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Title: Expertise without Deliberate Practice? The Case of Simultaneous Interpreters
Authors: Tiselius, Elisabet
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Elisabet Tiselius, "Expertise without Deliberate Practice? The Case of Simultaneous Interpreters
Series/Report no.: The Interpreters' Newsletter
18 (2013)
Abstract: Deliberate practice (Ericsson 2007) is a type of focused, goal-oriented practice that is part of the process of developing expertise. A less explored area in interpreting research, deliberate practice is a construct that is not easily investigated using an experimental research design. This article reports on in-depth interviews with three interpreters. By exploring their background, training, views on interpreting, and perceptions of core areas of deliberate practice (such as practice, setting clear goals and being open to feedback), an impression of their practice habits emerges. The article concludes that deliberate practice as defined by Ericsson is not consciously employed by these interpreters. Some of the implications of these findings for the application of expertise theory in interpreting are outlined in the discussion.
ISSN: 1591-4127
Appears in Collections:The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 18 - 2013

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