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Community Interpreting Award of Achievement

This program will provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to begin interpreting in the community. Through lectures, readings, individual study, lab practice and simulations, students will learn and practice the basics of community interpreting. Upon completion of the program, and upon passing the Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT) Assessment, graduates will be eligible to apply for Associate Membership with the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC (STIBC). Graduates of the program will receive a VCC Award of Achievement in Interpreting.



Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April 3 terms Award of Achievement Downtown Part-time

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If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [map & business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this Award of Achievement, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural approaches to the work of interpretation,
  • Demonstrate effective bilingual and bicultural practice within their work,
  • Assess and analyze their own competencies for interpreting in relation to a variety of interpreting settings,
  • Interpret fact-to-face encounters in dialogic/one-on-one and small group settings with a variety of participants,
  • Apply professional standards, practices and ethics to their work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the health care system and related terminologies
  • Apply appropriate problem solving and communication strategies in responding to typical challenges which arise in providing interpreting and sight translation services

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Classroom learning with a mix of lecture and lab.

PROGRAM DURATION

Three terms (180 hours of class).


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

For successful completion of all courses, students must maintain 80% attendance in each course. Additionally, some courses include a variety of evaluations including tests, assignments, presentations, and group work.


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Before beginning the program, students should have a high level of oral and written proficiency in English (English 12 with a B or equivalent) and another language, extensive knowledge of grammar in both languages, and excellent pronunciation.

PRIOR LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT (PLAR)

Not available at this time.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

This program will provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to begin interpreting and translating in the community. 

Learn more about the Interpreting Award of Achievement at a free information session at the Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station. 





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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Michael Yue, CS Interpreting, 604.871.7000, ext. 8765
Program Assistant: Tina Kirmis, CS Interpreting, 604.871.7000, ext. 8672

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2017 (201792)

(INTP 1104) Simultaneous Interpreting 0.0 credits    $492.60



This course builds upon the skills mastered in all previous interpreting courses. Since simultaneous interpreting is a complex process involving listening and understanding in one language while rendering the message into another, the course moves from the initial interpreting of individual words to sentences to paragraphs and finally, full statements and transcripts. The course focuses on simultaneous interpreting from English to another language. Students learn to become proficient in dual tasking, to develop the ability to listen to one language while repeating the message in another language, and to develop strategies for taking notes while interpreting, as well as for continuing practice and self-improvement. (30 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20535 DTN Rm. 163
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
06-Jun-2017
to 13-Jun-2017
Aroutiounian, Anna
Register
  20535 DTN Rm. 148
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
15-Jun-2017
to 29-Jun-2017
Aroutiounian, Anna
Register
  20535 DTN Rm. 148
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
17-Jun-2017
Aroutiounian, Anna
Register


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2017 (201793)

(INTP 1101) Introduction to Interpreting 0.0 credits    $513.18



This course presents the fundamentals of providing spoken language interpreting services in various settings. Participants will consider the role and responsibilities of the community interpreter and discuss professional standards of practice and ethical principles to guide an interpreter's performance. The course also provides an introduction to various skills required for successful interpreting including note taking, active listening, memory retention, mental transposition and verbalization in the target language. (30 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30468 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
06-Sep-2017
to 11-Oct-2017
Joe, Young
Register


(INTP 1102) Interpreting 1 0.0 credits    $513.18



This course concentrates on the development of skills essential to the task of effective interpreting including: memory and comprehension, note taking, vocabulary building, and handling linguistic and ethical challenges assertively. Consecutive interpreting and sight translation exercises are incorporated throughout the course with a view to analyzing and improving practice. (30 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30467 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
16-Oct-2017
to 15-Nov-2017
Joe, Young
Register


(INTP 1103) Interpreting 2 0.0 credits    $513.18



This course builds upon the skills acquired in Interpreting I and introduces specific medical and legal terminology needed by practicing interpreters in more specialized settings. It provides continued practice to achieve smooth and coherent sight translations of generic medical and legal texts and to improve capacity for handling longer passages in consecutive interpreting. (30 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30466 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
20-Nov-2017
to 20-Dec-2017
Joe, Young
Register


(INTP 1106) Skills Integration 0.0 credits    $513.18



This course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the integration of skills introduced in the five previous courses in preparation for interpreting in different settings which will be introduced and explored. Protocols, procedures and techniques are reviewed and discussed and supported by role-plays and case study scenarios. The integration of interpreter skills and competencies deals with professional comportment issues and some of the management skills required for freelance and/or contract interpreters. (30 hours)

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30506 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
05-Sep-2017
to 05-Oct-2017
Sasso, Angela
Register


Interpreting 1 (INTP 1102)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $492.60
Interpreting 2 (INTP 1103)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $492.60
Introduction to Interpreting (INTP 1101)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $492.60
Simultaneous Interpreting (INTP 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $492.60
Skills Integration (INTP 1106)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $513.18
Terminology Research (INTP 1105)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $492.60


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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