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Rock your Retour

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What is included in my Rock your Retour All-inclusive membership?

  • a weekly live class, in which I will give personal feedback to some of the participants on their work into English
  • a weekly English in Depth sheet, looking at terminology, idioms or syntax
  • a weekly guided exercise or speech + suggestions on how to approach it
  • occasional written exercises
  • membership of a closed Facebook group to allow you to connect with fellow English retourists – perhaps you can schedule practice sessions? You can certainly ask questions.
  • email access to me during office hours on Tuesdays and Fridays (1000-1200 London Time)
  • a host of little bonuses, including tips about what’s hot in the news, cultural references, motivation and more!

What is included in my Rock your Retour Flex membership?

  • a weekly English in Depth sheet, looking at terminology, idioms or syntax, available on the members’ site
  • a weekly guided exercise or speech + suggestions on how to approach it, available on the members’ site
  • occasional written exercises
  • membership of a closed Facebook group to allow you to connect with fellow English retourists – perhaps you can schedule practice sessions? You can certainly ask questions.
  • a host of little bonuses, including tips about what’s hot in the news, cultural references, motivation and more!
  • you will receive weekly invitations to live classes, which you can pay for separately (€15).
  • a dedicated page on the members’ site will allow you to book occasional coaching calls or feedback on audio files (this is entirely optional).

What languages do you cover?

Whatever your mother tongue, you are welcome in the group. The fact that I don’t understand your mother tongue doesn’t detract from my ability to give you meaningful feedback on your output in English. It’s important to understand that improving your retour doesn’t just depend on practising your interpreting from A>B, but also on your ability to produce idiomatic, fluent English. A lot of the work on your retour will be English>English, and for that, I don’t need to understand your mother tongue. If several members of the group share an A language, I will put you in touch, with your permission, so you can work together and set up practice sessions.

Having said all that, my language combination includes French, German and Greek, and I know a fair amount of Spanish and Italian, so you will get a different style of feedback if your mother tongue is one of these.

Do you only accept professional interpreters, or can students join Rock your Retour?

I am willing to accept both students and professional interpreters. Membership is also open both to existing retourists wishing to maintain their skills, and to those who are working on adding an English retour. Depending on how many people become members, I will consider splitting the live classes so that they are tailored to the abilities of the participants.

How much time will I need to devote to Rock your Retour?

The short answer is that this depends entirely on you. You will get out of it what you put into it. Live classes are not compulsory, and the rest of the materials can be worked through at your own pace.

My own experience of developing a retour, however, is that ‘little and often’ is an important maxim. The materials I produce, plus the live class, will take you somewhere between 2 and 3 hours per week to look through, digest, and use as practice material.

How much personal feedback will I receive?

There is a big difference between a membership site and personal coaching. A membership site is essentially a vehicle for self-training. I can provide you with motivation, connections, suitable materials, and a lot of guidance, but I cannot give every member an hour’s worth of personal feedback every week. I’d rather be upfront about that than risk disappointing your expectations.

If that is what you are looking for, you would be better off with a coach. Feel free to contact me for a discovery call if you are interested.

However, I hope to give personal feedback to three or four people at each live class. I may also have a few other cunning plans up my sleeve to give a little bit of extra feedback.

Don’t forget you can use the closed Facebook group to ask questions as well.

How do live classes work?

Live classes take place on Fridays. I offer several slots, in order to cater for most members’ availability and time zone.

Please ensure that you are using a laptop or desktop computer and not a mobile device or tablet if you wish to perform during the class. If you are on a mobile device, you will be able to listen and see the speakers, as well as using the chat function, but you won’t be able to appear on screen. Please also ensure you have an up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox installed.

You will receive an invitation to the live class and be asked to register, so I can see what mother tongues are represented and plan the class. During the class, several members will be asked to give a spontaneous or prepared speech in English or interpret a speech in consecutive or simultaneous, and I will give feedback. Other participants may also comment in the chat box.

Not every member will be able to perform at every class, but you can still learn a huge amount by coming along, trying the exercises, and listening to the feedback that others receive.

The class recording will be available afterwards in the members’ area of the site.

How will you tailor the content to members’ needs?

I will endeavour to take members’ suggestions in to account when preparing guided exercises, choosing topics, and finding source material.

If I have quite a large number of members, I will consider splitting  the live classes so that we have one group working on international institution-style material, perhaps with a view to taking an accreditation test, and another group for students working on basic skills and more general material.

I welcome suggestions from members about any aspects of vocabulary, syntax or current affairs they would like me to address in my teaching materials.

How can I get in touch with you?

Email me at info@theinterpretingcoach.com.

My office hours are 10:00-12:00 London time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can generally expect an immediate response at those times.

If you email me at other times, I will definitely reply, but maybe not straight away!

How much does Rock your Retour cost?

The regular price for RyR All-inclusive is €50 per month. RyR Flex costs €25 per month, + the cost of your add-ons (€15 for audio feedback, €60 for a coaching call).

Do you offer trial membership?

No, but if you would like a sneak peek at some of the materials before you decide to join, let me know and I’ll email you a couple of files or direct you to blog posts that contain similar content.

Is it possible to suspend membership (say, to go on holiday)? Is there a minimum tie-in period?

There is no minimum period for membership. You can cancel at any time, and restart at any time. You can also switch between RyR All-inclusive and RyR Flex at any time, so if you’re a member of RyR All-inclusive and you know you’re going to be too busy to attend all the live classes for the next month or so, you can switch to RyR Flex and only pay for the ones you attend (or none at all).

What is your refund policy?

I do not offer refunds except when an unforeseen technical problem has made it impossible for you to access the membership site.

Please remember that you are free to cancel your membership at any time, or to switch from RyR All-inclusive to RyR Flex (and back).

Do you provide a certificate of membership?

Yes, you can download your own certificate of membership by access the Rock your Retour main page.

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Please email me at info@theinterpretingcoach.com

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