An introduction to interlingual respeaking into English

4, 5, 8, 11 & 12 August 2022 ITI online short course
  • Thursday 4 August
  • Friday 5 August
  • Monday 8 August
  • Thursday 11 August
  • Friday 12 August

Sessions will run from 10am - 12pm BST  Limited number of places

Learn the fundamentals of respeaking - what it is and the techniques involved.

This course will provide a thorough grounding in the subject so you can offer this specialism as part of your service.

What is respeaking?

Respeaking is one of a number of techniques for creating live subtitles, which make the content of television programmes, events, meetings (and many more activities) accessible to a wider audience. Rather than being an automated process, the respeaker uses speech recognition software (SR) to produce the subtitles in real-time. They listen to what is said and repeat this content, while adapting their voice so that their delivery is suited to the SR software and while voicing in punctuation. At the same time, the respeaker monitors their output and makes live corrections when needed. Respeaking can be done intralingually and interlingually and many of the skills needed for respeaking overlap with those used in interpreting and subtitling. 

If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, join Dr Zoe Moores for this course in August.

During the course you will:

  • Learn how to use the speech recognition software Dragon Professional Individual v15 (we’ll supply a licence for you to use for the duration of the course, and for two weeks afterwards)
  • Practice dictation techniques needed to work effectively with Dragon
  • Begin to respeak intralingually and interlingually
  • Learn some techniques for live correction
  • Gain an understanding of the theory behind intralingual and interlingual respeaking to complement and deepen your practice

After completing the course, you should have a good understanding of whether this is an area you would like to work in further professionally, and you will have the techniques to continue developing this practice yourself.

Course requirements

  • This course is for respeaking into English – you can choose which language you work from, but to benefit most from this course, you should have a very good working level of English. You will need to be able to dictate and then respeak, often at speed, into speech recognition software.
  • You’ll need to instal Dragon Professional onto a PC* before the first session and you’ll need to have access to this PC during the sessions and for some activities between sessions. You will also need a headset**.
  • For the final three sessions, you will need to source some online videos in the language you are working from. You’ll be given information about what you need.
  • You’ll have access to Dragon for two weeks after the course, in case you wish to practice further, but you’ll need to make sure it’s uninstalled on/by Monday August 29th.

Practicalities

  • 5 x 2-hour online sessions (10-12am, August 4th, 5th, 8th, 11th, 12th. Recordings will also be made available in case you are unable to attend any sessions)
  • There will be opportunities for feedback in small group sessions during the course and you can also contact the course leader during the course with any queries.

* Nuance recommend the following specifications for installing Dragon onto your PC:

For Dragon Professional Individual

RAM: 2GB to 4GB RAM
CPU: Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor. Faster processors yield faster performance
Free hard disk space: 8GB
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (32- and 64-bit); Windows Server 2008 R2 & 2012 R2
Internet Explorer 11 or higher or the current version of Chrome or Firefox
A sound card supporting 16-bit recording
Built-in microphone or a Nuance-approved microphone.
An Internet connection for product download, automatic product activation (a quick anonymous process) and access to Online Help

** In case you need one, this is an example of a basic headset that works well with Dragon – Logitech H340 Wired Headset

Image Credit: Kate Dangerfield & ILSA Project

ITI members: £150 + VAT

Non-members: £210 + VAT

All the sessions will be recorded so attendees can listen back afterwards.