Spanish Interpreter Course Descriptions

SPI 111 Cultural & Ethical Issues

This course provides cultural sensitivity instruction, as well as in-depth focus on professional ethics for the interpreter. Emphasis is placed on researching the fundamentals of professional ethics, creating ethical guidelines for interpreters and learning about Hispanic cultural issues. Upon completion, students should be able to apply professional ethics and an understanding of the Hispanic culture in the interpreting field.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 111 Course Outline


SPI 113 Introduction to Spanish Interpreting

This course introduces the field of interpreting, interpretation models, cognitive processes associated with interpretation, professional ethical standards, employment opportunities, and working conditions. Topics include specialized jargon, code of ethics, interpreter assessments/qualifications, and protocol associated with various settings. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the rationale for placement of interpreters and apply ethical standards to a variety of working situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 0944
Corequisites: None
SPI 113 Course Outline


SPI 114 Analytical Skills Spanish Interpreting

This course is designed to improve cognitive processes associated with interpreting, listening, short-term memory, semantic equivalence, visual/auditory processing, thought organization and logic. Emphasis is placed on developing skills necessary to generate equivalent messages between Spanish and English. Upon completion, students should be able to consecutively interpret non-technical, interactive messages between Spanish and English.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: SPI 113 or permission of Community Spanish Program Director
Corequisites: None
SPI 114 Course Outline


SPI 213 Review of Grammar

This course is designed to review the common elements of Spanish grammar in oral and written form. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental grammatical concepts of the Spanish language. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension and correct usage of specified grammatical concepts in both oral and written form

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 213 Course Outline


SPI 214 Introduction to Translation

This course is designed to improve the quality of Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation. Emphasis is placed on the practice of Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation in a variety of prose styles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the usage and understanding of the processes involved in translating.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: SPI 213 or permission of Community Spanish Program Director
Corequisites: None
SPI 214 Course Outline


SPI 221 Consecutive Interpretation I

This course introduces skills of consecutive interpretation used by professional interpreters. Topics include memory development, note taking, sight translation and non-verbal communication. Upon completion, students should be able to apply consecutive interpretation techniques in a variety of role-playing situations and settings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 221 Course Outline


SPI 222 Consecutive Interpretation II

This course builds upon Consecutive Interpretation I by providing students with additional opportunities to enhance skills in increasingly complex situations. Emphasis is placed on practical role-play situations which simulate a variety of settings. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a more advanced ability to consecutively interpret messages of a varied nature.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: SPI 221 or permission of Community Spanish Program Director
Corequisites: None
SPI 222 Course Outline


SPI 241 Legal Interpreting I

This course is designed for students planning to specialize in legal interpreting in areas such as the courtroom, attorney offices and law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on the development of legal terminology vocabulary and application of legal standards. Upon completion, students should be able to consecutively interpret and provide on-sight translation renderings of basic messages in a variety of legal settings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 241 Course Outline


SPI 243 Medical Interpreting I

This course is designed for students planning to specialize in medical interpreting in settings such as hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics. Emphasis is placed on the development of medical terminology vocabulary through active role-play. Upon completion, students should be able to apply medical interpretation techniques in a variety of medical situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 243 Course Outline: Not Available


SPI 245 Community Interpreting I

This course is designed to expose students to interpreting in areas such as social services, business and industry. Emphasis is placed on the development of social services, business and industry vocabulary through role-play. Upon completion, students should be able to consecutively interpret basic messages in a variety of social services, business and industry situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Community Spanish Program Director and ENG 002 Tier 1 or EFL 074 and 094
Corequisites: None
SPI 245 Course Outline: Not Available