Singapore University of Social Sciences

Topics in Interpretation

Applications Open: 01 October 2019

Applications Close: 30 November 2019

Next Available Intake: January 2020

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages


This course focuses on key areas of interpreting, providing both content knowledge and skills training. Students will be exposed to issues in the interpreting process. In particular a focus will be given on simultaneous interpretation. Key topics will include expectations of different user groups, the role of the interpreter, quality assessment, metaphors in interpretation and finally the role of culture and politeness in interpretation. Students will be expected to take part in mock interpreting sessions.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Consequtive Interpreting
  • Expectations of different user groups
  • Politeness in interpretation
  • Quality assessment in interpreting

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the concept and process of interpreting (B4)
  • Discriminate modes and types of interpreting. (B4)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the interpreter as a professional. (B3)
  • Draft interpretation of different types of texts (B5)
  • Modify language during consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. (B5)
  • Apply knowledge of interpreting to English-Malay interpreting tasks if and when needed. (B3)
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