LNI105 - Setting Specific Interpreting

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Subject Title
Setting Specific Interpreting

Subject Description
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.

Credit Status
LNI105 is a credit subject in the LITP (Language Interpretation) 6 subject Certificate Programme.

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

1.Discuss environments and situations in which interpreters provide services in Ontario
2.Analyze situations, applying policies, procedures, practices and techniques appropriate to the circumstance
3.Demonstrate fidelity and accuracy in interpreting technical vocabulary related to specific settings
4.Research and prepare for assignments in unfamiliar or unique settings
5.Consolidate skills and knowledge in hypothetical situations
6.Take steps to respond to and manage stress and exposure to traumatic material

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.


Topic Outline
- The Canadian Justice System - Federal & Provincial
- Child Abuse - A Canadian Perspective
- Cultural Variations in Disease & Illness
- Women Abuse
- Overview of the Canadian Justice System & Principles
- Register Integrity – Delivering Messages Faithfully
- Who’s Who in Health Care
- An Introduction to Ontario’s Coordinated Response to Women Abuse
- The Criminal Justice Process – From Arrest to Sentence
- Guidelines for Interpreting for Child Witnesses
- Deciphering Medical Terminology
- Services in the Community
- Family Law – Separation & Divorce
- Child Witness Testimony Using Closed Circuit Technology
- Health Care Act – Consent to Treatment
- The Dynamics of Power & Control
- Courtroom Procedure
- Self-Care For Interpreters
- Managing the Power Differential Between Practitioner and Interpreter
- Interpreting Witness Testimony
- Understanding Mental Health
- Mental Health Interpreting Practice - Disjointed & Disorganized Speech
- Parts of a Mental Status Examination

Mode of Instruction
Traditional Classroom

Lecture and Case Study
Independent Research Instruction.


Instruction will occur online

Prescribed Texts

LNI105 Language Interpreter Training Program available electronically on Blackboard

Additional Requirements:

Ability to use a computer equipped with a headset or speakers. Ability to work in person with up to two other people who speak your native language. It is the student's responsibility to arrange volunteers for these activities.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • Head set with microphone
  • Dual Language (Bi-lingual) Dictionaries, Thesauruses and Glossaries
  • 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.

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor’s standards. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc., from your instructor.
While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally a part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss.

Medical Absence

If you are unable to complete any formal evaluations in a subject for medical reasons, you must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence. If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and assigning the final grade.


Assignments 35%
Tests 15%
Quizzes 20%
Final Assessment 30%
TOTAL  100%


Discussion Assignments (4 @ 5%) 20%
(2) Assignments 35%
Online Midterm Test 15%
Final Examination in registering college test cente (paper based) 30%

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