The importance of diction and accent in oral interpreting

Formats: Webinar presentations
Topics: Getting established in the translation industry
Interpreting
Business of Translation and Interpreting

Course summary
Start time:Feb 12, 2015 13:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Language:English
Summary:This webinar has been designed as an in-depth training course providing practical instructions how to work on diction and accent. The clearly outlined set of exercises and activities should help you identify the problem areas related to specific characteristics of your speech, such as articulation and clarity and help you improve the two most important aspects of speech providing clear and understandable speech - diction and accent. This webinar will provide some basic exercises that will help you acquire close-to-perfect diction and a neutral accent in English.
Description
What are accent and diction?

Accent stands for the way of pronouncing the words of a language showing which country, area or social class a person comes from. Accent may even be a tool of identification. An interpreter’s accent should be neutral.

Diction stands for the quality of the particular way of pronouncing words. In other words, the more clearly and expressively we speak, the better the quality of our speech.

Why is it important to know what accent and diction are?

Have you ever read a report or a speech and noticed that you barely opened your mouth?
Or did you mumble?
Did your audience complain about having to work hard to understand what you said?

If the answer is Yes!, this should be the right course for you.
Target audience
Freelancers starting in the interpreting industry.
Established interpreters who want to improve their diction and accent.
Teachers of English and instructors in the area of oral interpreting.
Public speakers, announcers, PRs, etc.
Learning objectives
1. Neutral accent
2. Clear pronunciation and perfect diction
3. Understandable speech
4. Increased personal confidence
5. Better prospects at work
Prerequisites
- Working knowledge of English
- A computer and headphones
- A notepad and a pencil.
Program
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This webinar follows a clearly outlined procedure showing you how to:

1. Clearly pronounce both consonants and vowels.
- Exercises will help you work on the proper articulation of English phonemes.

2. Avoid slurring phonemes.
- Exercises showing you where to pause, how to breathe and how to recognize tone groups.

3. Add proper intonation and special effects to your speech.
- Exercises showing you how to spice up your speech to give it a natural flow.

4. Learn how to produce smooth speech, yet casual enough so as not to sound artificial.
- Exercises rounding up the separate steps in the webinar showing you how to deliver clearly understandable speech and following a natural pace based on proper articulation, a neutral accent and clear diction.


Software and system requirements (click to expand)
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Virtual platform system requirements

For PC-based Users:

• Required: Windows® 8, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
• Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Recommended: Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)

For Mac®-based Users:

• Required: OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
• Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Required: Intel processor (1GB of RAM or better recommended)

To Use VoIP (microphone and speakers or headset):

• Required: Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
• Required: speakers or headset (USB headset recommended)
• NOT required: Microphone - attendees can communicate with the trainer through incorporated chat.

Recommendations

• For the visual section of the training course, we recommend that you have a 64kbps link. This means using an ISDN line or Broadband. Wireless connection is NOT recommended.
• For the audio section of the training course, we recommend that you have a headset or speakers.
• We recommend that you log in 30 minutes in advance of the start time to prepare for the training course.

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Trainer
 Jasmina Djordjevic    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Jasmina is an Assistant Professor with a PhD in Applied Linguistics (English Language) and an appointed and sworn translator, native in German and Serbian as well as close-to-native in English. She has taught Legal English, Translation Techniques, Consecutive Translation, Culture in Business Communication at the BA level and Intercultural Communication and Translation as well as Consecutive and Conference Interpreting at the MA level. Parallel to her academic career, she has been developing her translator and interpreter career for the last 23 years. Now she is trying to contribute to the profession by coaching students to become good translators, interpreters or teachers. She has written many articles and a few books, two of the most important ones being “Translation in Practice – Written and Consecutive” and "Scientific, Professional and Official Translation", which consists of two volumes, one is a theoretical overview and the other is a workbook. Her primary objective is to offer valid and tested teaching/ learning techniques for students training to be translators and interpreters. Jasmina's extensive and elaborate academic and professional record shows highly developed standards needed in the translation and interpreting business.
Comments about this course

The importance of diction and accent in oral interpreting

Chien Nguyen Identity Verified
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I wish I can attendDec 10, 2014

Hope to spare a time to attend this course.

 

Mohammad Karkoura Identity Verified
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The importance of diction and accent in oral interpretingDec 22, 2014

Very interesting and useful course. I will try my best to attend it

 

Coral Getino Identity Verified
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Certificate of attendanceDec 30, 2014

Could I get a certificate of attendance? It is for CEU purposes.

 
Certificate of attendanceFeb 3, 2015

Coral Getino wrote:

Could I get a certificate of attendance? It is for CEU purposes.


Hello Coral,

I am sorry for the belated reply.

A ProZ.com attendance certificate in PDF format, http://www.proz.com/images/t_large_certificate.gif It will be available for download at http://www.proz.com/profile/?show_mode=standard#trainings Hope this helps.

My bests,
Helen


 
The importance of diction and accent in oral interpretingFeb 3, 2015

Mohammad Karkou wrote:

Very interesting and useful course. I will try my best to attend it


Hello Mohammad and Chien,

Thank you for your interest in the training. Your purchase includes:

* access to the online session with a Q&A portion,
* unlimited access to video recording (available within one working week after the session),
* a certificate of attendance available for download from your ProZ.com profile.

Even if you do not attend the online session you will still have unlimited access to the video recording and training materials within one working week after the course.

Take care.

Helen


 

anna purna Identity Verified
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Could you just clarify a point please?Feb 6, 2015

Sorry to be a bit thick, but does:

"Even if you do not attend the online session you will still have unlimited access to the video recording and training materials within one working week after the session"

mean that the sessions will be available for an unlimited time (to those who have subscribed) starting from Feb 19th (at the latest) ?


 
Could you just clarify a point please?Feb 6, 2015

anna purna wrote:

Sorry to be a bit thick, but does:

"Even if you do not attend the online session you will still have unlimited access to the video recording and training materials within one working week after the session"

mean that the sessions will be available for an unlimited time (to those who have subscribed) starting from Feb 19th (at the latest) ?


Hi Anna,

The webinar will be recorded, therefore if you pay for the session and do not attend it, you will still have unlimited access to the video and the presentation used on the session. A certificate of attendance will still be issued for you. You can watch the video as many times as needed and when it is needed. You will be able to send your questions to the trainer if there are any.

Hope this helps.

My bests,
Helen


 

Ganna Gudkova Identity Verified
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Webinar length proof for CEUMar 20

The NBCMI needs a proof of duration, such as a letter or email to me from the
presenting organization, which states how long the trainings lasted. I need it for Part 2 of the webinar as well from 5/28/15. My email is info@gudkovavba.com
Please send it to me.
Thank you.


 
Webinar length proof for CEUMar 21

Ganna Gudkova wrote:

The NBCMI needs a proof of duration, such as a letter or email to me from the
presenting organization, which states how long the trainings lasted. I need it for Part 2 of the webinar as well from 5/28/15. My email is info@gudkovavba.com
Please send it to me.
Thank you.


Hello Ganna,

The certificates have been updated and can be located at https://www.proz.com/profile/?show_mode=standard#trainings
Should you have further questions, please submit a support request at https://www.proz.com/support

Hope this helps.

My bests,
Helen


 

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