LNI101 - Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting

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Subject Title
Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting

Subject Description
Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting is the foundation 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 active listening, note taking, memory retention, mental transposition and verbalization in the target language.

Credit Status
LNI101 is a credit coursein the LITP (Language Interpretation) 6 course Certificate Programme.

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

1.Identify specific terminology associated with the field of interpreting and the different types of interpreting performed
2.Identify competencies required to be a language interpreter
3.Describe the Seleskovitch-Lederer model of interpretation
4.Describe the constituent tasks of interpreting
5.Identify the impact that an individual's experiences, assumptions, values, beliefs and biases will have on the interpretation process
6.Describe factors which may impact effective communication and the challenges in 3-way communicating in two languages
7.Demonstrate the ability to use active listening and memory retention skills to recreate the original message with 80% accuracy
8.Articulate the standards of practice/conduct and ethical principles used to guide an interpreter's performance

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.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

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.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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.

ESL 089 or permission of Program Co-ordinator


EAC149/ ESL934  

Topic Outline
Setting the Context
Overview of the Interpreting Process
Factors which Impact Effective Communication
Constituent Tasks of Interpretating
Standards of Practice/Conduct and Ethical Principles

Mode of Instruction
Traditional  Classroom

Lecture and Case Study
Independent Research Instruction

On-line  (option)

Prescribed Texts
LNI101 Language Interpreter Training Program Manual available electronically on Blackboard

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  •  Head set with microphone
  • USB

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
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

N.B. Ontario Council on Community Interpreting (OCCI) requires that candidates for accreditation obtain a minimum grade of 70% in each course of the Language Interpreter Program.

Traditional Classroom

Assignments 40%
Term Tests 35%
Final Exam 25%


Participation 25%
Assignments 30%
Tests 30%
Final Examination in registering college test centre (paper based) 15%

Testing in target language to be done at participant's expense at a predetermined certificate point.

 It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy.
The use of electronic dictionaries is not permitted during assessments.


Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines and exercises) until they receive their final grade.
Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.


Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood