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Spotlight: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the Next Generation of Interpreters

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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the Next Generation of Interpreters

by Sarah Lynn Wheeler

Proceedings abstract

For so long, interpreters operated for years under a language transfer model, which was largely associated with monological interpreting work. For so long the interpreting field has utilized pedagogical models which focus on on interpreting language and culture, and in some ways this model has been insufficient because of new research that has come out on emotional intelligence (EI). This commentary paper addresses the current and addresses the changing generational landscape of the interpreting profession by incorporating emotional intelligence while working with colleagues, interpreting teams, the Deaf community, and other professionals. This commentary paper examines how interpreters can make more effective decisions with a greater understanding of the underpinnings of social interactions and human emotions. 

Keywords: emotional intelligence, interpreting, interpreting studies, generations, interpreting pedagogy 

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CIT has played a significant role in the history of interpreter education in the United States. The conference proceedings on this page include workshop abstracts, papers, and business meeting minutes for many of these conferences.

The goals of the Proceedings Spotlight are to highlight:

  1. the valuable information and hard work that has gone into creating the CIT Proceedings,
  2. the importance of CIT in the history of interpreter education in the United States, and how conference proceedings have played a part in furthering interpreter education,
  3. different ways that Proceedings can be used to enhance and support research, education, and mentoring within the interpreting field,
  4. and positive outcomes, such as student success or enhanced skill development, as a result of applying the information shared within the CIT Proceedings.