Forensic Listening: TOWNHALL Meeting – ARE WE LISTENING?


Taught by Bonnie Faye Gibson-Brydon

ASL with no ASL to English interpretation

CEU:0.3, BEI Category:Interpreting (I.), RID Category:PS

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Taught by Bonnie Faye Gibson-Brydon

Workshop Synopsis:

Forensic Listening focuses on four specific levels of comprehending the source message, three are when the concept of listening actually ‘BEGINS’. This process of understanding the word, the meaning behind the word, the influences on our perception and interpreting of the message are addressed in this town hall discussion.

The following work on Forensic Listening focuses on four levels of listening. Explicit – Implicit – Inferential – Intuitive. The speed bump in the path of listening is only in how to apply these techniques, and noticing when and how to check in with our own tendencies or paradigms

Words, by themselves, can be limiting. During occasions when the interpreter becomes overwhelmed, the tendency is to shift into default listening, English. Word for word interpretation rarely supports the messages.

Forensic Listening is one tool for an interpreter to incorporate when needing to succeed in any tough assignment. This town hall meeting is where YOU get to ask the questions, and I get to listen to you. Explicit – Implicit – Inferential – Intuitive. Each of these levels are all tools in listening. Tools that give expansion. Tools that allow for clarity. Tools that provide confidence in decision making. Tools that every interpreter needs to be aware of.

Forensic Listening is in its own copyright process and you are vital at this time. What makes sense to you? When you are interpreting, when do you notice there is so much more than the words??

Come and join us and discover that you know way more than you think you do!



Presenter Bio: Bonnie Faye has been interpreting for 45 years, presenting for 35 years. Her agency, Pula Legal Interpreting (1997), specializes in court and tri-lingual assignments in Mental Health environments (which opened new perspectives on presenting ethics). Bonnie is a Licensed Practitioner/Chaplin- (2007). Starting in educational interpreting (EEC- 1975), as a freelance interpreter (1982), in the courts (1999) and VRS (2004), presently the team trial interpreter with Deaf Prosecutor (2010). Bonnie brings laughter and activities to her workshops. Get ready to open up, laugh and appreciate new ways of learning interpreting skills!