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SPAN 351

Spanish Interpreting I

Instructor: Prof. Sharrah Lane

SPAN 351 introduces students to the theory and practice of interpreting in community-based settings (social services, community clinic, immigration agency, police station, etc.). The course emphasizes targeted readings, class discussions, thematic workshops, role-plays and hands-on practice. Throughout the course of the semester, students are expected to be familiar with several aspects surrounding the profession of the community interpreter and to successfully communicate messages in community-based settings. By the end of the semester, students will be able to discuss several aspects surrounding the practice of interpreting for the community using the terminology of the field, and to successfully transfer a message across language barriers in different community-based settings. Successful completion of this course requires that students have an advanced command of the Spanish and English languages at written and aural levels, and advanced cultural competencies in English and in Spanish. Although Spanish 351 isn’t a “traditional” language course in the strict sense of the word, students’ reading and writing skills should improve as they practice the art of interpreting. The languages of instruction will be Spanish and English, depending on the activities being discussed and the languages involved.

Prerequisite: SPAN 261 or 267, and SPAN 300 or SPAN 301 or 302; or permission from the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite

Spanish Undergraduate Advising Team

Gosia Lee
Hispanic Literatures & Cultures Major, Hispanic Studies Minor Advisor
Martha Ruiz-Garcia
Hispanic Linguistics Major Advisor
Hélène de Fays
Interim Spanish Translation & Interpreting Minor Advisor
Elizabeth Bruno
Spanish Minor for the Professions
Sheena Melton
Undergraduate Student Services Specialist