Interpreting and Linguistic Accessibility

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Interpreting and Linguistic Accessibility (Bachelor’s Degree)

Degree title: Interpreter (Bachelor’s Degree)
Extent of education: 240 ECTS
Planned duration: 4 years
Language of instruction: Finnish
The education starts: 1.9.2021

Interpreter (Bachelor’s Degree), Sign Language Interpreting, full-time implementation, Helsinki.

Graduates are sign language, interpreting and translation experts who can act as interpreters for deaf people of different ages who use sign language. Advanced studies and elective studies offer the opportunity to become a qualified interpreter for the deaf-blind and for print interpreting.

Interpreter (Bachelor’s Degree), Interpreting and AAC Interpreting and Instruction, Multimodal Implementation, Kuopio.

Graduates are experts in interpreting and guidance who can act as interpreters for speech-impaired clients. Strong pedagogical competence and interaction expertise form the basis for AAC Interpreting, counselling and coaching tasks for clients of different ages. Advanced studies and elective studies offer the opportunity to qualify as an interpreter for other client groups and other expert positions.

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Interpreting as a Profession

An interpreting degree provides an opportunity to work in various expert positions related to sign language and communication.

  • The interpreter has good Finnish and Finnish Sign Language skills as well as interpreting skills.
  • The interpreter masters the means of interaction.
  • The interpreter is able to work flexibly and professionally in interaction with different clients in various work environments.
  • Interpreting requires the ability to adapt quickly to different situations.
  • An interpreter’s skills include the ability to understand people and situations.
  • In addition to language and interpreting skills, a good memory, cultural, ethical and social competence is required of an interpreter.

The Need for Interpreters

The basis of the interpreting service is found in laws that guarantee interpreting rights for the hearing impaired and speech impaired, so they can participate in society.

Bachelor’s degree interpreter clients can be, for example, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind.

The Work of an Interpreter

Interpreting experts work with the following job titles:

  • sign language interpreter, interpreter
  • translator
  • business interpreter
  • study interpreter
  • interpreter
  • entrepreneur in the field of interpretation
  • In addition, graduates can work in other positions in the field of interpreting, e.g.
  • as teachers of sign communication in various educational institutions, courses or families using them, where, for example, signs are needed to support the
  • as personal assistants