Teaching Intercultural Competence in Translator Training

Tomozeiu, D., Koskinen, K. and D’Arcangelo, A. 2016. Teaching Intercultural Competence in Translator Training. The Interpreter and Translator Trainer. 10 (3), pp. 251-267. doi:10.1080/1750399X.2016.1236557

TitleTeaching Intercultural Competence in Translator Training
AuthorsTomozeiu, D.
Koskinen, K.
D’Arcangelo, A.
Abstract

In this position paper we define an interculturally competent translator as one that demonstrates a high level of intercultural knowledge, skills, attitude and flexibility throughout his or her professional engagements. We argue that to attain this goal in translator training intercultural competence needs to be introduced into the curriculum explicitly and in a conceptually clear manner. In this article we provide an overview of earlier attempts at discussing the role of intercultural communication in translator training curricula and we discuss the various pedagogical and practical challenges involved. We also look at some future challenges, identifying increasing societal diversity as both a source of added urgency into intercultural training and a challenge for traditional biculturally based notions of translators’ intercultural competence and we argue for the central role of empathy. Finally, and importantly, we introduce the contributions to the special issue.

Keywordsintercultural competence, translator training, pedagogical development, competence models
JournalThe Interpreter and Translator Trainer
Journal citation10 (3), pp. 251-267
ISSN1750-399X
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptTeaching Intercultural Competence in Translator Training- final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/1750399X.2016.1236557
Publication dates
Published online17 Oct 2016
Published17 Oct 2016

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