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Rock your Retour

L’Atelier du français B

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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
  • weekly resources on the website, including posts looking at looking at terminology, idioms, pronunciation or syntax or a guided exercise or speech + suggestions on how to approach it
  • 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!

What is included in my Rock your Retour Flex membership?

  • weekly resources on the website, including posts looking at looking at terminology, idioms, pronunciation or syntax or a guided exercise or speech + suggestions on how to approach it
  • 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.

If I join Rock your Retour, will my English be good enough to work with an English B on the market? Will you sign my AIIC form?

Rock your Retour is intended as a form of CPD (continuing professional development) to help you maintain or improve your English retour. I cannot offer any guarantee as to how much progress you are likely to make, and membership of the site cannot be used as a form of certification or attestation that your English retour is good enough for the market.

I do not sign interpreters’ AIIC form on the basis of their membership of Rock your Retour.

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 usually 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. At the moment, live classes typically take place at 8.30 am and 5 pm UK time.

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, as well as Zoom.

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.

I will do my best to reply within 72 hours.

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). You can do all of this yourself from the Dashboard.

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.

Que comprend notre offre “L’Atelier français B” (€150 pour trois mois)?

  • Une séance hebdomadaire de groupe en ligne. Nous aurons des conseils et commentaires individuels sur le rendu des participants. 
  • Des ressources pédagogiques hebdomadaires hebdomadaires sur les « secrets du français », donnant des clés supplémentaires sur le vocabulaire, la terminologie, les tournures idiomatiques et la syntaxe
  • Un exercice ou discours guidé et des suggestions pour s’y préparer chaque semaine.
  • L’accès à un groupe Facebook exclusif de collègues français B pour vous rencontrer, poser des questions techniques ou linguistiques et même prévoir des séances d’entraînement à part !
  • Une panoplie de bonus en lien avec l’actualité et les cultures francophones et des conseils pour rester motivé !

Quelles langues A ?

Pendant la première phase de l’Atelier (trois mois), le programme est conçu pour les interprètes de langue anglaise travaillant vers le français.

Il n’est néanmoins pas fermé aux interprètes d’autres langues A. Les interprètes anglophones auront la priorité pendant les séances en ligne. Les interprètes qui ont une autre langue A pourront être écoutés ensuite, s’il y a le temps, ou participer en tant qu’auditeurs.

Si nous sommes en mesure de prolonger le projet après l’été, nous envisagerons la possibilité d’élargir l’Atelier à d’autres langues A.ur

Bien que cette offre soit ouverte à tous et toutes, l’équipe de l’Atelier souhaite souligner que le travail d’une langue A vers un français B étant le plus efficace et le plus pertinent sur la plupart des marchés, c’est cette combinaison qui aura la priorité lors des séances en ligne. De plus, nous offrons un accompagnement qui ne s’apparente pas à une formation diplômante. Votre participation à l’Atelier vous permettra d’améliorer votre retour en français, mais ne garantit pas un retour utilisable lors d’une mission. 

Combien de retours vais-je recevoir ?

Si vous participez aux séances en ligne, vous aurez la possibilité d’interpréter « en direct » et de recevoir des retours de la part d’un ou d’une des membres de l’équipe (suivant le nombre de personnes présentes et de votre connexion internet). Nous pouvons donner des retours à toutes les personnes qui participent aux séances en ligne la plupart du temps. Si vous n’avez pas pu recevoir de retour, vous pouvez nous envoyer un fichier audio.

Vous pouvez également poser des questions dans le groupe Facebook.

L’Atelier est cependant pensé pour accompagner VOTRE travail. Si vous souhaitez recevoir des retours détaillés sur plusieurs discours par semaine, nous vous conseillons de contacter un coach.

Quel investissement de temps est nécessaire ?

Tout dépend de vous ! L’Atelier est un programme pensé pour accompagner VOTRE travail pour améliorer votre retour. Si vous participez à toutes les séances en ligne et faites l’ensemble des exercices suggéré chaque semaine, nous estimons un investissement de 2 à 3h par semaine. Mais plus vous vous investissez, meilleurs seront les résultats !

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If you still have a question…

Please email me at info@theinterpretingcoach.com

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