The Talking Manual was developed to provide students with an opportunity to take a simulated oral interpreting exam and to study examples of acceptable and unacceptable renditions of English and Spanish simultaneous and consecutive interpretations and sight translations. It is a simulation of the Federal Court interpreter Certification Oral Exam. The scripts and subject matter are adapted from authentic test items, and the word count and time limit reflect the Federal oral testing experience.
The Talking Manual includes two sets of sound files: the first allows the user to simulate the exam under authentic testing conditions. The second contains example renditions which were rated acceptable and unacceptable by actual exam raters. The set also includes printed materials with examples of renditions, as well as tips for preparing for the exam.
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