Professional identity development among student interpreters
A case study
Conference interpreting is a professional field that requires specialized knowledge, skills, and ethics, and becoming a professional in the field involves the adoption of a relevant professional identity. To understand how a professional identity begins to emerge among students and what factors influence the process, a case study was conducted involving four participants who were attending a graduate school of interpretation and translation in Korea. Multiple types of data were collected for qualitative analysis. The results show that the students initially tended to connect professional identity primarily with linguistic identity. Over time, the participants began to develop a better understanding of the profession through authentic learning experiences, real-world interpreting experiences, and interactions with the instructors as mentors, all of which contribute to their professional identity formation process.
Keywords: professional identity, interpreter education, community of practice, authentic learning, case study
Keywords: identité professionnelle, formation d’interprète, communauté de pratique, apprentissage authentique, étude de cas
Published online: 11 November 2020
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