Bionote of Prof. Bao Chuanyun
Prof. Bao is a professor with the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). He graduated from the United Nations Translators and Interpreters Program (now the School of Translation and Interpretation), Beijing Foreign Studies University and was a staff interpreter at the United Nations Office in Geneva before he joined the T&I faculty at MIIS. He continues to work freelance as a translator and interpreter for private corporations, the United Nations and other international organizations.
Plenary Speech by Prof. Bao Chuanyun
Title: Teaching a truly professional training program
Abstract: The major purpose of a training program for translation and interpretation is to help students build up the expertise that they will need in the professional market, and this purpose is achieved through a well-designed curriculum, the effective implementation of the teaching assignments by the faculty and an environment that provides students with ample opportunities to practice. An overly comprehensive curriculum may have started with all the good intentions, but in some cases may divert the attention from the very purpose of professional training. This paper will discuss issues that may exist in curriculum design and pedagogy in some of the translation and interpretation programs and propose ways to help eliminate obstacles often encountered in a training program.