efsli Working Seminar III

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III efsli Working Seminar
Towards a model curriculum for sign language interpreters across Europe

“Quality assessment: a European model for Sign Language Interpreter Education & Training”
Supported by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme
27 & 28 February 2013, Dublin, Ireland

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 14th January 2013

Following the I efsli Working Seminar in Utrecht in 2011 and the II Working Seminar in Hamburg in 2012, the third and last efsli Working Seminar on Curriculum Development will be hosted by the Centre for Deaf Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland) on 27th and 28th February 2013. This last seminar, “Quality assessment – A European model for sign language interpreter education & training”, aims to reach an agreement upon some recommendations on quality assessment methods and instruments for the European model curriculum for sign language interpreters we have been working on during the last year and a half.

It is open to all sign language interpreter trainers, curriculum developers, training programmes, policy makers and interpreters across Europe.

It will be followed by the Medisigns workshop on 1st and 2nd March 2013.
More information can be found here: www.medisignsproject.eu

27th February
8:45 – 9:15 Registration
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome
Marinella Salami, efsli president
Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Lorraine Leeson, director of the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin
9:30 – 10:40 Keynote presentations
9:30-10:20 The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and its relevance to the design and assessment of sign language and interpreter training programmes. David Little, Trinity College
10:20-10:40 Model European curriculum for sign language interpreters: overview of the process and next challenges. Lourdes Calle, efsli project manager
10:40-11:00 Questions and answers
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Round table: assessment in sign language interpreter programmes: sharing experiences
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Workshops
a. Assessment of language portfolios:This session will consider work prepared and recorded for evidence based approaches to assessment over a period of time. This may include samples of language use, self-assessment by students using the European Language Portfolio, responses to Problem Based Learning tasks, etc.

b. Assessment of Interpreting portfolios: This session will consider interpreting work prepared and recorded for evidence-based approaches to assessment over a period of time. This may include samples of interpreting performance in consecutive or simultaneous interpreting modes, working unilaterally (a signed language to a spoken language) or bi-laterally (back and forth between two languages). Data may include (for example) self-assessment by students or responses to Problem Based Learning tasks, etc.

c. Assessment on the job: This session will discuss what is assessed when students are undertaking placements/ internships in the field. Who assesses? What is assessed? How can we determine the validity and reliability of the assessment? What core competencies are assessed? How do we determine a ‘pass mark’ in this domain? What happens if a student fails this component?
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Parallel Workshops
a. Assessment via written examination: what is assessed through traditional examination format or essay writing? Is there scope for group writing projects? What about written translations from a signed language? Do they belong here? What about analyses of interpreting performance (self-analysis/ peer analysis/ analysis of a professional interpreting performance)?
b. Interpreting Tests:: this session will discuss the use of role plays, interactive interpreting tests that use video-recorded stimuli, live interpreting tasks (in examination conditions) and in-class presentations.
c. Language Tests: this session will discuss the use of role plays, interactive language tests, language tests that use video-recorded stimuli, and in-class presentations.
18:00-18:45 Cultural event
19:30 Dinner (optional for participants)

28th February
9:15 – 10:45 Parallel Workshops
In this round of workshops we will work on the topics that will be found most interesting by the majority of the participants (this will be asked in the registration form online) There will be three workshops at the same time, as in the previous rounds
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30 Model curriculum: presentation and next steps
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion & conclusions

Languages and Communication at the seminar
Interpretation from/into English and International Sign will be provided during the seminar

Fees and registration deadlines

  • Early bird registration: deadline 14th January 2013
  • efsli members (individual, full and associate): 125,00 euros
  • efsli non-members: 240 euros
  • After 14th January 2013
  • efsli members: (individual, full and associate): 150,00 euros
  • efsli non-members: 265 euros

Note: individual membership is open to Sign Language Interpreters within Europe and other interested persons who subscribe to the aim and objectives of efsli.
Sign language interpreters who are members of National Associations (full members of efsli) are not automatically individual efsli members. You can become an individual member here: https://www.efsli.org/efsli/membership/joinefsli.php

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations must be send by email to the efsli secretary at secretary@efsli.org and need to be confirmed by efsli. Please contact the efsli secretary for further details.
If your cancellation is received:
Before 14th January 2013: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee
From 15th January – 1st February 2013: 25% refund minus bank transfer fee
After 1st February 2013: no refund
Changes in registration: 50 Euro (if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).
For any financial support, if you are eligible, you can apply for a grant to your European Educational Programmes National Agency. They will inform you of the different options available included in the Lifelong Learning Programme.
The Grundtvig programme offers grants to attend courses and seminars to staff from adult education institutions. For further information, please visit this website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/grundtvig/what_en.htm.
The Erasmus programme offers grants to staff from higher education institutions. http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus/training_en.htm Please visit their websites and check the deadlines.

