Training of Trainers workshop on Final Exams in Conference Interpreting, Accreditation Inter-institutional Tests and Stress Management

Prague, February 12-13, 2015

The EMCI’s work program for the academic year 2014-15 included the organization of workshops for less experienced trainers of interpreters on the subject of final exams in conference interpreting, accreditation inter-institutional tests and stress management. The workshops were organised by Charles University Prague, and were co-moderated by Ms. Ildiko Horvath (ELTE), Ms Alison Graves (DG INTE) 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 the moderators, whom we thank wholeheartedly).

In preparation for the workshop, participants were asked to fill in and return a questionnaire on final examinations.

Thursday 12 February, 2015


Opening session.

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


Plenary session . Discussion of quetionnaire results.

11h00-11h30 Coffe Break

Plenary discussion: in final exams, what do we want to test?

Group work: 3 groups - Jury, Speeches, Assessment


Plenary session: presentationof the groups' conclusions and discussion.

Lunch Break  

Plenary discussion: how to take a final decision? Do we give feedback to candidates?

Group work: 2 groups - preparation of the role plays


15h30-1600 Coffee Break

Role-plays in 2 groups: simulation of final exams in conference interpreting.
1 consecutive and 1 simultaneous speech with interpretation FR-EN


Plenary debriefing on first day


Friday 13 February, 2015


Plenary session: Stress Management in Exam Situation

10h30-11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h45 Accreditation inter-institutional tests: explanation and discussion

Plenary debriefing and conclusions