English enhancement for conference interpreters

Dates: Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 July (three days) and/or Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 August (three days)

Class times: Early morning: 8:00 – 10:00 CET or Mid-morning:  11:00 – 13:00 CET or Evening: 18:00 – 20:00 CET

Contact hours: total 6 hours (2 hours per day)

Group size: 4

Delivery mode: online (Zoom)

If you have a group and wish to request a bespoke class, please contact me.

Details here.

Enhance your English B in small groups of four in this online CPD course for professional interpreters.

About the course

English enhancement for conference interpreters is a three-day course designed by and for professional conference interpreters wishing to brush up their English B. In this course, you will work in small groups of four with only one trainer (Lucy Findlay).

The course will provide 6 hours of online intensive English language practice over three days. You will be given the opportunity to interact with your colleagues and the trainer and will receive feedback on your English from the trainer.

Topics and exercises

Each day will have a specific topic that will be the basis for the English exercises. The two-hour session will include:

– a warm-up exercise
– a group discussion in which we explore topics of international interest
– a short off-the-cuff speech-making exercise
– short English to English consecutive exercise (you will not receive feedback on your consecutive skills, but on your English. Consecutive mode is used solely as a means to work on enhancing your English).

You will work in small groups of no more than 4 participants. 15-30 minutes reading/watching preparation will be required for each of the sessions, so expect to spend some time on coursework outside of the online sessions.

Who is this course designed for?

You may be a recent graduate looking for ways to keep your skills fresh or perhaps a working interpreter wanting to dust off rusty skills or add active English to your combination. Whatever your motivation is, this course can help you meet your professional development goals.

To ensure all participants get the most out of the course, you will ideally have the following profile:

– You are a professional conference interpreter. This is usually defined as having either a degree in Conference Interpreting or equivalent professional experience (calculated as five years of experience or roughly 100 days of work). 

– You speak English at an intermediate to advanced level and may already be providing interpretation into English (English should be a B or C language in your combination). 

– You can take notes from a speech lasting up to four minutes for interpretation in consecutive mode.

– You are comfortable receiving feedback from the trainer within a supportive learning environment.

– You have reliable Internet access and a headset that you can use when participating in online sessions.


“I attended English for Diplomacy as part of my foreign studies and it has definitely enriched my understanding of international politics. Lucy inspired us to think critically, fostering our communication skills and enabling us to autonomously recognize the subtleties of foreign relations. I recommend this course to everyone who is looking to deepen their knowledge on a variety of political themes through the lens of diplomacy.” 

Wiktoria Nowogrodzka, student of Language, Culture and Translation, 2020, University of Mainz


Sign up for the course here.

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