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Unit information: Introduction to Liaison Interpreting in 2015/16

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Unit name Introduction to Liaison Interpreting
Unit code MODLM0014
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Carol O'Sullivan
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed to enable students to mediate linguistically on a range of complex topics, in oral mode and in both directions, between English and Chinese in the context of interactive, one-to-one spoken discourse.

Students will develop bilateral communicative and linguistic skills in order to absorb and render the contents of realistic scenarios drawn from business, legal and medical settings.

Liaison interpreting will develop: • memory, presentation and note-taking skills • public speaking skills in both languages • terminology research skills • Professionalism and ethics/codes of conduct in various liaison interpreting contexts • How to mediate cultural and linguistic differences/gaps between languages • An interpreter’s role and neutrality • Representing and managing interpersonal dynamics in liaison interpreting

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will have:

1. developed their understanding of issues in a range of topics in order to effectively fulfil the role of the liaison interpreter 2. enhanced their skills of memorisation and note-taking 3. become familiar with the standard codes of practice and ethical issues surrounding liaison interpreting 4. become familiar with general and culture-specific, interpersonal negotiating skills 5. developed their terminology research and glossary-making skills

Teaching Information

Please include reference to any distance learning or any significant e-learning components, if appropriate

Full-cohort lectures and workshops including live interpreting sessions where students act as trainee interpreters and supervised lab sessions where students work with pre-recorded dialogues.

Assessment Information

30% - Interim examination consisting of 8-minute live interpreting performance (ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 60% - Final exam – consisting of 12-minute live interpreting performance (50%) (ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and reflective report (10%) (ILO 1)

Reading and References

Gentile, A., Ozolins & Vasilakakos, M. (1996), Liaison Interpreting: A Handbook. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press Gile, Daniel (1995) Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator Training. Amsterdam/Philadelphia Mason, Ian (ed.) (1999) Dialogue Interpreting, special issue of The Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication, vol 5, 2 Mason, Ian (ed.) (2001) Triadic Exchanges: Studies in Dialogue Interpreting. Manchester: St Jerome Publishing Wadensjö, Cecilia. (1998) Interpreting as Interaction, London & New York: Addison Wesley Longman