Short courses


Interpreting: Tools, Techniques and Considerations

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (11am to 5pm)


This one-day online course offers an introduction to, and insights into, interpreting equipment, techniques and other considerations facing interpreters, especially in the current remote interpreting setting.

This course is run by CenTraS - Centre for Translation Studies at UCL.

Who this course is for

This professional training course is open to:

  • freelance interpreters
  • undergraduate and postgraduate interpreting students
  • interpreting tutors
  • individuals considering taking on and/or expanding their interpreting career

Course content

The course will begin with an overview of the changing environment in interpreting both for freelancers and interpreting service provision companies.

You'll then learn about and discuss:

  • physical, mental and technical challenges and practical solutions to these
  • equipment and its use
  • how to be prepared and deal with technical difficulties
  • basic negotiation skills
  • how to educate clients about potential needs and preparation requirements, and informing them of what could and should be expected
  • moral dilemmas and ways of resolving them
  • methods of self-evaluation and client feedback
  • price-setting and cancellation policies

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • understand and deal with client requirements
  • efficiently prepare for an interpreting assignment
  • use equipment that will enhance your performance
  • receive and give feedback at the end of an assignment


You'll receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Cost and concessions

The fees are as follows: 

  • UCL students and CenTraS alumni - £65
  • UCL staff, academic visitors, and affiliates - £110
  • Full rate - £145

Book a place

To book your place, please send your completed application form to Emmanouela Patiniotaki at selcs.centras-professional@ucl.ac.uk

Course team

Dr Eleni Markou

Dr Eleni Markou

Eleni is a linguist with over 25 years of experience. She’s a Lecturer in Technical, Medical and Scientific Translation at CenTraS. Eleni has been teaching interpreting at undergraduate and postgraduate level for a number of years and is a visiting lecturer in translation and interpreting for many UK universities.

Outside academia, she’s the coordinator of the ITI interpreters’ network and a member of CIoL’s Interpreting Division Steering Group. Eleni has been working as a translator and interpreter for many clients in businesses, government agencies, TV channels and diplomatic venues. For further information about her work, visit Eleni’s website.

Course information last modified: 18 Apr 2023, 09:50