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TIAG 8505

Foundations in Interpretation

Introduction to Interpretation

This multilingual course introduces students to the basic theories and practices of interpretation in general, and consecutive interpretation in particular. It lays a foundation for the development of professional skills in consecutive interpretation, emphasizing the ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language (SL) and convey it in the target language (TL) in a straightforward and clear manner. Students will hone their public-speaking skills by developing and delivering speeches, and will practice listening to and interpreting the content of passages of increasing length and difficulty as they develop the ability to identify, analyze, and paraphrase the meaning of an oral source text and establish logical relations between its components. Content is interpreted on topics from daily life, current events and the media, and general areas of personal interest to students.

Activities will include discussions and readings to build related knowledge, and practical hands-on exercises to build interpretation skills and to explore the purposes of interpretation and decisions made when approaching an interpretation assignment, including protocol, context, speaker intention, audience needs, public speaking, delivery, rhetorical style, deverbalization, equivalency, definitions of accuracy and faithful conveyance of the message, and the use of tools and resources to support interpretation.

Course assignments include readings and research on class topics, presentations, practice, graded exercises, and peer and self-assessment. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

This course is complementary to language-specific Introduction to Interpretation courses 8501 and 8502.

TI - All General
Translation & Interpretation
Transltn, Interpret & Lang Edu
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
TIKR 8501 *
TICH 8502 *
TISP 8501 *
TIGR 8502 *
TIKR 8502 *
TIFR 8501 *
TISP 8502 *
TIJA 8501 *
TIRU 8501 *
TIFR 8502 *
TIJA 8502 *
TICH 8501 *
TIRU 8502 *
TIGR 8501 *


Fall 2024 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

TIAG8505A-F24 Lecture (Hofmann-Miller, Chen)
TIAG8505B-F24 Lecture (Hofmann-Miller, Chen)

Fall 2023 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

TIAG8505A-F23 Lecture (Burian)
TIAG8505B-F23 Lecture (Burian)

Fall 2022 - MIIS

TIAG8505A-F22 Lecture (Burian, Abel, Jourdenais, Shulman-Mora)
TIAG8505B-F22 Lecture (Burian, Abel, Jourdenais, Shulman-Mora)