This course is the first of a two-semester course leading to a Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies. Students must have a strong command of English and an emerging proficiency in at least one other language to enroll. The course introduces students to current research in translation and interpreting studies and to basic practical skills. The task of translating and interpreting texts is understood to include a social, cultural and ethical component as well as a linguistic one. Role play practice is designed to familiarize students with each of these aspects of interpreted communication in specific contexts. Students also work with written texts to develop an understanding of how to understand, analyze, process and reformulate meaning through text analysis. Both simultaneous and consecutive modes of interpreting are practiced in class and in the language lab.