Course Content

The CCIC will always ensure that there are never more than 2.5 students per teacher.

The Course is centred on teaching simultaneous interpretation from an array of general and technical speeches delivered by video, specialist guest speakers and members of the teaching faculty.

Our training methodology involves a progressive and reasoned gradation in the difficulty and content of spoken interventions. Students will spend in total about 5 hours a day working in two-person ISO booths.

Extensive training, practice, and coaching in professional simultaneous interpretation techniques

Systematic, immediate individual assessment of participants’ performance

Grouped feedback in plenary mode to refine topical approaches and strategies

Training in technical interpretation, with preparation and evaluation of relevant vocabulary, approaches and techniques

Off-line analysis and self-critique using recordings of speaker and student

Instruction in formal international conference terminology and practice

High-level ‘live’ meetings to replicate true conference conditions

Relay interpretation as both provider and recipient

Language-specific modules to develop detailed linguistic strategies

State-of-the-art ISO-standard Brähler interpreting booths and equipment

Daily specialised additional training workshops covering, inter alia, on-sight translation, “chuchotage,” “B” language strategies, working from and preparing texts, booth & stress management, marketing & negotiation, AIIC, International Institutions, & interpreting approaches to Shakespeare, the Bible, and Latin

Language-independent cognitive and analytical skills group training exercises

Specific training and practice sessions in consecutive interpretation

Practical real-life exercises involving “chuchotage” interpretation

All Course languages are represented among plenary speeches; approximately 30% of speeches are delivered in English. The remaining speeches are split pro rata the number of enrolled students in each language.

Speeches in plenary and most extra-curricular modules will be recorded digitally so that students may make copies for further practice. Students are advised to bring with them a personal recorder to record their own performance in the booth.

2024 Info at a Glance…

2024 session dates

4 – 17 August 2024

Working languages for this session

English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian.

Course Venue

Hilton Cambridge City Centre
Downing St,
Cambridge CB2 3DT,
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Biactive Young Interpreter Places

There are two student places available for young interpreters with a FR<>EN biactive profile.
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2025 session dates

3 – 15 August 2025