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Webinar – Emojis, Emoticons and Smileys – Offered by CTTIC

April 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT

Emojis, Emoticons and Smileys, oh My! 🤪
A Quick Primer for Court Interpreters

Wednesday April 22, 2020 @ 4PM Atlantic Daylight Time / 1PM Alberta (MDT)
Cost:  Free –
Registrants will receive a ‘Zoom’ invitation by email two days before the webinar

Facilitator:  Jeff Staflund*, Ed.D., M.C.I., C. Tr., C. Int.

Emojis are increasingly being seen in court cases around the world where text messages are used as evidence, and NAJIT (the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators) in the U.S. recently issued a call for members to sit on a committee tasked with drafting a position paper on the question. This short, interactive webinar attempts to elucidate basic terminology associated with the phenomenon and provide some initial strategies for interpreters who encounter these images in the courtroom.

Target audience
Court interpreters primarily, but anyone interested in the topic. English is the language of instruction.

Here are the questions we will look at:

  • What is the difference between emojis, emoticons and smileys?
  • What are the main types of cases where these images are used as evidence?
  • What are some real-life examples of cases involving emojis?
  • What are some of the most problematic emojis and why are they problematic?
  • What should court interpreters do if asked to sight-interpret an emoji?

*Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jeff has worked in the language industry for over 25 years in both the public and private sectors and is currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he freelances. He is a certified French-to-English translator and court interpreter, and a federally certified French/English conference interpreter. Jeff also holds a doctorate in education, with a focus on interpreter training. More detail is available on his LinkedIn profile.


April 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT


Online – Zoom


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