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Mark MacQueen will present at City Lit's 2011 Watch Your Language Conference in London

25 Jan 2011

Actual Signs are excited to announce our involvement in this year's Watch Your Language 2011 conference at City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA.

Mark MacQueen will be delivering an afternoon workshop on Visual BSL, using exciting video examples of highly visual BSL being used by native signers.

Watch Your Language 2011 - A one-day conference for BSL interpreters and CSWs

WYL2011: ‘A Deaf Perspective’ - Friday 15th April 2011 at City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden.


  • 09:00 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments.
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from Marco Macchitella, Director of Learning, City Lit and Marian Grimes, Head of Centre for Deaf Education (CfDE), City Lit.

 James Fitzgerald, Business Training & Interpreting Co-ordinator, CfDE, City Lit

  • 10:15 - 10:40 Keeping on the Right Track. The role of the interpreter/CSW and the tensions and challenges between being a ‘professional’ and a ‘Deaf ally’. Maureen McGarrity, NE Deaflink chair, presenter, researcher, co-author, and interpreter trainer.
  • 10:45 - 11:15 How Deaf People’s Perception of BSL/English Interpreting Has Changed. How have Deaf people’s views about interpreting, the demise of Deaf clubs, technology and telecommunications influenced the way Deaf people regard the interpreting profession? Lilian Lawson, Director, Scottish Council on Deafness (SCOD) 
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments

  • 11:45 – 12:15 Whose Choice is it Anyway? A personal perspective on a Deaf person's choice of interpreter.  Are registers enough?  Do Deaf people have a say in who they want as their interpreter?  The weights and measures that come to bear on choices.  Which comes first?  Competence?  Registration?  Knowledge?  The 'comfort' factor?  The profession?  Who decides? Linda Richards, MA, freelance consultant, trainer, interpreter and translator.
  • 12:20 – 13:00 Question Time. Chaired by Pamela Clark, support tutor/CSW, Deaf & Disabled Support, City Lit. Panel: Maureen McGarrity, Linda Richards, Lilian Lawson

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch

  • 14:00 – 15:15 Workshop session (A) - see list (including refreshments break in the room)
  • 15:45 – 17:00 Workshop session (B) - see list

All plenary key-note presentations in the morning will be delivered in BSL. There will be voice-over interpretation of these presentations by interpreters Christopher Stone, Susan Booth, Linda Richards and Matthew Banks. There will also be access to electronic notetakers at the front.

WYL2011 Workshop sessions (CPD)

‘A’ workshops = 2.00pm – 3.15pm
Refreshment break = 3.15 – 3.45pm (in the workshop rooms)
‘B’ workshops = 3.45pm – 5.00pm

Visual Language - Mark MacQueen, Actual Signs
What is visual language? Is it mime or a part of BSL? This short workshop examines the roots of visual language and how it is being used and developed today. We will look at imaginative BSL video examples and discuss the BSL features within the highly visual signing.

Sample clip

Delivered in BSL only

Metaphor in BSL - Gary Quinn
This workshop will discuss the idea of metaphor, different types of metaphor and how these are used in sign language. Delivered in BSL only

Access to Justice - Maureen McGarrity
The research into interpreting within the legal system, reflections, case studies and the interpreter’s toolkit. Delivered in BSL. Interpreters available.

What’s in a Sign? - Linda Richards
A practical workshop which will look at selected clips and the translation issues by exploring the intent behind the sign, our understanding of same and our responsibilities in developing our skills. Delivered in English. Interpreter available

Positive Psychology and Interpreting - Darren Townsend-Handscomb
This workshop will give attendees a brief introduction to Positive Psychology as well as an experiential introduction to attention – the art of knowing where to look. Delivered in English. Interpreter available.

English Idioms & Phrasal Verbs - Russell Aldersson
How do I kill two birds with one stone when I'm feeling under the weather? A fun workshop exploring English idioms and phrasal verbs. This session sets out to uncover the communicative meaning hidden within some of our well known expressions and considers how we might convey/use these when working to and from BSL. Delivered in English only.

The Interpreter’s Palette - Roger Beeson
Roger Beeson challenges the misconception that there should be one model of interpreting, to be used in all situations and with all clients. This workshop will be interactive, drawing on the experiences of interpreters.Delivered in English and interpreter available.

Please email for a registration form.

Cost: £140 including buffet lunch and 0 VAT!