UKPASS code: 046222 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
You should have a first degree, although mature linguists without a degree but with sufficient work experience in interpreting are invited to apply. You will need fluent written and spoken English and an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in speaking) or equivalent if English is not your first language. All applicants take an entry test consisting of written and oral components.
This course will provide you with professional training for the interpreting market and the opportunity to build on your existing language skills to develop a career in this area. The course is suitable for native speakers of English with French, Italian or Spanish, and for native speakers of one of the following languages: Chinese, French, Italian, Polish or Spanish. You will study consecutive interpreting, public service interpreting and simultaneous interpreting, Developing Professionalism for Interpreters, plus a range of option modules, and you will also complete an MA Thesis or an MA Interpreting Project.
You will be able to benefit from our wide range of resources, including an extensive collection of volumes and electronic materials in our library, a state-of-the-art language lab and extensive interpreting facilities, and additional resources made available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching staff includes full- and part-time lecturers, all with expertise in interpreting and other specialist fields. You will be allocated a personal tutor and be given academic guidance by the course team.
The emphasis of the course is on practical training in the different areas of interpreting, aimed at developing your skills to a high level and learning about the professional environment. You will also learn new relevant skills through the option modules available. Teaching involves both class contact through lectures, workshops, seminars, group and project work, and independent study including research and interpreting assignments. Assessment methods range from interpreting assignments to essays, presentations and projects.
This module will help you to develop note-taking skills and to practise consecutive interpreting into your A and B languages (your first language and foreign language respectively).
This module will give you an introduction to public service interpreting in the fields of health and law. You will attend a series of background lectures on health and legal issues and you will practise interpreting in simulated situations.
This module will give you an introduction to the skills of simultaneous interpreting in a booth, including such areas as articulation, delivery and voice. You will also practise sight translation.
This module will help you develop and perfect your oral English language skills through activities that address specific interpreting issues and through speech writing and delivery. The module will also cover rhetorical analysis of a variety of speeches to determine their characteristic features.
This module focuses on your career launch in the interpreting market, including business awareness, professional standards and ethics. You will reflect on the skills needed for your chosen career path, both in the short term (career launch) and in the longer term (continuing professional development).
You will be introduced to the different theories of the nature of cross-cultural interaction and of intercultural competence. The module also looks closely at the application of these theories to specific issues in professional contexts, such as translation, cross-cultural skills and knowledge transfer, and the cross-cultural implications of globalisation.
This module will cover concepts and
issues in sociolinguistics, such as class, gender, ethnicity, multilingual communities, language variation, choice, planning, change, decline and death, and language in face-to-face interaction.
This module will equip you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the structures and functioning of the UN and EU. In particular, it aims to explain the role of the main institutions of the UN and EU and their interaction with national governments, and the role of professional linguists in these processes.
Graduates of the course develop careers as freelance and in-house interpreters in the public service environment, in the private sector and in national and international organisations.
One year, full-time or two years, part-time with daytime attendance
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