Leeds are breaking into new ground, with the
opening of a state-of-the-art interpreting
suite to support masters courses in interpreting
Director of the
MA in interpreting, Dr Svetlana Carsten said:
"Theres a crisis in international
language services at the moment, due to a
lack of quality linguists with English mother
tongue who can act as interpreters and translators.
This has an impact on business, and in bodies
like the United Nations."
to change the state and status of modern languages
in our schools, to offset the current decline
and ensure that enough linguists are coming
through the system to benefit from new facilities
such as these."
the language crisis - Svetlana Carsten in
the new interpreting suite
Language students are helping to promote the
study of languages at university level through
volunteer work in schools throughout Leeds.
School language heads have been invited to
the official opening on June 20 by MEP for
Yorkshire and Humber, David Bowe.
Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Wilson will also
address the guests, who include chief of the
United Nations interpretation service Omar
Abou-Zahr, head of the English interpreting
unit at the European Commission Terence Clough
and representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, UNESCO, the MODs defence language
service, the European Parliament and the Insitute
of translating and interpreting.
Demand for the new masters courses are high,
but at least half the applicants are overseas
students. The school is starting new masters
courses in the autumn in screen translation
and interpreting for British sign language.
A second interpreting suite is already planned
to cope with the high level of interest.