Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sign Language Interpreting

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will teach students how to consecutively interpret between spoken languages (English and Maltese) and Maltese Sign Language (LSM). Lecturers will draw on different models of translation and interpreting training students to perform prepared and spontaneous consecutive interpretations. Students work with a variety of texts, language models, and socio-linguistic settings with the goal of engaging in the consecutive interpreting process by chunking information and constructing meaning in the alternate language.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to teach students how to interpret between spoken languages (English and Maltese) and Maltese Sign Language (LSM). Students should demonstrate capacity to interpret proficiently and effectively in consecutive and simultaneous modes. They should be able to prepare for an assignment, draw on the literature in the interpreting field and in the domains in which they will work, and apply this to their work as independent interpreters, as members of an interpreting team, and as members of the interpreting profession. This entails that a student demonstrates capacity to manage the social factors that influence an interpreter’s activities (e.g. turn-taking, overlapping turns, power relations, expectations and requirements, etc.) in a non-dominating manner and that they are able to explain the interpreting process and their scope of practice to consumers. Finally, students should demonstrate collegiality by showing respect and courtesy to colleagues, consumers and employers, and by taking responsibility for the quality of their work.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe in detail the notion of “equivalence” at word level, clause level, sentence level, grammatical level and discourse level;
- Identify and evaluate social factors that influence an interpreter’s activities (such as turn-taking, overlapping turns, power relations);
- Evaluate the impact that cultural difference plays in interpreted events;
- Select the most appropriate interpreting mode in specific contexts by taking account of the function and the context of the event;
- Generate a working glossary of terms/concepts for common interpreting/translating environments;
- Write effective notes during consecutive interpreting, as required.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply common interpreting strategies in practice including management of turn-taking;
- Carry out an accurate analysis of an interpreting assignment, drawing on Interpreting Studies literature to inform assignment;
- Apply appropriate interpreting and translating strategies when dealing with incongruence between language pairs;
- Efficiently manage and repair communication in interpreting settings using a range of interpreting techniques;
- Interpret prepared and unprepared texts;
- Compose target language interpretations/translations that are culturally appropriate;
- Work effectively as part of an interpreting/translating team.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
- Humphrey, Janice H. (2007) So You Want to Be an Interpreter? An Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting.
- Stewart, David and Schein, Jerome D. (2003). (2nd ed). Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science.
- Cynthia B. Roy (2000) Innovative Practices for Teaching Sign Language Interpreters (The Interpreter Education Series, Vol. 1).
- Jemina Napier (2010) Sign Language Interpreting: Theory and Practice in Australia and New Zealand.

Supplementary Readings:
- Additional readings will be listed on VLE as the course proceeds.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Maltese Sign Language Level 2

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (10 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 40%
Practical SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Marie Alexander (Co-ord.)
Adam Schembri
Christopher Stone

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