Union County College in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Union County College in Elizabeth, New Jersey - Interpreting Spoken Language Certificate Program
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About the Program

Program Description

Interpreting Spoken Language Certificate Program

The Interpreting Spoken Language Program trains bilingual individuals in the basic skills needed for professional work in interpreting and translating. Union County College offers three courses as part of a certificate program. Students from all language backgrounds may study in the program.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS. A high-level of proficiency in English and at leastone other language is required for entrance into these courses. The College provides a placement test in English. Those wishing to study in this course must finish all developmental English and ESL requirements before registering for interpretingcourses. Evaluation in one’s other language is done by the student her/himself or in consultation with the coordinator of the program. It is recommended that the student have some college education in that language and be fluent both in speaking and writing.


Interpreting I focuses on the skills necessary for consecutive interpreting, the mode in which the student waits for the speaker to finish talking before interpreting into the target language. This is a slow and accurate form of interpreting that allows the class a chance to start to appreciate all the complexities of the interpreting process. Students become comfortable with their basic abilities as well. This mode of interpreting is also an important skill for working in certain court situations. The course is a prerequisite for continuing to study in the remaining two courses.

Interpreting II offers training in simultaneous interpreting and sight translation. Students gain at least a basic level of competence in simultaneously interpreting from one language to another, i.e. listening to one language while saying the same thing in the target language. Sight translation refers to the rendering of written text in the source language into spoken language in the target.

The Role of the Interpreter provides students with valuable information about professional issues related to employment in the field of interpreting and translating. Students learn the ancillary skills for building a career as a free lance language professional.

Introduction to Translation gives students training and experience in translating written documents from a source language into a target language.  Students learn to use dictionaries and other reference tools in order to create accurate and faithful texts.  Most work is done from other languages into English.  Language consultants are used to evaluate texts the students produce in other languages. This course is worth three credits and is taken entirely online. Students interested in interpreting may take the INT

or TRN courses alone or as part of the certificate program. The following courses are required in order to obtain the certificate in Interpreting Spoken Languages:

INT 101

Consecutive Interpreting


INT 102

Simultaneous Interpreting


INT 105

Role of the Interpreter


TRN 101

Introduction to Translation



ENG 101 or

ENG 111, 112

English Composition


ENG 128

Dynamics of Communication


ENG 129

Public Speaking



Math or science


Social science






* Courses that satisfy this requirement are listed in the college catalog.

For information about the College’s tuition and fee schedule is available in the College catalog and on the College website. Students who reside outside of Union county may be eligible for a partial refund of tuition through thechargeback program. Direct inquiries about the chargeback program to the Admissions Office on any campus.


For September of 2009, we are offering two of our courses.  INT 101-071 Simultaneous Interpreting will run on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM until 8:40 PM in Elizabeth beginning September 2, 2009.  TRN 101-300 Introduction to Written Translation will be offered online.  Both of these courses are required for the certificate and are open to speakers of any language. Registration will be open from May 11 for the Fall semester courses andcontinues until September 2.

The Simultaneous Interpreting course (INT 102) and the Role of the Interpreter (INT 105) will be offered in January of 2010.


Check with the institution. 

Editor notes

The course provides the student with everything he needs to know about the technical aspects of translation and consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. One disadvantage though is that it doesn’t offer specialization in any specific field such as engineering, law or medicine. 



Contact Information

Union County College

Professor John DiFiore

12 West Jersey St.

Elizabeth, NJ



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