The following has been drawn up as a guide when working/ dealing with a mixed audience of L1 / L2 People. What does L1 / L2 mean? This is where two different languages are involved, an example in this case would be British Sign Language [BSL for short] and spoken English. You may wish to consider the following points listed below to ensure full participation with all those involved.
This will also ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
For the Co-ordinator / Team Leader etc.
- At the opening of the session, please take time to explain to the audience / group
- The interpreting situation and whether there is to be one or more interpreter[s] involved.
- Check to see if there is an Interpreter Co-ordinator appointed [this would normally apply if you have booked a team of 3 or more Interpreters]
- Communication regarding Interpreters and interpreting should be carried out with the Co-ordinator
- Inform the group / audience who the Co-ordinator is
- If you find that only have one Interpreter available, [the other interpreter is running late, called off at the last minute etc] the group / audience should be informed that there will be rest breaks for the Interpreter
- These breaks should be agreed prior to the start of the assignment between all parties concerned
- During the course of interpreting, please ensure that the pace is steady enough to allow the interpreters to carry out their task efficiently without duress
- Where necessary please ask the Presenter to slow down/speed up if the pace has become too fast/slow
- Remind the group/audience to be mindful of speaking/signing one at a time as far as possible. This is particularly important if only one Interpreter is working
- If there is going to be a question / answer session please make sure there is time for BSL D/deaf User to see who is speaking / signing
- When a question is being asked, please wait until the question has been fully interpreted before a response is given
- When giving information, please direct them to whom you are speaking, i.e. individual, group or audience.