Training of Trainers workshop on Advanced Simultaneous and Simultaneous with text

Prague, February 13-14, 2014

The EMCI’s work program for the academic year 2013-14 included the organization of workshops for less experienced trainers of interpreters on the subject of teaching advanced simultaneous interpreting and simultaneous interpreting with text. The workshops were organised by Charles University Prague, and were co-moderated by Ms. Ildiko Horvath (ELTE), Ms Kate Davies (DG SCIC) and Mr. Roderick Jones (DG SCIC).

Given the interactive nature of the workshops, it was impossible to video-record the event. The powerpoints that guided the workshops are made available for future reference (courtesy of Ms Davies, whom we thank wholeheartedly).

Thursday 13 February, 2014


Opening session.

Presentation of participants and trainers. Presentation of aims, expectations, schedule.


Plenary discussion: what is advanced simultaneous? What makes a speech difficult?

11h00-11h30 Coffe Break

Group work (3 groups): developing a speech of a desired degree of difficulty.


Plenary session: presentation and discussion of speeches.

Lunch Break  

Group discussion (2 groups)

Skills sought in advanced simultaneous students;
typical errors; possible remedies. (room 104 and room 310)

15h30-1600 Coffee Break

Role-plays in groups of advanced simultaneous exercises.


Plenary debriefing on first day


Friday 14 February,



Plenary discussion: What is Simultaneous with Text (SwT)? Why teach it?
Types of meetings/speeches; pros and cons of having a text; skills to be
learned; when and how to teach SwT


Plenary: Preparing the Text. Preparation scenarios

10h30-11h00 Plenary: How to Annotate the Text – Practical Exercises

Coffee break


Working in the booth: Hands-on experience. Coping Strategies using examples of different types of speeches and preparation-times (room 104)

12h30-13h00 Debriefing and conclusions (room 206).



Advanced simultaneous interpreting, Kate Davies
Simultaneous with Text - ‘DO’S AND DON’TS’, Kate Davies