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Certificate in Interpretation: English/Spanish - Spanish/English (CII)

The curriculum for the CII (Certificate in Interpretation) is designed to address three of the principal environments where interpretation (English-Spanish and Spanish-English) is currently needed, and will be more intensely needed in the future: that is, legal, healthcare and business environments. In addition, governing interpretation principles are also studied for application to language environments covered and not covered by the program.

The program consists of 7 (3 credits each) courses to be taken in a predetermined fashion. Therefore, a total of 21 credits is required to complete the certificate.

All courses are offered in the evenings with varied starting times from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm. All courses (fall and spring) require a minimum of 3 hours of classroom exposure/week. The fall and spring semesters have a 14 week duration. Summer sessions have a 6+ week duration and require a min. of 6 hours of classroom exposure per week.

Goals and Objectives of the Program:
The overall goals and objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To acquaint participants with the relatively new concept of Interpretation Studies by reading informed criticism in the theoretical field, thereby contextualizing the discipline in general terms.
  • To fine tune participants’ working languages, so as to bring them up to the same level of proficiency as educated native speakers, and progressively train them to transfer messages from one language to another accurately and fluently.
  • To provide training in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting and sight translation, from beginning to advanced levels, in the legal, healthcare and business fields.  This training will allow them to perform to the standards of court, healthcare, or conference interpreters, as established by nationally-recognized associations in those fields.  This includes a foundation in the standards of ethics and practice in the respective areas.
  • To develop awareness of current issues in interpreting studies and practice, and of the importance of professionalizing this occupation as well as educating the public on the importance of and methods for using professional interpreters.
  • To introduce participants to real-life working environments through guest speakers, possible on-site visits, and in-class simulations.
  • To equip students to continue learning on their own, by teaching self-assessment techniques and reflective practice skills.  Participants will also receive guidance on how to further their professional development.
  • To enhance their linguistic competence and cultural awareness.
  • To offer credits symbolizing academic achievement as well as a marketing tool.
  • To create a new standard for interpreters in this geographic area.
  • To train individuals for multi-competency employment.
  • To keep pace with the need for linguistic specialists.
  • To add Philadelphia to the national educational context of Interpretation Studies.
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Carmen Lamas, Ph.D.

The Hispanic Institute at La Salle University
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1209
Fax: 215.991.3506

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