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Interpreting German
Advanced Language Skills

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ISBN 9780415680745
Published March 23, 2014 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Interpreting German presents a new and original approach to the teaching of spoken German to advanced students. The techniques of liaison interpreting are presented as a highly effective aid to language acquisition and consolidation.

This comprehensive course consists of a Student Handout booka Tutor's Book and accompanying audio CDs.

The Student Handouts form an integral part of the course and have been designed to make the teaching and learning of liason interpreting as easy as possibly. They help students prepare for interpreting exercises and include a variety of features:

  • an introduction to the given topic, highlighting possible problems and strategies for solving them
  • audio CDs featuring 6 hours of dialogues for practice and revision
  • exercises related to the audio material, which students tackle alone, in pairs or as a group
  • useful vocabularly notes
  • interpreter's tips focusing on practical ways to improve performance
  • background notes to the dialogues
  • fully photocopiable handouts suitable for use both in and outside the classroom.

Interpreting German is ideal for those who have not taught interpreting before. The Tutor's Book contains clearly structured teaching materials and practical suggestions on how to use them, together with general notes on class design, preparation, feedback and assessment.

The course will improve students' presentational and communication skills in both German and English, and motivate them to eliminate linguistic deficiencies of a grammatical and structural nature. While learning new vocabulary and essential speech acts, students are introduced to a wide range of issues and registers.

Table of Contents

Level 1 Introduction  Unit 1: Introducing and taking leave Unit 2: Asking for repetition or explanation Unit 3: Conveying opinions  Unit 4: Asking direct and indirect questions  Unit 5: Structuring - expressing logical links  Unit 6: Negotiating - suggesting, persuading, dissuading   Unit 7: Expressing concern and criticism: the interpreter's role.

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Urusla Böser and Hugh Keith lecture in the School of Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


'The authors of this meticulously structured course, spanning three years of university study, make an appealing case for liaison interpreting to supplement and perhaps replace the traditional oral class ... Besides the finely nuanced logistics of teaching the exercise, we are given a profusion of useful tips for practitioners ... Nicely judged, too, are the increasingly sophisticated linguistic points and incidental background knowledge of Germany and the Germans. Exercises are imaginative and challenging ... This is a well thought-out and executed package, its levels of difficulty plausibly graded, its language refreshingly jargon-free and up to date. It could transform oral-language acquisition.'  Fred Bridgham, Times Higher Education Supplement