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Unit information: Introduction to Liaison Interpreting in 2021/22

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Unit name Introduction to Liaison Interpreting
Unit code MODLM0027
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Paul Golf
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

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 Chinese in the context of interactive, one-to-one spoken discourse.

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

Liaison interpreting will develop:

  • memory, presentation and note-taking skills
  • public speaking skills in both languages
  • terminology research skills
  • Professionalism and ethics/codes of conduct in various liaison interpreting contexts
  • How to mediate cultural and linguistic differences/gaps between languages
  • An interpreter’s role and neutrality
  • Representing and managing interpersonal dynamics in liaison interpreting

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will have:

  1. developed their understanding of issues in a range of topics in order to effectively fulfil the role of the liaison interpreter
  2. enhanced their skills of memorisation and note-taking
  3. become familiar with the standard codes of practice and ethical issues surrounding liaison interpreting
  4. become familiar with general and culture-specific, interpersonal negotiating skills
  5. developed their terminology research and glossary-making skills

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered online 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.

Assessment Information

1 x Intepreting commentary (50%) and 1 x Learning Log (50%).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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