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Interpreting and Translation Research Students Visit the UN

Comparative Literature Students, United Nations

Combining theory and practice and taking advantage of the UMass New York Professional Outreach Program, NYPOP, Cristiano Mazzei, director of translator and interpreter training, took his students for a visit to the United Nations. As part of their Comp-Lit 582 course, Interpreting and Translation Research and Practice II, link , students spent the first weeks of Spring 2018 working on simultaneous interpreting, which is the preferred mode of interpretation in diplomatic settings, such as the United Nations. Therefore, visiting the workplace of diplomatic interpreters was a great way to support student learning.

Students took a guided tour of the organization and later had a private briefing with Mr. Sergei Kochetkov, Chief of the Russian Interpretation Section. In answering questions for students, Mr. Kochetkov, who has been working as an UN interpreter for thirty years, discussed the day-to-day activities of interpreters, their challenges, technology, scheduling, skills necessary for the job, and much more.