Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course provides a step-by-step guide to consecutive interpreting. This user-friendly coursebook tackles key skills such as presentation, analysis, note-taking and reformulation, as well as advanced market-related skills such as preparation for assignments, protocol and practical tips for working interpreters. Each chapter provides examples of the skill, as well as a variety of exercises to learn the skill both in isolation and then in combination with other skills.
Including model answers, a glossary of terms and further reading suggestions, this is the essential coursebook for all students of consecutive interpreting as well as for interpreter-trainers looking for innovative ways of teaching consecutive interpreting.
Table of Contents
What is consecutive interpreting?
When is consecutive interpreting used?
Who can be a consecutive interpreter?
Why learn consecutive?
Should we learn consecutive before simultaneous?
How good is good enough?
About this book
How to use this book
3. Consecutive without notes
A word about memory
What you already know
Recognizing and splitting ideas
5. Preparation and practice
Values (more and less important)
What language to note in
7. Noting less
Things in front of you
Obvious in context
Obvious from the structure of the notes
What is reformulation?
How to reformulate
How does consecutive facilitate reformulation?
9. Effort management in consecutive
What is effort?
Preemptive effort management
Notes as an effort management tool
10. Advanced presentation
Differences between interpreting and speaking
Preparing for a real meeting room
Looking at your audience
Notes as stage direction
11. Advanced Analysis
Types of speech
Speech analysis in the media
12. Advanced preparation
Preparing the content
13. Protocol and practicalities
What to do when you arrive on site
During the speech and after
Tips from other authors
14. Digitally-assisted consecutive
Note-taking on a tablet computer
Pros and cons
Appendix 1 Versions of the tasks set
Chapter 2: Presentation
Chapter 3: Memory
Chapter 4: Analysis
Chapter 6: Note-taking
Chapter 11: Advanced analysis
Chapter 12: Advanced preparation
Appendix 2 Memory techniques
The memory palace
Appendix 3 The Example Speeches
5: Martin Harvey
Andrew Gillies trains students, interpreters and interpreter-trainers worldwide on behalf of universities, international institutions and the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). He is the author of several books, including Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting (2017), and also created the Interpreter Training Resources website.
"In this book, Andrew Gillies surveys the knowledge and wisdom of renowned interpreter trainers spanning decades and myriad publications. He then deftly distills it into a single volume on consecutive interpreting. It is straightforward and well organized and will be an excellent reference for teachers and students alike."
Barry Slaughter Olsen, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA
"Andrew Gillies' first book on note-taking was my first encounter with a clear, logical and effective method to teach consecutive! This new publication brings a much more complete view of consecutive plus adds lots of new ideas which will surely make the process even smoother for both trainers and students."
Raquel Schaitza, AIIC Brazil, Brazil
"Expanding on his previous books on note-taking, and based on his experience, Andy Gillies has managed to produce a most comprehensive, detailed and helpful manual on consecutive interpreting. Although the advice and suggestions it contains are best suited to newcomers, seasoned conference interpreters will also find plenty to sink their teeth into."
Andrea Alvisi, Attitude Translations, UK
"This book is useful for both those who are studying interpreting as well as those who are in charge of interpreting education. ... As a guidebook for sequential interpreting based on the experience of sequential interpreting as of 2019, based on many years of experience, this book is very valuable and can be recommended."
Tsuruta Chikako, JAICS, November 2019