British Sign Language and the importance of having a British Sign Language Interpreter in events


British Sign Language is a sign language that is commonly used in the United Kingdom. The language is the first or preferred language of most deaf people in the United Kingdom. The language is a visual means of communicating with over 125,000 deaf adults in the UK, using facial expression, gestures, and body language. The language interpretation makes it possible for deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate easily. Furthermore, British Sign language interpreters can efficiently break the language barrier surrounding the deaf and hard of hearing people and make people’s lives easier.

British Sign language interpreters are needed in event occasions, so has to be able to pass across information and enables an effective communication during the course of the event. British Sign language interpreters are tasked with making sure that the audio of presentation is clear. The deaf and hard of hearing do not have to depend on microphone and speakers to receive messages during an event, they rather depend on a talented  British sign language interpreters.  Sign language interpreters are specially trained to share the stage with big stars. They often steal the show with the use of their fancy fingers.

In special events, effective communication is of great importance so that all the participants can easily understand all what is been said during the event. During this type of event, whatever is necessary to ensure to ensure an effective communication is required to be done. Not just any type of interpreter can be used during such occasions. The interpreters to be used must be well knowledgeable with the use of sign language and interaction with deaf and hard of hearing people. To become a certified British Sign language interpreter, there are two qualification routes:

  1. Via post –graduate studies: interpreters are trained with specific streams for sign language interpreting at various British institutions.
  2. Via national qualification: most qualification processes allows interpreters to register with the National Register of Communication Professionals with Deaf and Blind People (NRCPD). They go through several screenings, so as to ascertain their level of experience in British Sign Language.

Communication is the key to all successful business event meetings. Both the speaker and the audience must understand each other properly, because communication errors can be costly and even disastrous a times. The presence of an interpreter is needed to safeguard the participants by ensuring that the information is accessible to both parties, whenever important information is been passed across. The use of a qualified interpreter is needed for such an occasion, most especially, Team Interpreting. Team interpreting uses the services of two or more sign language interpreter, who support each other to meet the needs of participants in big events. Though Sign language interpreters are not needed by deaf people for day-to-day activities, they are only needed in situations whereby the information to be passed across requires a clear and effective means of communication.


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