Advanced Language Skills
Routledge – 2012 – 152 pages
Series: Interpreting Series
Interpreting Spanish presents a new and original approach to the teaching of spoken Spanish to advanced students. The techniques of liason interpreting are presented as a highly effective aid to language acquisition and consolidation.
This comprehensive course consists of a Student Handout book, a Tutor's Book and accompanying audio CDs.
The Student Handouts form an integral part of the course and have been designed to make the teaching and learning of liason interpreting as easy as possibly. They help students prepare for interpreting exercises and include a variety of features:
Interpreting Spanish is ideal for those who have not taught interpreting before. The Tutor's Book contains clearly structured teaching materials and practical suggestions on how to use them, together with general notes on class design, preparation, feedback and assessment.
The course will improve students' presentational and communication skills in both Spanish and English, and motivate them to eliminate linguistic deficiencies of a grammatical and structural nature. While learning new vocabulary and essential speech acts, students are introduced to a wide range of issues and registers.
'Together with clear, useful and user-friendly guidance on the skills required to be a good interpreter, the student handouts book provides brief but useful reminders of difficult grammatical points, thematic lists of phrases … and items of key vocabulary … The tutor's handbook is equally well written and is a helpful manual for those who have never taught interpreting before … The price is reasonable given that purchase of the full pack allows the institution to copy the tapes and student handouts for classroom use. A lot of thought has gone into this course, and it is worth consideration by anyone teaching Spanish beyond A level.' Francis Lough, Times Higher Education Supplement
Level 1: Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: The liason process Unit 3: Asking questions Unit 4: Opinions: expression and enquiry Unit 5: Interpeter Status Unit 6: Starting, finishing, thanking Unit 7:Cultural references Unit 8: Structure and coherence.
Ann McFall and Kent Sproule lecture in the School of Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.