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Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PL50809: Japanese/English liaison and public service interpreting

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Academic Year
Click here for further information Assessment: OR100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims:
This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles and techniques of liaison and public service interpreting, with a view to equipping them to work professionally in these fields. The aim is to maximise each student's potential so that as many as possible of the group achieve the appropriate standard.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the unit, students will have assimilated the basic principles and techniques of this area of professional work. They will understand how to approach the tasks involved and be able to work on their own initiative to improve the skills that are required.
They will have developed a strategy for dealing with different contexts and scenarios and acquired an awareness of the interpreter�s relationship with the clients or users. Students will also have gained a comprehensive understanding of the role of liaison and public service interpreters. They will thus be able to deal with various practical and complex issues effectively and creatively to adapt themselves to a professional environment.

Liaison and public service interpreting are both exercises in direct communication between individuals that involve transferable key skills such as listening, analysing arguments, oral expression and an awareness of one�s own performance.
The main intellectual skill developed in this unit is the ability to switch rapidly between language directions while acting as intermediary in a dialogue, applying linguistic knowledge so as to deliver a satisfactory performance for the clients or users.
All these skills are developed progressively through classwork and constructive feedback.
After completing the unit, students will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex situations and independent learning ability.

The programme begins with a number of sessions designed to improve listening, memorisation and analytical skills, as well as note-taking. The focus of the subsequent teaching methodology is to enable students to evolve their own practical interpreting techniques, thereby enhancing students� confidence and improving their ability to handle real work situations.
Situations of this kind are simulated by means of role-play scenarios: typically, a scenario will be selected in advance - thus allowing students to prepare the subject matter - and students take turns in the role of an interpreter "hired" to provide interpretation from and into English.
Frequent use is made of the TV studio for these classes, with the role-plays being videoed for subsequent analysis by the students. As well as linguistic questions, this analysis covers cultural and ethical issues, including the concept of advocacy.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PL50809 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM05 : MA Interpreting and Translating (Path 2 - Japanese) (Full-time)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.