TRANS 106 Ethics & Business Practice of Trans & Interp • 3 Cr.


Learn the role of the interpreter and translator in the business conference, medical and courtroom setting. Familiarize the student with current business practices, i.e., determining fees and negotiating contracts. Prerequisite: TRANS 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the interpreter in the business in the business-conference, medical, and legal settings.¬†
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Code of Ethics for Translators, the Codes of Ethics for Interpreters, and the ASL Ethics and Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrate an understanding of protocol for translators and interpreters. Recognize the importance of impartiality and confidentiality, and conflicts of interest.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the current business practices in translation and interpretation
  • Market a freelance translation or interpretation business and possess some of the necessary tools such as: a resume, a portfolio, business cards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how an agency works, and what it means to be an independent contractor. Know the prerequisites for starting a business in terms of licenses, equipment, fees.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to negotiate a contract and create a contract¬†
  • Demonstrate an understanding of translation and copyright law
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of professionalism and the importance of self-evaluation