Welcome to the efsli 2016 conference website

All the information and updates about the upcoming efsli conference in Greece!!!
Looking forward to welcoming each and everyone of you to Greece…!!!

efsli 2016 | Athens | Greece |09 – 11 September 2016



“It´s all Greek to me” 

Versatility in the sign language interpreting profession

Sign language interpreters are communication specialists who work in a range of different environments and interact with people from very different backgrounds, both Deaf and hearing. Versatility is one of the most highly valued qualities in this profession. In order to achieve this desired flexibility, practitioners need to commit to continued learning across their professional careers. Effective adaptive strategies need to be acquired by interpreters in order to easily and quickly adjust to a changing environment for which we might not be fully prepared.

Video with Greek Sign Language with English subtitles

Video with International Sign (IS)

This conference will focus on how do we successfully interpret when it is otherwise “all Greek”.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

(i) Working in specialist settings: working effectively in settings where we are non-experts

  • terminology,
  • custom and practice,
  • hierarchical structures, etc.

(ii) Working inter-culturally: what are the cultural ‘signposts’ or ‘barriers’ that we encounter and need to negotiate when we work as interpreters?

  • Are these the same or different for Deaf interpreters and hearing interpreters?
  • How do we effectively work between International Sign and other languages? How can we manage the challenges arising in contexts where there are many working languages, with code-switching potentially occurring between languages/ across modalities? e.g. someone switching between English and French, or British Sign Language and IS, or French and LSF, for example)

(iii) Quality Control: what kinds of protocols are in place (or should be in place) to ensure quality control in specialist settings? (e.g. mentoring arrangements, supervision, licensing, assessment, testing, etc.)

  • What does the ‘ideal model’ include?
  • How do we get to that goal?