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Our mental processing structure as humans is pretty complicated. Seated within that structure is the amazing ability of interpreting. Interpreting models have tried to capture the complexity while identifying various steps within the process. Most of the models suggest a sequence from one step to the next rather than the simultaneous activity among all of the steps. If one piece in the process is weak, then the whole structure breaks down. Research (initially from Dennis Cokely) demonstrated that increasing our processing time results in improved interpretations. Through the authors' years of teaching we have noticed that focusing on increased processing time provides the most significant

improvements in our students' work.

Processing Time: Developing the Interpreter Muscle

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