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A joined-up thinking exercise

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Here is a great exercise to get the brain in gear for simultaneous or consecutive that you can do with your teacher or when practising amongst yourselves.

One person creates a series of unlinked phrases or sentences which the others have to join together into a meaningful speech.

This extract is taken from pages 243 of...

Approaches to the teaching of interpreting mnemonic and analytic strategies

by Ballester and Jiminez in Teaching translation and Interpreting, Eds Dollerup and Loddegarde, 1991.

4.b Connective exercises

These are exercises in which the students are offered a series of unlinked [phrases or] sentences which they have to join together by means of different connectors (syntactic, semantic and textual).This type of exercise is very useful in that it trains the student to give shape to ideas, to convey them more clearly and finally, and that is our main aim, they learn to build a text.

Example 1: Cold War over / Japan claims control over Kuriles / Gorbachev's visit to Japan unsuccessful.
Example 2: Abortion in Britain may be performed up to the 28th week / the termination of pregnancy after the 20th week involves considerable risk / Long waiting lists at the NHS leave women no choice.


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