This is a question for other interpreter trainers out there:
A standard interpreter training course format will generally have three main modules: memory, consecutive, and simultaneous, in that order. Of course, one will never have fully mastered consecutive technique before simultaneous classes start. But how advanced should students be along the road to learning consecutive before they get into the booth for the first time?
Can (or should) both techniques be taught more or less concurrently, or should students learn one skill set first and then the other?
It's a moot point.
Many interpreting schools, including some of the best in the world, teach consecutive first and then simultaneous, often a year of consec first. And that has been the case for many years. It would appear a good idea to learn the analytical and presentation skills required for consecutive first and then move on to simultaneous but to my knowledge there isn't actually any empirical evidence to suggest that this approach is better than learning both at the same time. Many good interpreters have come out of schools that start simultaneous interpreting at the same time, or very quickly, after the start of the course.
answered 29 Nov '11, 11:19