y1 - 18-20 November, 2015
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2015 Proceedings
SP - 2921
EP - 2924
ER -
A. Atabekova (2015) IN SEARCH OF TECHNOLOGY FOR INTERPRETER’S TRAINING, ICERI2015 Proceedings, pp. 2921-2924.