Please register online at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1092577/Registration-efsli-working-seminar-Dublin

Payment for registration can be made either by PayPal (click on the PayPal button on this page to pay):


or by bank transfer (please remember you must include bank charges when paying).

efsli’s bank details:
BNP Parisbas, Belgium
IBAN: BE71 290015049569
Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69
EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)
Flat 13 Hermes House,
82 Beckenham Road,
BR3 4RN,

The seminar will take placeat the Trinity College campus (Hamilton building and the Centre for Deaf Studies)
Trinity College campus map: www.tcd.ie/Maps/assets/pdf/tcd-main-campus.pdf
Trinity College – Directions page: www.tcd.ie/Maps/directions.php#by-dublin-bus

It has been arranged a special offer between the seminar local organisers and two hotels in Dublin.
One very is close to the venue (Trinity Capital Hotel) and the other is near the Dublin airport (Metro Hotel Dublin Airport). For further information, please contact directly the hotels.
Please kindly note that efsli is not responsible for the accommodation of seminar participants

Trinity Capital Hotel (near the venue)
Address: Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
t: +353 (0)1 648 1050| f: 353 (0)1 648 1010
email: info@trinitycapital-hotel.com
Special rate code for efsli seminar participants: EFSLI.
Just go to www.trinitycapital-hotel.com . On the right hand side of the screen where the “book now” button is, you will see a space to enter the promo code. This will take you to the landing/booking page for the event.
Applicable rates as follows (breakfast included):
Single room: 85 euros/night
Double room: 95 euros/night
(These rates apply from Monday to Thursday)

Metro Hotel Dublin Airport (besides the Airport – 40 minutes by bus from Trinity College)
Tel: 353 (0)1 866 9500
Special rate code for efsli seminar participants: TCD.
The rate code TCD should be entered on the right hand panel of the hotel homepage (http://www.metrohoteldublinairport.com/), where it reads “rate code” (Under “Hotel Reservation”)
Applicable rates as follows (breakfast included) :
Executive single room B&B: €54 per night
Executive double/twin room: €64 per night (€32 per person)

Trinity Lodge Hotel
Address: South Frederick St., Dublin 2
Tel: 353 1 6170900
O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel
Address: 8/10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: 353 1 6073500
Email: info@ocallaghanhotels.com
Bus nr. 4 departs from outside the hotel and takes your right to TCD for 1.80 Euro.

Public transport in Dublin
The airport is not served by train so the only way to get to Trinity College is via bus or taxi.
Dublin Buses, No. 16a, 41, 41b, 46x (semi-express), 746 to the City Centre. Price: 2.40 €. You must have correct change and pay on the bus.
Airlink Buses, 747 or 748 to the City Centre. 6 € single, 10 € return – You need exact change.
Aircoach, slightly more expensive http://www.aircoach.ie/map.routes.ballsbridge.php – €7 single, 12 € return – you don’t need exact change. The best way is to take the AirCoach from the airport (http://www.aircoach.ie) and get off at Trinity College Dublin. When you get off, walk back around the college perimeter wall, pass the main entrance ( “the arch” as it is called) and stay on the perimeter for about 5 minutes. On the left hand side, you will see Pearse Street Police Station, a Fire Station and the Capital hotel. Easy!
Taxi – €16-€20 each way

efsli contacts:
Registration: please contact the efsli secretariat at: secretariat@efsli.org
Further information regarding the seminar programme: Lourdes Calle, efsli project coordinator lourdes.calle@efsli.org

efsli Working Seminar III

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III efsli Working Seminar

Registration to the III efsli Working Seminar: Towards a model curriculum for sign language interpreters across Europe, “Quality Assessment: a European Model for Sign Language Interpreter Education and Training”, 27th & 28th February 2013, Dublin, Ireland, is now open.



Registration and more information >>> here.




  • Thanks efsli for a wonderful time – we really enjoyed the AGM/Conference – more of the same please!

    efsli member, UK
  • What can I say, as usual a wonderful and enjoyable experience. Congratulations to all at efsli and wish you all the very best for another exciting year. Well done!

    individual member, NL
  • Efsli and AGM made a strong impression to me; it encouraged me to share my professional experience and to keep close relationships with deaf community.

    Member, Lithuania