Thursday, May 15, 2008

Singapore to Certify Interpreters

The Singapore Institute of Management University will be launching its first national certification for interpreters. Previously, there has been no professional body in Singapore to certify interpreters and translators.

The head of the program, Susan Xu, offers the following reminder:
"There is a misconception that being bilingual means you can also be an interpreter ... there is a lot of room for improvement in the standard of interpretation in Singapore."
Students will be required to pass three separate modules: Dialogue interpretation, conference interpretation and sight translation. So far, certification is offered in Chinese<>English.

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