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Dear students of Faculty of Philosophy,
Department of English Studies and Faculty of Philosophy have the pleasure of offering a one-month course in

Practical Rhetoric to Interpreters

that will be taught by a visiting lecturer from Vilnius University, Lithuania Ms Ingrida Tatolyte.

Important notes:

1. If you are interested in the course, send an email to ingridtato@yahoo.com by Friday 5 th March, 6 pm.
You should then be present at the first class.
The first class will take place on Friday, 5th March 2010, at 19.30 in classroom 48/I at Faculty of Philosophy.
The classes will most probably take place on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of March, at 19.30. More information about the exact dates will be given during the first class.
4. The number of the students who will be admitted to the course is limited. Ms Tatolyte will choose the students who will be admitted to the course after the first class.
5. Please, apply for the course if you are really interested – the attendance at all classes is obligatory and hard work will be required!
The students who finish the course will be given a certificate stating they attended and successfully completed the course.

More information about the course

Course title: Practical Rhetoric to Interpreters

Classroom hours: Total for the course 16h (8 seminars)
Course Instructor: Ingrida Tatoyte, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Language of instruction: English

Objectives and learning outcomes : Development of fluency and speech structure in order to aid students' ability to interpret different types of texts, particularly speeches. Fluency and clarity of speech, well structured speeches, confidence and performance in public.

Course Plan

1. Rhetoric to Interpreters. Introduction. Active Listening, Audience Students become acquainted with the descriptions of rhetoric, the changes of its concept, the requirements of a public speaker, Rhetoric canon, the importance of rhetoric in daily life, and its connection with an interpreter 's job. Essential skills to be obtained from active listening to performance in public. The role of audience and active listening.

2. Rhetorical Techniques. Voice Coaching. Articulation, Intonations, Timbre, Voice Management, Speed of Speech, Breathing, Eye Contact, Posture, Stress Management The training is based on exercises. Students become aware of the importance of their voice management, learn to articulate their speech, choose correct, vivid intonations, and body posture; and they receive some directions on how to overcome the stress of speaking in public.

3. Fluent Speech Development. Retelling exercise, BBC radio exercise, Brief radio news exercise Students receive practice in clarity and fluency of speech; learn to present their opinion. Extracting and expanding of given information.

4. Speech Structuring. Invention and Disposition. Arguments, Argumentation, Lod. Deductive and Inductive Deliberation, Speech Structure, Deliberative Speech. Cliché. Persuasion. Practical Advice Invention and preparation of the speech from the choosing of the topic and learning to recognize inherent problems to adopting the proper strategy of argumentation. Students become acquainted with the types of arguments, ways of argumentation, the pros and cons of particular schemes of speeches, as well as learning how to become suggestive speakers.

5. Giving Speeches in Public. Preparing the speech plan/template. Memorizing This is the final part of the course when each student gives in public an argumentative informative speech he/she has prepared individually in accordance with the training material and advice given. Before this element he/she learns to memorize the speech and prepare the templates if needed. The speech is given in public which could consist of all the students, lecturers, and invited guests. The presentation of speeches is filmed and the video material can be used during subsequent studies. All the participants take part in the discussions on the problems and opinions presented in the students' speeches.

During the course students obtain skills in preparing and giving speeches and gain self-confidence in speaking in public which is a vital component of being an effective interpreter.


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