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MODL5017M Introduction to Interpreting Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Carlo Eugeni

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful admission to one of the programmes listed above.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

A practical introduction to essential interpreting skills.


This module aims to introduce students to the profession of interpreting while also helping them develop basic interpreting skills including memory skills, note-taking, presentation and delivery skills, and the ability to summarise the main points in a speech or dialogue and clearly articulate a message.

Students may go on to apply these skills in more advanced training in interpreting should they wish to do so.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should show evidence of:
- familiarity with the main forms and contexts of interpreting
- competency in basic interpreting skills as described above
- a broad knowledge of current affairs which is relevant to their preparedness for further interpreting studies
- a proactive and self-reflective approach to their work and an ability to develop professional relationships with others.


This module offers a blend of conceptual knowledge and practical experience in exploring basic approaches to interpreting. In addition to providing a detailed examination of the contexts in which the different forms and modes of interpreting are practised, it offers practical advice and training in the skills (memory, analytical skills, note-taking, expression, general knowledge, and presentation skills) required for basic interpreting, creating a platform from which to pursue more intensive interpreting study if desired. Exercises will generally be monolingual.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Intensive group practice of interpreting skills exercises as suggested by module tutors.
- Preparation for the topic of the week.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- The progress of competence will be monitored throughout the semester by providing regular feedback on student performance in classes.
- Feedback sheet is available to students.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentA 20-minute monolingual interpreting exercise at the end of semester 2.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:49


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