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MODL5381M Retour Interpreting: Consecutive

15 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Lihong Pan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

MODL5046M English as a Retour Interpreting Language

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Retour interpreting, or interpreting into a B language, is an increasingly important aspect of conference interpreting both on the private market and at international institutions. This module introduces and develops the skills required for successful, professional retour interpreting. Students will develop the key skills for this interpreting direction in the consecutive mode – building on their note-taking, analysis and deverbalisation skills as well as core skills in target-language reproduction and presentation and public speaking skills.


The main objectives of this module are to introduce the key practical and theoretical concepts and issues at play when interpreting into a B language; to aid student development in B language competence and to enable students to develop effective strategies in consecutive interpreting into B. In order to achieve this, the module focuses on specific techniques, such as deverbalisation, note-taking, and paraphrasing to support effective, clear and precise discourse delivery into a B language. Through the module, students also develop their understanding of the retour interpreting market and demands of the users of interpreting services.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

- Effectively analyse, deverbalise, and internalise the original speaker's meaning;
- Effectively reconstruct and communicate the source speaker’s message and intentions in a clear and precise manner in the target language, using techniques such as paraphrasing appropriately;
- Communicate and present clearly and effectively in a B language;
- Demonstrate understanding of and ability to use the strategies employed when working into or out of English as part of an A/B language pair.


This module will have a clear skills-based progression to enable students to develop their B-language interpreting competence.

The module will begin by focusing on the enhancement of students' B-language presentation and delivery skills.

In the second period of the semester, commencing with consideration of the theoretical aspects of retour interpreting, the module will employ a broad range of materials including A-lanugage speeches prepared by students on "Topics of the Week", which will be used to train students in developing the skill of delivering clear, concise, accurate and meaningful renderings in the consecutive mode.

Practicals will include students providing on-the-spot summaries of spoken and written language; presentations on a range of professional topics and consecutive interpreting with notes into the students' B-language. Practical and critical feedback will be offered to students by native speakers, experienced tutors in retour interpreting, as well as by their peers.

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

Specific guidance will be given to support and structure private study and group learning.

Students are expected to increase their exposure to professional language usage by following authentic speeches. They will also practise key skills such as analysing information, synthesising different points of views, and making coherent and logical speeches/presentations/summaries. They will be given guidelines for assessing their own performances and giving systematic and constructive feedback to peers.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The progress of professional competence will be monitored throughout the semester through regular/oral feedback on students’ performances in class.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationLive consecutive interpreting performance into B language. The assessment will last 20-30 minutes in total.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:42:38


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