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Section 1



Interpreting courses usually start with the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and background on interpreting, modalities, techniques, contexts, history, pre-interpreting exercises and note-taking, studying the skills needed to become an interpreter, among many other basic issues. This Moodle course has been created with the aim of preparing you ONLY for the acquisition of basic theoretical knowledge in the technique of simultaneous interpreting in the SOLE context of a Social Forum. It is not possible to learn to interpret at an acceptable level if the practical aspect and the feedback of a lecturer are missing. During this Moodle course, we will not discuss other techniques such as consecutive interpretation, or any other modalities of the curriculum, although those of you studying at University will already have thorough knowledge of other modalities studied in previous years.

It has been proved empirically that acquiring consecutive techniques is not a prerequisite for learning simultaneous interpreting (although it helps at understanding the structure of speeches and you ability for analysis, in the long run). Practising consecutive interpreting helps as much for simultaneous as would translating written Social Forum speeches, that is, it is very useful indeed, but the cognitive efforts are different and it takes long to become aware of long-term improvement in your analysis abilities during simultaneous interpreting due to experience in consecutive.

This means that here in Moodle we will learn vocabulary for Social Forums; which will in turn make it easier and faster for you to acquire simultaneous interpreting techniques. The learning process will become much shorter because we will focus only on a specialised area of knowledge.

Before you start interpreting, (1) read the Charter of Principles of Porto Alegre and participate in the Moodle Forum, and (2) verify that your public-speaking skills are well honed.
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