Interpreting: Your Turn
• To show participants how mentally taxing and depersonalizing interpreting can be
• To demonstrate to participants the importance of keeping their communication short and
simple when working through an interpreter
• To introduce participants to the experience of being an interpreter
• To allow participants to learn and practice the skill of physical positioning
Those who communicate through an interpreter; from three people to an unlimited number of
• Flipchart or chalk and board
• Handout 1, “Interpreting: Your Turn!” for each participant
1. Explain to the participants that they are going to perform a role play in which everyone
will play all three roles.
• As the interviewer, they read the script as it appears on the handout.
• As the interpreter, they do not read the script, but rather listen to what the interviewer
says and repeat exactly what is said, interpreting from English to English.
• As the non-English speaker, they are silent but engaged.
2. Ask the participants to count off in threes. Each group will have a 1, a 2, and a 3 in it.