2023-2024 / TRAD0175-1

Introduction to interpretation and note-taking


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in translation and interpretation5 crédits 


Bénédicte Klinkenberg, Muriel Mercier, Valéria Nagy

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

(1) Presentation of the profession of conference interpreter, the different types of interpreting techniques and the general competences required and practical exercises. (2) Introduction to the consecutive interpretation technique and more specifically to note taking. This part of the course will begin by focusing on public speaking, discourse analysis and memory exercises. After the presentation of recommendations for note taking for consecutive interpreting, students will start developing their own technique before rendering consecutively simple oral interventions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students will have gained basic knowledge and practice regarding the content of the course (see above). They will have a command of essential public speaking skills, be able to identify the main and secondary ideas in a speech in French, be able to do a consecutive interpretation of a very short and simple speech in French into French, using rewording and synonymy, as well as simple consecutive interpretation from their 2 foreign languages into French. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical course with some theory. Course given by the trainer.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Intensive face-to-face course during Q2

Recommended or required readings

News of the last few months.

Final exam consisting of: - Two consecutive interpretings of a very short speech from the foreign languages into French.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students will have at least one notebook (squared or blank shorthand notebook type), rough paper, pens.





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