DSP3110 Practice in Legal Interpreting

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Law

Course Description:

Advanced sight translation training focusing on court/law enforcement documents. Includes identification of the origins of judiciary terminology, and theory and practice of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation as applied to common judiciary situations. Advanced consecutive and simultaneous interpretation skills building: listening/prediction, analysis, note-taking, recall, positioning, situational control, shadowing and decalage, equipment use and interpreting.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Interpreting in the judicial field is rapidly expanding and the need for competent interpreters is increasing. Students will learn the origin of words which are commonly used, but specific to this field, and how to discover the meaning of words with which they may not be familiar. This will help them as they are in the midst of an interpreting situation to be able to continue the interpretation without a break. This course will give them practical methods to use to keep them on point as they interpret.

Why This Course Is Important:

Practical experience in various judicial settings is essential for a legal interpreter. Students will gain a basic understanding of the common words and processes used across the spectrum of legal interpreting. Students will also become familiar with the documents and situations to accelerate their ability to function effectively as interpreters.