LNI031 - Court Interpretation Workshop

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Subject Title
Court Interpretation Workshop

Subject Description
This 15 hour workshop provides practical training and hands-on experience in legal/court interpretation by using transcripts of actual courtroom discourse. In addition, the workshop prepares you for the mandatory court interpreter testing accreditation/certification.

Credit Status
Valid for 15 OCCI-ACI PD units

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. develop speed reading skills, paraphrasing, summarizing, prediction and note-taking skills

2. increase your accuracy and fluency in legal/courtroom interpretation in the 3 modes of interpreting: Consecutive, Simultaneous and Sight Translation

3. identify ethically problematic situations and apply the Code of Conduct to resolve the issues

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Participants must be fluent in 2 languages(English/other). Knowledge of Interpretation skills; Consecutive, Simultaneous and Sight Translation

Topic Outline
Day #1

  • Self-assessment exercise
  • Challenges court interpreters face
  • Practical Guidelines for Court Interpreters
  • Ethical decision making
  • Consecutive Interpreting Tips
  • Verbatim recall of testimony exercise
  • Courtroom role Play
  • Technical/legal jargon

Day #2
  • Simultaneous Interpretation Tips
  • Shadowing exercise
  • Role Play of cross examination of a Police Officer
  • Error analysis and corrections
  • Building speed and developing legal vocabulary

Day #3
  • Guidelines for Sight Translation
  • Real-time paraphrasing and Speed Reading
  • Managing Complex sentence structures
  • Sight Translation /Paraphrase of text for Armed Robbery Case
  • Knowledge and prediction of various legal text/documents

Mode of Instruction
Lecture and intensive in-class lab exercises
Blackboard Discussion Tool

Prescribed Texts
Hand-outs will be given at the workshop

Required Supplies
Bilingual legal dictionary
Recording device for interpretation activities (preferably with headphones)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
100% attendance is required to receive a SATISFACTORY grade

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood