90654 - Introduction To Dialogical Interpretation Between English And Italian (First Language) (CL1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student is aware of the challenges of dialogical interpretation and is able to use basic strategies in informal communicative events.

Course contents

The module is divided into three classes. Each class will work on the same topics and will use the same materials.

This module will address the basics of dialogical interpretation with a specific focus on interactional, linguistic, lexical and mnemonic competences in interactions that simulate real-life occurrences in situations and contexts related to tourism (restaurant, travel agency, food, tour operators) and interviews to important figures in the world of business and fashion.

The module also comprises a theoretical introduction to the practice of linguistic mediation, ethical issues, work opportunities in this sector, and stress management, as well as addressing other aspects of intercultural communication related to verbal and non-verbal communication and registers.

Attendance of the "lettorato" classes is mandatory.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the scientific activities and events organized by the Department of Interpreting and Translation and, particularly, the conferences and seminars organized within the various Research laboratories and which are related to the topics addressed by the module .


All readings and course materials will be uploaded on VIRTUALE.  

Teaching methods

Students are encouraged to participate actively and critically in all the activities. Attendance is mandatory for at least 70% of all lessons.

The Dialogical Interpretation module will rely on two main teaching methods. The first one is aimed at identifying potential problems and issues linked to the role and activity of linguistic and cultural mediators. Each topic will be introduced by highlighting the various ethical and interactional aspects of linguistic mediation practices in the contexts taken into consideration (non verbal communication, code of ethics, stages and management of linguistically mediated events). The exercises used in this first part include rephrasing from Italian into Italian, English into English, sight translation from and into English; exercises based on various materials related to cultural aspects of English-speaking countries and vocabulary related to specific topics (as described below). The exercises used for the second teaching method comprise simulations of interpreter-mediated exchanges between English native speakers and Italian native speakers in daily contexts (at the airport, at the restaurant, etc.), sight translation, ), exercises for memory-skill and lexical development.

Assessment methods

In order to assess the acquired and expected knowledge and competence of dialogical interpretation techniques, the final exam of this module will consist of a roleplay of a simulated mediation and sight translation into and from English. Throughout the module and during lessons the acquisition of lexical and theoretical acquisition will be assessed.

The final mark for the course English Language and Dialogue Interpreting I will be defined by the mark obtained from the first module (English Language and Culture, which will constitute 50% of the final mark) and the mark obtained from this second module (which will count for the remaining 50%).


30-30L: Excellent level. The candidate displays a strong command of dialogical interpretation techniques and appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills in both English and Italian.

27-29: Above average level. The candidate makes only minor errors, and shows a solid command of the required skills and competences.

24–26: Generally sound level. The candidate makes few mistakes, but finds alternative, correct ways of expressing information and thus displays a reasonable command of the required skills and competences.

21-23: Adequate level. The candidate makes several mistakes and displays only an adequate command of the required skills and competences.

18–20: Minim. level. The candidate only meets the minimum level required and shows a minimal command of the required skills and competences.

< 18 Fail: The candidate does not meet the required standard and shows a wholly inadequate command of the required skills and competences.

Teaching tools

Unit-specific glossaries. Online and multimedia resources, PowerPoint presentations.
Exercises and all the materials used in class, as well as extra material for autonomous work, will be published on VIRTUALE.

Office hours

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