Freshen up your interpreting this summer

Are you an interpreting student who wants to add an edge to your skills? Are you looking for an introduction to the kinds of interpreting used in today’s market? Do you want to improve your English? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Heriot-Watt has the right course for you.

This summer Heriot-Watt is offering an Intensive Interpreting Course. This course will focus on the understanding and the use of English while allowing you to develop interpreting techniques covering as consecutive interpreting, chuchotage and the use of the infoport system (portable equipment including a microphone for the interpreter and receivers for clients).

Sometimes, even though we have good training in interpreting we don’t always know what to expect from the market. This is why the Intensive Interpreting Course is focused on core market requirements and will enable you to hone some specific techniques used in interpreting.

Don’t worry, it won’t be all theory and no play! A large part of the course will be dedicated to the practical side of interpreting. You will be able to refresh your note-taking, understand how chuchotage interpreting works and how to use an infoport system.

And that’s not all. If you want to enjoy the life of Edinburgh during the festival and work on your interpreting skills at the same time, this is your answer. The course will take place from 13th to 24th August, and not only will you be able to discover the Scottish way of life in your spare time but it will also be part of the course. In fact, the techniques you will have learned during the classes will be put into practice during practice field trips.

So, if you want to learn a little bit more about Scottish history and culture while you improve your interpreting, this is the course for you. A number of cultural visits will be organised, including (subject to changes): the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden, the Book Festival, the Scottish Parliament and Glenkinchie distillery. Needless to say, we won’t miss the opportunity to have you interpret during these trips. They will be the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the infoport skills you have learned in the classroom.

So, if you are free in August and you are interested in interpreting, this is the course for you! Come discover Scotland and work on your English and interpreting skills at the same time.

If you want to know more about this course, visit the course Facebook page: or send an email to Mathilde Postel.

Author: Mathilde Postel