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TRA5401 Foundation in Chinese to English Simultaneous Interpreting: Home

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of students’ Chinese to English simultaneous interpreting capacity, including shadowing, text analysis, segmentation, de-verbalization and other coping tactics. Class will be conducted in the forms of in-class exercise, individual performance, group discussions, peer reviews, case reviews, etc. The course will enhance students’ abilities of multi-tasking, analysis, decision-making and execution of coping tactics for accomplishing CN-EN SI tasks. It aims at developing students’ basic conference interpreting skills in preparation for a career in conference interpreting.

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Introducing Interpreting Studies

This textbook is designed to provide students, instructors, researchers, and practitioners with an overview of interpreting studies. This book consists of ten chapters organized into three parts. Chapters 1 to 5 make up the synthetic representation of interpreting studies in terms of concepts, developments, approaches, paradigms and models. Chapters 6 to 9 are devoted to an analytical presentation of the state of the art. Chapter 10, the only chapter that constitutes Part 3, reviews the major trends and future perspectives of interpreting studies as a field of research, and offers further suggestions for individual researchers.

Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator Training

The target audience of this book is the practitioners and instructors of conference interpreting and/or translation. Gile argues that professional translation entails students’ understanding of the theoretical approach that translation serves for communication between the initiator and the receptor. He points out that adding or deleting words and reframing sentences do not necessarily violate the principle of fidelity, and that translation must be conducted with discourse comprehension. Gile offers a number of models for simultaneous interpreting, consecutive interpreting, sight translation, and simultaneous with texts, including a sequential model, the effort model of simultaneous interpreting, and the IDRC model (Interpretation-Decision-Resources-Constraints).

Cognitive Processes in Translation and Interpreting

This book collects 12 essays written by participants at the seventh Kent Psychology Forum, a forum sponsored annually by the Applied Psychology Center at Kent State University. The authors apply concepts and methods of cognitive science to translation, focusing on the relationship between translation theory, research and practice. They try to answer questions such as the unique characteristics of translation and interpreting relative to monolingual languaging processes, the relationship between bilingual language processing and translation/interpreting skill, the important cognitive parameters of the translation and interpreting tasks, methods and models used to investigate the cognitive processes of translation and interpreting.

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