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MODL5365M Consecutive Interpreting - Chinese

15 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Lihong Pan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

Existing MODL5044M Interpreting Skills: Chinese

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Consecutive interpreting is a major mode of interpreting commonly used in various settings. This module is designed to provide focused training in consecutive interpreting. Language-pair specific practice relevant to "Topics of the Week" is conducted in the sessions in a progressive manner in order to consolidate students' consecutive interpreting skills and techniques.


This module develops the concentration, analysis and recall skills essential to effective interpreting in the consecutive mode. This will be achieved through a focus on techniques specific to this mode, such as active listening and note-taking. The aim is to support students in being able to express the speaker's original structure and intentions in a clear, natural and articulate way in the target language.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have acquired the technical skills required for professional consecutive interpreting. Specifically, they should be able to:
- comprehend, analyse and synthesise information in the source language;
- make effective use of note-taking;
- structure and present information accurately, coherently and fluently in the target language.


Practical sessions in the University's interpreting facilities will focus on practising and consolidating fundamental consecutive interpreting skills such as active listening, analytical and presentation skills, speech preparation and making, note-taking, as well as reformulation techniques. Students will also develop the ability to summarise relatively long and dense speeches. Guidance on key themes/skills of interpreting (e.g. quality; professional bodies; international organisations; interpreting in different settings; terminology preparation) will also be given.
Additional virtual classes may be arranged in cooperation with partner universities and international institutions such as the European Commission depending on their availability.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning162.0032.00
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be required to undertake intensive practice of consecutive interpreting using materials available online and in the resources library.
Specific guidance will be given by the tutor to support and structure student-led learning in key areas:
- Recall training and development of presentation skills: preparation of presentations in language A
- Interpreting with note-taking working individually and in groups

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Progress in professional competence will be monitored throughout the semester through regular/oral feedback on student performances in class.
- Written summative feedback from module tutors will be provided for the assessments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationLive interpreting performance in consecutive mode with note-taking. The assessment will last 20-30 minutes in total.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The format of the resit will follow that of the final oral performance worth 100% to reflect skill progression at the end of the module.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:50


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