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Unit information: Liaison Interpreting in 2021/22

Unit name Liaison Interpreting
Unit code MODL30006
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is designed to enable students to mediate linguistically on a range of complex topics, in oral mode and in both directions, between English and the other language in the context of interactive, one-to-one spoken discourse.

The unit is currently only offered to students taking RUSSIAN, GERMAN, ITALIAN, FRENCH or SPANISH. It will be in TB-1 for students of Russian, German and Italian and in TB-2 for students of French and Spanish.

Students will develop bilateral communicative and linguistic skills in order to absorb and render the contents of realistic scenarios drawn from business, legal and medical settings.

Liaison interpreting will develop:

  • memory, presentation and note-taking skills
  • assertiveness
  • public speaking skills in both languages
  • terminology research skills

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of issues in a range of topics in order to effectively fulfil the role of the liaison interpreter
  2. skills of memorisation appropriate to the role of interpreter
  3. fundamental note-taking skills for interpreters
  4. an appropriate level of general and culture-specific, interpersonal negotiating skills
  5. terminology research and glossary-making skills
  6. a reflective capacity and ability to analyse and address their performance in interpreting

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation. This will include full-cohort seminars; small-group live interpreting sessions, where students act as trainee interpreters, and supervised activity where students work with pre-recorded dialogues either in self-study or in a synchronous context.

Assessment Details

70% - Continuous assessment based on best three interpreting performances in class (ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

30% - Reflective journal of 3000 words (ILOs 1, 5 and 6)


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