Simultaneous Interpretation Program (Mandarin Chinese/English)

Are you a trained or experienced interpreter ready to upgrade your skills? Have you ever wondered what it takes to orally translate at the same rate of speech as the speaker, fully and accurately? Consider moving your career forward with professional training in the in-demand field of simultaneous interpretation.

What is simultaneous interpreting?

Simultaneous interpreting (SI) is one of the most challenging interpreting skills to learn and master. It requires the ability to listen to a message delivered in one language, while interpreting those words into another language after only a few seconds’ delay. Performed well, it enables real-time and interactive communication between individuals or groups who may not understand one another’s language. This demanding, highly skilled service is often needed at large meetings and conferences, international events and in legal settings.

Who is this course for?

This practical program is designed for Mandarin Chinese/English bilinguals who have successfully completed an interpreter-training program (which at minimum addressed interpretation fundamentals) and/or have work experience in interpreting.

Applicants who are not SFU Interpretation and Translation Program graduates must pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted to the course. The exam consists of sight translation and consecutive interpreting tasks in both directions.

What will I learn?

SFU’s Simultaneous Interpretation Program will train and prepare you to become a skilled practitioner of simultaneous interpreting between Mandarin Chinese and English. Our training covers basic skills and commonly used strategies and techniques, along with hands-on practice, and lessons in cultural nuances and general knowledge. 

Our instructor, who has extensive experience in both the classroom and the industry, will guide you through the world of professional simultaneous interpreting step by step. Through this course you will:

  • Gain an introduction to and overview of the practice of simultaneous interpreting (SI)
  • Improve and develop verbal fluency, speed, diction, information load and terminology
  • Prepare and practise for various SI assignments
  • Learn commonly used SI knowledge, protocol and etiquette in various settings
  • Develop, perform, identify and demonstrate competency via real-life SI practices
You will complete this part-time program in just two months. SFU offers the Simultaneous Interpretation Program every July. Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Date/time Instructor(s)
Cost Application
SFU Vancouver 17 We will offer the next program from July 3–August 28, 2018. Registration will open once the schedule is finalized. Adam Haiou Tan $2,550 plus application fee Contact us for more info.

How will I learn?

Your training will include 50 hours of in-class instruction and practice and 50 hours of evaluated after-class practice. You’ll be assigned after-class skill-building exercises or simulated SI tasks after each face-to-face session. Your recorded assignments will then be submitted online and closely monitored by the instructor, who will offer feedback in the following in-class session. You’ll also be required to practise on your own outside of class through SFU’s online learning management system (Canvas) for at least 150 hours. 

How will I be evaluated?

Evaluation is ongoing throughout the program. You will be evaluated according to university standards on a combination of assignments, quizzes, in-class and online performance and participation, and examinations. The final exam will be in the style of the CTTIC (Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council) certification exam. You must obtain a minimum of 70 per cent on the final grade and miss no more than 10 per cent of classroom instruction time to successfully complete this course.


Tuition for the Simultaneous Interpretation Program is $2,550 (non-refundable), plus an application fee of $75. 


The Simultaneous Interpretation Program takes place at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus.

Simon Fraser University - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3  Canada

Tel: +1-778-782-8000

Fax: +1-778-782-7756


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