In 2006, Seneca College was the first college to offer the Language Interpreter Training Program (LITP). The Certificate was the result of several years of research done by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of the Attorney General and Health and Social Service agencies. The intent is to train at the college level, professional interpreters who can perform with a high degree of competence in the legal, health and community sector. Seneca's graduates are a shining example of our commitment to excellence and professionalism in the field of interpretation.
This College Certificate program is 180 hours in duration and includes 6 courses that integrate theories, principles, concepts and practical application as well as the skills development required for the field of interpretation. The courses are 30 hours and they are offered 2 evenings a week and on the weekends. The accelerated schedule allows participants to complete the 2 courses in a semester.
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Applicants MUST attend a mandatory orientation session.
Mastery of both English and an additional language is required.
Participants must complete an English Assessment & Placement,, or apply for Advanced Standing in order to ensure they meet the English requirements.
Prerequisites: ESL089, ESL934/EAC149 or equivalent.
It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or an advanced standing for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.
Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting is the foundation course of a six course Language Interpreter Certificate Program. This course presents the fundamentals of providing spoken language interpreting services in various settings. Participants will consider the role and responsibilities of the interpreter and discuss professional standards of practice and ethical principles to guide an interpreter's performance. The course also provides an introduction to various skills required for successful interpreting including note taking, active listening, memory retention, mental transposition and verbalization in the target language.
Skills Development - Consecutive Interpreting & Note Taking is the second course of a six course Language Interpreter Certificate Program. Following a brief overview of the theoretical framework underlying the process of consecutive interpreting, the course concentrates on the development of skills essential to the task of effective interpreting including: memory and comprehension, note taking, vocabulary building, and handling linguistic and ethical challenges assertively. Consecutive interpreting exercises are incorporated throughout the course with a view to analyzing and improving practice.
Sight translation, sometimes referred to as sight interpretation, is a hybrid of interpreting and translation. Using documents related to a number of different settings, the course will instruct participants in the fundamentals of sight translation and assist in the development of related skills, such as reading comprehension, scanning for main ideas, fast reading, analysis of language, vocabulary enrichment and comprehension verification through paraphrasing. The course will also equip participants with the tools to manage ethical and performance challenges in sight translation.
Simultaneous interpreting provides an immediate interpretation of a speaker's utterances. A Simultaneous interpreter reproduces the speech in the target language as it is being delivered in the source language. Through simulations, role plays and audio/visual exercises participants will develop skills in simultaneous whispering interpreting without the use of electronic equipment. Subsequent to the theory overview, participants will practice: active listening, shadowing, retelling, paraphrasing, memory exercises and self-evaluation. Based on exposure to exercises and simulations, participants will develop and practice skills and techniques used in simultaneous interpreting in various settings and contexts.
The course concentrates on the acquisition of knowledge and the enhancement of skills introduced in Courses I-IV in preparation for interpreting in different settings. Four interpreting settings are introduced and explored; court interpreting, interpreting with child victims/witnesses; health care interpreting; and interpreting in the violence against women sector. Protocols, procedures and techniques necessary for functioning effectively as an interpreter are reviewed and discussed, forming the basis for problem solving exercises. A variety of articles and accompanying self study and terminology development activities enrich the course. Research and field observation provide context for course content. Skill and knowledge development and assessment are supported by role plays and case scenarios.
The Capstone Course begins with a brief review of the main interpreting competencies covered in the previous five courses. Following a recap of the ethical principles and standards of practice, the skills of consecutive interpreting and note taking, sight translation and simultaneous interpreting are practiced in preparation for the course's major component - the integration of interpreter skills and competencies through the Comprehensive Case Studies method. The final module deals with professional comportment issues and some of the financial management skills required for the interpreter who works as an independent contractor.
Successful completion of ILSAT OR CILISAT Certification exam.
To graduate, students will need to successfully complete the 6 courses in LITP as well as, either the ILSAT or the CILISAT interpreter test.
On successful completion of the program, graduates will have successfully demonstrated the ability to:
Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.
How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.
The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.
Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.
Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.
Requests for Advanced Standing must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60%) is generally required for a course to be considered for Advanced Standing.
Requests for Advanced Standing Forms are available at the Registration office and
An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and dropped off or mailed to Registration. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for an Advanced Standing decision.
If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registration Office by completing a Request to Graduate form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.
Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).
No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the courses required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade. (Academic Policy: 8.9)
Tatiana De Oliveira
Part-time Program Coordinator
Applicants MUST attend a mandatory orientation session.