Date:  30th July – 24th August 2018

Venue:  Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh campus Scotland, UK

Our Applied English and Interpreting course focuses on strengthening linguistic skills, enhancing awareness of British culture and society, as well as practical interpreting skills.

The first week of the course will focus translation, the second week on English language and culture, and the third and fourth weeks on practical interpreting skills.


The course will be taught by expert staff from the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS), which has been offering courses in Translation and Interpreting since 1970 and is one of only four UK university departments that have been granted membership of CIUTI, an international body which brings together universities which specialise in translating and interpreter training.

Our new state of the art digital interpreting labs will be available exclusively for use by students on this course.

Who is this Course for?

  • Applicants interested in improving their cultural and linguistic command of English.
  • Students wanting to further their interpreting or translating training over the summer.
  • Professional translators and interpreters who wish to refresh or develop their English (for instance with a view to adding English as a B language).

Course Content

Week Topic Timetable

Week 1

30 July - 3 August 2018


CAT Tools Medical translation Legal translation Subtitling

Draft timetable - WEEK 1

Week 2

6-10 August 2018

English language and culture

British Culture and society British and Scottish Law English as a foreign language Public Speaking / Conference intervention skills

Draft timetable - WEEK 2

Weeks 3 & 4

13 - 17 August 2018

20 - 24 August 2018

Intensive Interpreting Practice Led by a member of the University teaching staff and supported by audiovisual conference material along with live speeches this workshop will give intensive practice in Simultaneous Conference Interpreting.

There will also be some practice in Consecutive Interpreting, within the framework of press conferences and other media. Texts will relate to topical issues in real conference contexts (with audiovisual conference material) and there will be presentations by invited speakers.

Draft timetable -



How to Apply

Please complete the application form and email the completed form to


30th July - 24th August 2018

As the course will be running in August during the world famous Edinburgh Festivals, you will be able to enjoy the lively atmosphere and the international artistic performances taking place in our beautiful city.


Henry Prais Building (Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


  Standard Fee

Early Bird Rate

(Ends 26th May 2018)

One Week £700 £560
Two Weeks £1350 £1080
Three Weeks £2000 £1600
Four weeks £2550 £2040

This includes a daily tea/coffee break; a Lothian Buses Ridacard for bus travel around Edinburgh; and free access to the European Union Speech Repository for a year.

It is also possible to take the first, second, third or fourth week of the course as a standalone course - please contact for details of this.


For all queries please contact the workshop organiser at