Native sign language interpreters at USI


Institutional Communication Service

31 January 2024

In February 2022, the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Geneva introduced the first continuing education course in translation for deaf people. The Italian sign language LIS training is held at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The RTS followed the training course in general and audiovisual translation for deaf translators organised at USI in collaboration with the Laboratory of Modern Languages.

The training course aims to improve the quality of sign language translations by training native sign language interpreters and promoting self-representation of deaf people.

Università della Svizzera italiana has joined the project promoted by the University of Geneva and, in 2022, has welcomed five male and female students who are meanwhile writing their theses. USI, explained the then Pro-rector for education and students' experience Lorenzo Cantoni, took part in this initiative

"with great enthusiasm because there is a growing sensitivity towards sign language and its inclusion in public communication"; moreover, this training course "is an opportunity to look at the world of modern languages with greater richness, including sign language in addition to spoken languages".

The documentary was broadcast on RSI's "Segni" on Sunday, 28 January. You can access it at the following link.


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