Hannelore Lee-Jahnke

Bionote of Prof. Hannelore Lee-Jahnke






Professor Dr. Hannelore Lee-Jahnke is Director of the multilingual Department at the School of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Geneva. She is currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project (FNRS) with the department of neurolinguistics of the University of Geneva. Prof. Lee-Jahnke is co-editor of several books and she is also member of the editorial board of several international journals, reviewer of grants and evaluator of University programs.




Plenary Speech by Prof. Hannelore Lee-Jahnke




Abstract: After a presentation of the importance of interdisciplinarityi n general in the training of translators and interpreters, its history and specific domains of the interdisciplinary onset will be highlighted.


The most important of those domains are of course medicine, and more specifically neurosciences,  but also cognitive  sciences and affective sciences, economy and law, and of course didactical issues such as error analysis and enhancement of competences, just to name a few. Within this framework, the analysis of errors, the better understanding of why they may occur and, hence, their elimination, will be integrated in the second part of this presentation. We shall try to stress the reason why this interdisciplinary approach is of importance and will give practical examples.          


Such a new approach to training does necessarily need new didactical methods. In other words, trainers have to be familiar with this new approach and have to be ready to sometimes change their teaching modes. How can this be managed within the framework of a university?  We shall try to design an example.  A stimulating environment certainly helps to enhance the development of appropriate ways and teaching methods to be developed by the trainers. This is a task which is not always easy to implement. Therefore, we shall draw the attention to different learning mechanisms and research methods which can be helpful.    


The final part of the presentation will be a practical example of an interdisciplinary approach in a Master Class.