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Hello again, follow up on my previous question, most of the instructors at Newcastle University have retreated from the freelancing market to focus on academic careers. Though we do have the privilege to have established interpreters active in the Chinese market to visit us twice a year 2 weeks per time, I would like to know if it's enough. And if it's not what are the drawbacks and how should a student and an institution overcome them?

asked 22 Nov '17, 04:26

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Your trainers have been professional interpreters. That is already a good thing. If they have focussed on academic work then yes, they may be a bit out of practice and a bit removed from the current market but they have interpreted - they’re not only academics.

Having visiting teachers is a good thing. One drawback is that because they come for an intensive week or more you will likely get more advice than you can process or apply while they are there. So be careful to record or write down what they say. And then look back at it regularly in the weeks and months to come. Some of it may only make sense or be relevant to you later on.

Institutions are faced with lots of problems. Universities don't necessarily pay as well as the interpreting market. Only a few universities are in places that are major interpreting markets so interpreters are hard to find. Some can only offer staff posts, which means an interpreter can no longer work as an interpreter. And not all interpreters want to teach anyway!

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answered 22 Nov '17, 06:39

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edited 22 Nov '17, 11:45

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