WISE Brussels 2014

WISE Brussels will be held from 7 - 11 July 2014 at Institut Libre Marie Haps, welcoming professional conference interpreters who are seeking to improve their interpreting technique, both in consecutive and simultaneous modes. The language regime for the 2014 session will consist of English, French and Spanish with other languages being added if enough participants with a certain language come forward. Practising retour will also be a key aspect of the workshop, and in a similar way, the retour languages on offer will be determined by participant numbers and combinations.

Detailed information on WISE can be found below, along with an application form.


· The Idea Behind WISE

The workshop is run on a mutually beneficial basis, relying on the goodwill of all participants in giving speeches and constructive feedback to other colleagues.

· Equipment and Booths

Institut Libre Marie Haps will provide an interpreting suite with a number of professional standard booths along with all the necessary technical and audiovisual equipment. Other areas will be set aside for consecutive.

· Price and Registration

Given that feedback and speeches will be given on a mutually beneficial basis among professional colleagues, there will be no paid speechgivers or teachers. Nevertheless, in order to cover the organisation and coordination of the event, there will be a fee of 100 EUR per participant. A proportion of this fee will be set aside for covering any costs which may be incurred in the case of equipment being damaged.

Participants are required to pay a part of this fee (50 EUR) in advance by bank transfer as a deposit in order to secure their place. The deposit cannot be returned upon cancellation given that a cancellation by one participant can cause significant changes to the timetable, which is tailored to the participants and their language combinations. The remainder of the fee will then be payable shortly before the session itself.

· Accommodation, food and transport

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, food and transport.

· Structure of the seminar

The WISE timetable is tailored to participant combinations, meaning that practice time will vary in accordance with the number of B and C languages each participant has. Nevertheless, the aim is for all participants to benefit from similar practice periods each. For those with fewer languages, options will be sought to bring the number of practice hours in line with the rest of the group.

Each practice session will consist of two groups – consecutive and simultaneous – determined by language combinations and the number of participants. Both groups will work at the same time in parallel in two different rooms. Where possible time will be equally divided between each language pair over the course of the week. Consecutive and simultaneous will be practiced by all interpreters to a roughly equal degree.

Sessions will start at 09.00 and will finish at 18.30 with breaks throughout the day.

Each participant will have to prepare 4 to 6 speeches in their mother tongue; two or three for simultaneous and two or three for consecutive.

· WISE Brussels as preparation for institutional accreditation tests

WISE sessions broadly mimic a lesson format and style common to many MA courses. Naturally, this will mean that the content and focus of the sessions will be well-suited to preparing for an institutional test. Nevertheless, given that the content of the sessions is mainly to be determined by the participants themselves, the interpreters taking part will be able to tailor the seminar to the overall needs of the group. Specific sessions on certain topics or for certain institutional tests may be organised depending on demand and on the will of the majority of participants.

· WISE Brussels as preparation for the private market

The skills developed at WISE are equally applicable to interpreting both at large institutions and on the private market, with each participant prioritising their own professional needs. For those who intend to work solely on the private market, WISE may represent a good opportunity to work on one's retour or B language, a prized asset in non-institutional settings. The retour languages on offer will depend on the combinations of participants.

· How will WISE help me to progress in my career?

Although WISE vaguely models its session format on what might be found on an MA course, it is not a recognised qualification in any way and has no official links with the EMCI, EU or other institutions. Sessions will be led to a large degree by WISE participants themselves, meaning that the organisers can make no explicit claims about the quality of teaching. Participants should see WISE as an opportunity to practice, not as a means of gaining a qualification. It is in essence a practical workshop and has not been designed as a training course for a specific professional aim.

If you are interested in taking part in WISE Brussels, fill in the form below. We will get back to you before May 1.

Many thanks,

Joe Burbidge and Jose Sentamans
WISE Interpreting Workshop Coordinators


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