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On this page you will find a brief introduction to some of the more useful texts published for students of conference interpreting. If you're looking for non-fiction (& fiction) follow the link.

This page is work in progress, so if you have found something you think should be here drop us a line.

"How to" books
Conference Interpreting Explained.

Jones, Roderick. 1998 Routledge. Pages 12-70.

THE book! almost all you’ll ever need to know about how to do this job. Available at Amazon & Routledge

For a review click here!

To read an interview with R.J. click here!

Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator training

Gile, Daniel, 1995, Benjamins.

Quite technical and aimed at teachers. Students will still find the book very useful - particulary the chapters on Fidelity and Language Acquisition.

See an extract on coping strategies for simultaneous here.

Read a review of this book in The International Journal of Interpreter Education

L'interprete dans les conferences internationales

Danica Seleskovitch. 1968, Cahiers Champollion.

This epoch-making book defined the profession at a time when there was almost nothing else in print and Danica Seleskovitch did more than anyone to raise the profile of interpreting.

This book remained the benchmark for 20 years and although the language, the attitude and the style have dated a little, it is still a very worthwhile read.

Available in English as Interpreting for International Conferences: Problems of Language and Communication

Conference Interpreting – Principles and Practice

Taylor-Bouladon, Valerie, Booksurge.

A very interesting, thorough and practical guide. Although aimed at an Australian audience much applies to Europe. Available at Amazon

An extract is on this site at Tips for beginners.

You can also find a review at AIIC's Communicate site.

Author's home page

Conference Interpreting
A Complete Course

Robin Setton and Andrew Dawrant
"This comprehensive coursebook sets out an updated step-by-step programme of training, designed to meet the increasingly challenging conditions of the 21st century, and adaptable by instructors with the appropriate specializations to cover all these different applications in contemporary practice "

Le manuel de l'interprete.

Herbert, J.,1952 Geneve . Georg

Pre-history but still one of few general books about interpreting. Out of print but available in most University llibraries.

Przekład ustny konferencyjny

Małgorzata Tryuk, PWN, 2007
Nowość! Pierwsza, wydaje nam się, taka pozycja na rynku polskim. Szczegóły tu..
tryuk - przeklad

Conference Interpreting - a student's practice book

Andrew Gillies
A compilation of tried and tested practical exercises which hone the sub-skills that make up successful conference interpreting. Includes section on how to organise practice sessions out of class.

Read a review a of this book at InterpretAmerica

Read a review of this book by The Interpreter Diaries

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Read a review of this book at Saving Babel

Read a review of this book at Australian Review of Applied Linguistics


Conference Interpreting - A New Students' Companion

Andrew Gillies, Tertium Cracow, 2004.

An updated version of the 2001 publication containing a whole series of practice exercises for the different skills that go to make up conference interpreting.

Read a review of this book.

Available here

Interpreting: Techniques and Exercises

Nolan, James, 2005, Multilingual Matters.

Put together by senior UN intepreter James Nolan, offers some good strategies for simultaneous interpreting and interesting exercises to practise the same strategies. You will need Fr, En and Es in your combination to use all the examples though. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 are most useful. Don't bother with all the language stuff. Available from Amazon.

Read an extract here!

Read a two reviews here by Lynn Visson & Ingrid Vende

Read a review of this book from the European Commission's interpreting bulletin - SCICnews

Interpreting: From Preparation to Performance. Recipes for practitioners and Teachers

Compiled by Csilla Szabó et al, British Council, Budapest. ISBN963 20 6409 7

A compilation of practice ideas compiled in English in Budapest....delicious.

Available from Csilla Szabó

szabo practice recipes

Théorie et Pratique de l’interprétation

Henri Van Hoof, 1962
A classic and hard to find. But still useful.
van hoof theorie


Becker 1975
Useful and entertainingly written (in German). Pretty impossible to find! Some parts out of date.

Conference Terminology

Herbert, J. Gebethner i Ska, 1991, Warsaw.

(Offers useful conference idiom in En, Fr, De, Sp, Ru, It, and more recently PL.) Handy if a little dated. Hard to find in the shops, but shold be in most University libraries.




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