Professor Fan has been teaching conference interpreting full time at the postgraduate level since 2009, first at National Taiwan Normal University while pursuing his doctoral degree, then at the newly founded Graduate Program in Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan University, where he has been teaching since 2013. For the 2019-2020 academic year, he is a Visiting Professor in the Chinese T&I program, teaching advanced simultaneous and consecutive interpreting courses.
Damien adopts a cognitive apprenticeship approach when teaching interpreting, because despite the fact that interpreting skills can be deconstructed into subskills to be acquired through deliberate practice and cognitive improvements, the ultimate challenge is to smoothly and appropriately coordinate these component skills. Whether or not this competency can be attained is very much determined by the learner’s individual circumstances, including personality and other idiosyncrasies. Therefore, Damien believes that in addition to providing scaffolding and guidance, interpreting teachers must also be fully aware of how each student responds to the demands and feedback within the classroom setting.
Professor Fan has been recognized as an Outstanding Teaching Faculty twice in National Taiwan University. He credits this achievement to his 18 years of experience as a marching band instructor, giving him many opportunities to reflect upon and hone the skills of helping students become proficient in coordinating various skill sets to be able to perform consistently at a high caliber under pressure. Under his direction, the marching band of his high school alma mater has won more than a dozen top honors at international competitions. He and his band were awarded the Sudler Shield Award by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2017.
Areas of Interest
Damien’s research interests include psycholinguistics, conference interpreting pedagogy and the cognitive aspects of interpreting. He has been a full member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) since 2014.
PhD, Interpreting Studies, National Taiwan Normal University
MA, Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation, National Taiwan Normal University
BA, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University