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TESTIMONIALS

INTERPRETING TESTIMONIALS

 

 

I regularly book Frances to work with me within my job as a Community Mental Health Nurse.  To work with me in my field demands a high level of skill and knowledge from the interpreter, and understanding of jargon and terms used within mental health.  It also demands a high degree of professionalism. I have utmost confidence in Frances' skill and ethical approach and also value her opinion on interpreting issues as a thoughtful and committed interpreter.  I have learned many things from Frances and it is always a pleasure to work with her.  

 

JACKIE WAN, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NURSE, LONDON

 

Frances is strong in both interpreting into and out of BSL. She is able to work in a wide range of situations, ranging across academic, business and community settings. She is able to adapt to the range of communication styles found in the Deaf community. I see her as having the ideal combination of technical, professional and social skills needed in a modern BSL interpreter.

 

ROGER BEESON, CONSULTANT AND RETIRED BSL/ENGLISH INTERPRETER​

 

Interpreting from British Sign Language (BSL) into English and vice versa requires skills in different languages on different levels.  One particular skill is voicing-over what the signer is signing whether in BSL or a variant of BSL.  It is a difficult one to manage and Frances excels in this; very few of her contemporaries achieve the same level of consistency and excellence. Frances is also totally committed to ensuring that Deaf people are given the fullest information when she is interpreting from spoken English into BSL and this enables the Deaf person to make informed decisions.  I would recommend Frances Lewin to anyone.

 

PAUL REDFERN, SENIOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BRITISH DEAF ASSOCIATION

 

I have known Frances Lewin for 5 years in my capacity as a Drupal developer at AAT. She has worked with me in the workplace and personally at the birth of two of my children. Along with her excellent attendance and her interpreter service, I'd rate Frances’ performance in my web team as excellent. If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me. 

 

OLIVER WESTBURY, AAT, LONDON

 

I've known Frances for the best part of 15 years now. She is an excellent interpreter and a great person to work with.

 

She has an excellent understanding of interpreting processes and theories, and is also technically gifted being able to effectively work into both English and BSL with relative ease across all domains.

 

Frances particularly excels in highly pressured situations where the demands are greater. I was fortunate enough to work with her as part of a live events team during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games where we had to work in front of audiences going into the tens of thousands night after night in the Olympic Park, East London.

 

Frances's key strengths relate to her professionalism, which is second to none. Her technical astuteness is governed by a clear understanding of the ethical demands and parameters of our role.

 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend procuring her services whether you are looking for a single interpreter or looking to put a team together.

 

ANDREW GREEN, BSL/ENGLISH INTERPRETER

 

Frances has been interpreting in BSL my MSc course for the past two years with professionalism. Not only her outstanding interpreting and voice over skills but also her knowledge of BSL linguistics and general knowledge contributed towards my successful completion of course modules. 

 

As a mental health practitioner, Frances was requested to interpret and voice over clinical meetings to my satisfaction and with a high demand of expectation in the quality of her interpreting service. 

 

I would happily recommend Frances’ skills and knowledge to anyone with a high level of expectation. 

 

LENKA NOVAK, CHILD MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, LONDON

 

I have found Frances to be very professional and a very skilled, reliable interpreter who has a good knowledge of mental health and this client group. 

 

ELAINE TINN, SOCIAL WORKER, LONDON

 

Frances is a well respected interpreter. Known for her professionalism and wide ranging skills.

DOT WILLIAMSON, BSL/ENGLISH INTERPRETER

 

TEACHING TESTIMONIALS

 

 

Frances  volunteered as a Support Worker, with our  “Total Communication Group (Moving On) for people living with Aphasia", at City Lit Adult education College, London. Frances was able to join us for both the Autumn term 2015 and Spring term of March 2106.

 

Frances is very motivated and particularly generous with the time she has given to the groups.  Frances presents with very good inter-personal skills. She is particularly observant judging within the group when individuals need to be encouraged to express an opinion. Awareness of group dynamics is very evident she will spontaneously ask a group member his/her view on a subject especially if the person has not contributed to the topic under discussion.

 

I valued Frances's support within the group she is very conscientious and dedicated, her insight into each group member’s needs  is very evident,  we all benefitted from Frances’s time spent with the Group at City Lit.

 

Frances  is very aware of the need for individuals with receptive language difficulties to be given time to process information and will spontaneously re-phrase a comment, should the person with Aphasia require this additional support.  She monitors her rate of utterance, to make it possible for those with verbal comprehension difficulties to feel included in the conversations within a group setting.  As some of the group members may produce utterances which can be difficult to understand Frances is prepared to give honest feedback and double-check she has interpreted the individual’s comment accurately.

 

Frances will ask an individual in the following session about a visit/event, which had been mentioned  the week previously. This in turn promotes the group members to follow- on with the topic of interest and generates further questions and answers within the group. Frances is reflective and asks pertinent questions both in relation to supporting group members and her own way of managing particular situations that may have arisen during the sessions.

 

It has been a  real pleasure working with Frances and I wish her every success with her career in Speech and Language Therapy.

 

ANNE WATSON, SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST & PART TIME TUTOR AT THE SPEECH THERAPY DEPARTMENT, CITY LIT ADULT EDUCATION COLLEGE, LONDON

 

As Director of UCL's prestigious Summer Course in English Phonetics, I was fortunate to employ Frances annually over the years 2011-2014. The program involves intensive pronunciation teaching in small groups of international students. She was a great success as a tutor, immediately gaining student feedback scores at the very top of the range, and she was in every way an asset to the course.

 

MICHAEL ASHBY, FORMER SCEP DIRECTOR, UCL

 

Frances took over teaching a module on the Linguistics of British Sign Language in 2011. She took over the lectures and seminars, and dealt coursework every four weeks. The quality of her teaching was outstanding, and the students' evaluations of the module at the end were among the highest we've ever had in the department. She organised one-to-one sessions with students to help them plan their work, and with her encouragement and tuition, most students on the course made substantial improvements to their work. She was a friendly and approachable colleague, and her knowledge of the language meant she could teach with authority. It was a great pleasure to work with her, and our students benefited enormously from her skills, hard work and dedication.

 

RICHARD OGDEN, DEPT OF LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF YORK

 

I began my English Language degree in 2009 at Middlesex University. Frances lectured for one of the modules I was taking in my second year, which focused on Sociolinguistics. Her lectures were dynamic, engaging and well structured which made for the perfect learning environment. Frances always took the time to support students with coursework, in and out of lectures, providing regular and thorough feedback on essays. Always incredibly approachable, she also sought to expand our learning outside of the lecture room by introducing trips that were relevant to the module content. Her passion and enthusiasm in her teaching had a positive effect on my work and hugely contributed to a fulfilling three years at Middlesex University.

 

NATASHA LOWY, STUDENT AT MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY 2009-2012

 

At university, Frances taught a class of students from a wide variety of backgrounds. She was equally willing to help and encourage students with a natural aptitude for the subject matter and those who were less academically inclined.  Moreover, she was able to differentiate between students who were unable to fully understand a particular topic and those who were simply not making the effort, i.e. she was not easily fooled.

 

Frances taught a module dealing with the topic of language acquisition. This dealt with two competing theories. She was a proponent of one theory, and I was a proponent of the other. My essays were heavily critical of the theory she supported, but my work was always marked fairly because I observed academic protocols in respect of presenting supporting evidence. Frances did not mark down my work even though she almost certainly disagreed with the arguments presented. She did not dismiss or ridicule someone else's opinion merely because she disagreed with it.

 

I believe she is capable of teaching students at a much higher academic level.

 

DAVID MILLER