The course aims at introducing students to the practice of interpreting, and providing them with certain basic skills that are necessary for the interpreter. The first part of the course will focus on an overview of the profession and a presentation of the interpreter’s role. The course will also cover the linguistic, cultural, situational and professional tasks of interpreting, as well as the processes and skills required for interpreting. These skills will be acquired and strengthened through memory exercises, sight translation, note-taking techniques, summary exercises, etc. Students will work in small groups with original texts presented in international, national or local conferences, news bulletins, press releases, and texts specially prepared by students for class use on different thematic areas. Attendance is mandatory. Assessment: Class assignments.