1st Edition

Consecutive Interpreting A Short Course

By Andrew Gillies Copyright 2019
    270 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    Part I 


    1. Introduction 

    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 


    2. Presentation 






    3. Consecutive without notes 

    A word about memory 


    What you already know 

    Narrative prompts 

    Visual prompts 

    Structural prompts 

    Logical prompts 



    Skills combining 

    4. Analysis 

    Structural breakdown 

    Mind maps 



    Section diagrams 

    Logical analysis 

    Recognizing and splitting ideas 


    Skills combining


    5. Preparation and practice 


    Exam preparation 



    6. Note-taking 







    Values (more and less important) 

    What language to note in 

    Skills combining


    7. Noting less 

    Memory prompts 

    Things in front of you 

    Obvious in context 

    Obvious from the structure of the notes 


    8. Reformulation 

    What is reformulation? 

    Why reformulate? 

    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  


    Part II 

    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 

    Structure maps 


    Rhetorical devices 


    12. Advanced preparation 


    The situation 

    Preparing the content 


    13. Protocol and practicalities 

    Dress code 

    Interpreting equipment 

    Survival equipment 

    What to do when you arrive on site 

    During the speech and after 

    Tips from other authors 


    14. Digitally-assisted consecutive 

    Simultaneous consecutive 

    Note-taking on a tablet computer 

    Real-time transcription 

    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 

    Visual linking 


    Appendix 3 The Example Speeches 

    1: Javid 

    2: Jobs 

    3: Lumumba 

    4: Ralston 

    5: Martin Harvey 

    6: Bishop 

    7: Sinofsky 

    8: Homden 

    9: Gonzales 

    10: Bett 

    11: Kyles 

    12: Obama 

    13: Asani 

    14: Barker 

    15: Haley 

    16: Romecki 

    17: Baird 






    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