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Interpreting Spoken Language


This program prepares its graduates to become court interpreters. Fluency in both English and at least one other language is required for admission to the program. Students will develop their interpreting ability with courses that focus on consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, and sight translation. Students will also be prepared to enter the workforce as freelance interpreters by learning about how to succeed in the field of professional interpreting and translating. Ethical issues and the respon­sibilities of the interpreter are also taught.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • the ability to perform simultaneous interpreting;
  • the ability to perform consecutive interpreting;
  • the ability to perform sight translation of legal documents;
  • the ability to pass the New Jersey State Certification Exam for Court Interpreters on the level of Journeyman;
  • the knowledge of techniques necessary to maintain and improve one’s interpreting skills after graduation;
  • the ability and the knowledge to enter the workforce as a professional free lance interpreter;
  • an awareness of the diverse cultural factors which play a crucial role in language interpreting;
  • an awareness of the ethical principles and responsibilities underlying the role of court interpreter.


Recommended Sequence

Based on satisfaction of all Basic Skills requirements and prerequisites

INT 101 - Interpreting I
INT 102 - Interpreting II
INT 105 - Role of Interpreter
TRN 101 - Intro to Written Translation
ENG 101 - English Composition I OR
ENG 111 and ENG 112  English Composition For Speakers of Other Languages
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
Mathematics OR Science Gen Ed Requirement
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement*

*ENG 112 serves as a Humanities Elective

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Career Options

Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as freelance or court interpreters by learning about how to succeed in the field or professional interpreting and translating.

Program Information

Type of Program:Certificate

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