Summer School 2014

Summer School 2014

Fri 11th of july – Sun 13th of July 2014,

Dublin, Ireland

Organised by:

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Registration deadline:

7th of June 2014

What will the Summer School be about:

The topic of the efsli Summer School 2014 is Team Interpreting.
The topic stems from a lack of opportunity to team interpret on a regular basis. When it comes to teaming there can be a struggle to switch from a lone interpreter to being a team player. It is important to explore this with European colleagues, to share tips and develop strategies to ensure team working is successful.
Bridge has begun to use Dean & Pollard’s Demand-Control Schema (DC-S) as a mechanism for interpreters to reflect on their work and for use as a framework for determining interpreting outcomes in order to provide the best service possible to the Deaf and hearing communities we work amongst. But how can we ensure that, when the time arises to be part of an interpreting team, we can step up and be a supportive member of an interpreter team.


Training Venue:

Will be in the city or close surroundings of Dublin, Ireland.


Schedule (tentative):

The course will be held in the city or close surroundings of Dublin from 11th July to 13th of July, the tentative schedule is as follows:
Friday 11th of July from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday 12th of July from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 13th of July from 9:00 am to 12:00 am
(Lunch and diner NOT included)


Draft Programme:

Training – a mix of theory, discussion and practical exercises – should cover at least (but not limited to) the following aspects:
· Collegiality: How can team members best support each other in order to provide effective communication?
How can they prepare as a team for an assignment and reflect on their work together – before, during and after an assignment?
· Effective teaming when things go wrong. What kinds of strategies should and can be pre-planned and put in place?
· Practical and hands-on practice in supporting one another
· The Deaf consumer’s perspective on team interpreting
· Deaf/hearing teams: How can they work together most effectively?
· What constitutes a successful team interpreting approach? Who determines its success (or otherwise)?
· How does having an interpreter team differ from working in isolation?
· What are the benefits and pitfalls of teaming?


Who is the trainer?


Sharon Neumann Solow



More about Sharon Neumann Solow:

Sharon works with great joy as an interpreter, interpreter coordinator, performer, lecturer, author and consultant.  Her career, spanning almost 50 years, has taken her around the United States, and to Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia.  She is the author of two books, Sign Language Interpreting: A Basic Resource Book and Say It With Sign along with a number of professional articles and handbooks.

Her television appearances include talk shows, variety shows and documentaries and she co-stars with her husband, Larry Solow, on the Emmy award-nominated NBC Knowledge series, “Say It With Sign” which still airs on PBS throughout the United States. Sharon performs as an emcee, storyteller and does theatrical translation and production work.  As the female lead in “The Electric Sign Company”, she and Gary Sanderson delighted audiences for over three decades.  She is a working interpreter, mostly in legal, community and conference settings, with a long history of classroom interpreting and educational interpreter training and administration.  In court work she specializes in work with deaf people with Limited English and ASL Proficiency.

Her travels and some of her conference work have involved the use of international gesture (a gestural, pantomimic form of communication across language barriers) interpreting.  Along with teaching sign language interpreters at all levels, she has been involved in the education of spoken language interpreters and interpreter educators through the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Sharon is honored to be a long standing member of efsli. She is an active member of the RID (Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf – U.S.) and CIT (Conference of Interpreter Trainers – U.S.), holding the NAD (National Association of the Deaf – U.S.) SIGN (Sign Language instructor) Comprehensive Permanent Certificate as well as the RID Specialist Certificate: Legal.

The 2010 recipient of the joint RID – CIT Mary Stotler Award, she was honored with the 2005 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) President’s Award and the President’s Award for 2005 from the National Association of Black Interpreters (NAOBI – U.S.).  She also received the 1987 national (U.S.) Virginia Hughes Award for outstanding contributions to the field of sign language interpreting.  Sharon has lived in California on the Monterey Peninsula since 1984.  She and her husband have two wonderful children and 3 delicious granddaughters.


Communication at efsli Spring School

The course will be presented in English or International Sign (IS)
Correspondence with efsli and official documents (course handouts, feedbackforms, etc.) will be in English.

How much does it cost?

efsli individual members, GDP up to 20.000 = 180 euro
efsli individual members, GDP exceeding 20.000 = 280 euro
Non members of efsli, GDP  up to 20.000 =  360 euro
Non members of efsli, GDP exceeding 20.000 = 560 euro

How do I register?

Fill in this registration survey

Please take note that you need to register online and make your payment at the same time!

Registration deadline will be on June 7th 2014


Payment can be made either by PayPal (after filling in the online registration survey and return to this page to use the button below to pay):

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Efsli Summer School 2014

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
Wetstraat 26/15
1040 Brussels

Please do not book your accommodation or flight until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.
Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system. Training will take place if the required minimum number of participants has registered.

I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?

Cancellations must be send by email to and need to be confirmed by efsli. Please contact the training department for further details.
If your cancellation is received:
Before 1st of June 2014: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee
after 1st of June 2014: no refund
Changes in registration: 50 Euro (will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).

Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at: