TRANS 102 Fundamentals of Interpreting • 3 Cr.


Covers the building blocks of interpreting, including analyzing, summarizing and paraphrasing, listening comprehension, shadowing, closure, and note taking. Prerequisite: TRANS 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand and define the dynamics of interpretation
  • Have the ability to analyze and organize a text for interpretation in terms of emotional tone and register, linguistic and cultural difficulties, and differences in types of meaning (propositional, presupposed, evoked)
  • Practice using the stepping stones used to achieve good interpretation skills, such as: paraphrasing, summarizing, anticipation, dual-tasking. Will have practiced these skills in performing memory, shadowing and note-taking exercises.
  • Work with the physical demands of interpretation in terms of posture, breathing, voice projection, and other qualities necessary to good speech.
  • Know the principles and practices of sight translation, consecutive interpretation, and simultaneous interpretation, and be familiar with the skills required for each mode and with the settings in which each is used. 
  • Review dictionaries and other resources from an interpreter's perspective