TRNS5006 General Interpreting

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit taught in English is open to all the language specialisations on offer in the Master of Translation. It introduces key elements relating to interpreting (speaking) as distinct from translating (written), as well as fundamental skills and techniques. Students are made conversant with the range of interpreting practices and develop interpreting capacity-building techniques such as note-taking, memory enhancement, speech analysis, and voice and public speaking training. They are taught how to deal with language registers, figures of speech, and cultural sensitivity in various interpretation situations.
Students are able to (1) distinguish between types of interpreting settings and identify the skill set required in each of them and (2) familiarise themselves with essential interpreting skills and professional development techniques with which they can continue to build their interpreting capacities in the future.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written report on interviews conducted with practising interpreters in their specialisation language; (2) simulated laison interpreting; and (3) an analysis of authentic interpreting situations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof. Helene Jaccomard
Unit rules
units to the value of 24 points in the Master of Translation Studies (12520)
Contact hours
up to 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
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