Review of Alfonso Villaseñor’s Conference Interpretation Workshop

Conference Interpretation, a Workshop presented by Alfonso Villaseñor at Vision for Equality in Philadelphia from September 26-28, 2014, was absolutely superb.

Just like the advertising flyer stated, the requisite skills for simultaneous interpreting were clearly expounded, and the participants had many opportunities to put them into practice under the keen ear of the professor.

The workshop consisted of three full days of practice and learning.  After each lengthy practice, which was recorded by the professor, we listened to each of the participants’ renditions followed by the professor’s specific feedback.

On the last two days we were able to interpret from interpreting booths just like in a real conference setting. It gave us a feel for the work of the conference interpreter and an opportunity to use the equipment.

By way of value added, we were near the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, and thus it was an easy walk for lunch with our colleagues. There was plenty of parking and public transportation was conveniently located.

Without a doubt this was one of the best workshops I have experienced in a while, and I believe this feeling was unanimous among the participants.

Many thanks to our capable professor and our congenial and talented colleagues.

Cecilia Spearing
English<>Spanish Interpreter and Translator
AOPC Certified

Attendees practicing their conference-interpreting skills

Attendees practicing their conference-interpreting skills

Alfonso Villaseñor instructing the attendees of the Conference Interpretation workshop

Alfonso Villaseñor instructing the attendees of the Conference Interpretation workshop