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Kickstart your English retour with the Rock your Retour membership site!  

Are you looking for a flexible, affordable way to improve your retour?  

With this self-paced programme incorporating live classes, teaching materials and ongoing support, you can boost your skills and confidence and become more marketable.

WHY CHOOSE ROCK YOUR RETOUR MEMBERSHIP?

High quality retour training can be difficult to access, and/or expensive. You may not be able to attend a year-long interpreting course or even a short course, for reasons to do with time or affordability. Yet a strong retour can open new markets for you.

A membership ship site is the ideal way for you to commit to practising your retour regularly, while receiving high quality teaching materials and guidance on how to improve your skills.

Rock your Retour is a unique, new way to improve or maintain your retour in your time, dipping into the materials as you see fit:

  • guidance from an experienced interpreting coach who is a native speaker of English
  • opportunities to receive feedback about your production of English and interpreting skills
  • teaching materials tailor-made for interpreters, with an emphasis on English usage (terminology, syntax) and skills
  • ongoing support
  • flexible, self-paced learning
  • time commitment dependent on your availability and motivation
  • affordable package with no tie-in


WHAT IS INCLUDED?

What is included in Rock your Retour Flex (€25 per month)?

  • 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, ask questions about English usage or retour technique, or set up a practice group.
  • pay-as-you-go live group sessions (costing €15) , generally on Fridays, in which I will give personal feedback to some of the participants on their work into English.
  • the opportunity to book individually-priced add-ons occasionally, such as one-off coaching calls or feedback on an audio recording.

What is included in Rock your Retour All-inclusive (€50 per month)?

  • a weekly live group session, 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, ask questions about English usage or retour technique, or set up a practice group.
  • a host of little bonuses, including tips about what's hot in the news, cultural references, motivation and more!


ROCK YOUR RETOUR IS FOR YOU IF...

You are:

  • an interpreting student with English B
  • a professional interpreter hoping to turn an English C into a B
  • an interpreter with an existing retour into English, wanting to improve or refresh your skills


You want: 

  • to improve your English enough to turn it into a B, so as to get more work, or
  • to maintain your existing retour skills and avoid going rusty
  • to gain confidence if you don't use your retour very often
  • to ensure you are comfortable using your retour in a variety of contexts
  • to become more attuned to the subtleties of English
  • to expand your 'toolkit' of vocabulary, idioms and terminology
  • to identify and correct persistent errors in your use of English
  • to get motivated to practise your retour regularly

You are looking for:

  • self-paced materials, that you can study in your own time
  • some feedback from a native speaker
  • guidance about improving your skills
  • high quality teaching materials tailor-made for English retourists
  • an affordable programme
  • regular support
  • a community of fellow retourists  
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MEET THE INTERPRETING COACH

online coaching interpreting interpreters

Hi!

I'm Sophie Llewellyn Smith, aka The Interpreting Coach.

I'm an EU-accredited conference interpreter and member of AIIC (the International Association of Conference Interpreters) with over 15 years' experience as an interpreter trainer and Trainer of Trainers. 

I'm a specialist retour trainer, and have trained interpreters from organisations such as the African Union, the European Parliament, and the UN. I also organise retour courses for groups of interpreters on request.

I have a French retour myself, so I know what it's like trying to develop and maintain a strong retour! Over the years, I've given a lot of thought to what techniques work best. 

I love working with talented, motivated colleagues who are keen to improve their interpreting skills with a tailor-made approach.

Look forward to hearing from you soon,

FAQs

How much does it cost?

The regular price for Rock your Retour All-inclusive is €50 per month. Rock your Retour Flex costs €25, and you can book add-ons, such as a coaching call, feedback on an audio call, or a place on a weekly live session; all of these are individually priced.

Is there a minimum tie-in?

No, you are only committing to a month's membership at a time. You will be invoiced on a monthly basis and you can cancel at any time. For this reason, you cannot suspend your membership.

Who is RyR NOT suitable for?

If what you're looking for is detailed personal feedback on one or several interpreting performances per week, you will not be satisfied with RyR. I cannot provide that level of personal attention, and you would be better off with a coach.

If you have a slow Internet connection and you don't have a desktop or laptop computer, you will not be able to appear on screen to perform live during group sessions.

RyR is not suitable for beginners. The assumption is that you already have solid interpreting skills (listening & analysis, note-taking, simultaneous). The aim of the programme is to help you improve your retour, not to teach you to interpret from scratch.

What is your refund policy?

I do not offer refunds, unless a serious technical problem means you cannot access the membership site at all. Remember you are only committing to a month's membership at a time. If you are interested in membership and would like a sneak preview of my materials, I am happy to send you a couple of files or point you to blog posts that contain similar content.

How much personal feedback will I receive?

If you attend live classes, you may have an opportunity to interpret 'live' and receive feedback from me (depending on the number of participants, and on your Internet speed). You can also ask questions in the Facebook group, and email me during office hours. Rock your Retour is designed to support YOUR learning, though. At a rough estimate, you could get 'live' feedback once every 2-3 weeks. If you want detailed feedback about several speeches per week, you would be better off looking for a coach.

Are the live classes compulsory?

Nothing is compulsory! You will get out of membership what you put into it. If you attend live classes, you will have a chance to work in the presence of other retourists and get some feedback. I will also put recordings of the classes on the site for members of RyR All-inclusive, so you can watch later.

When do live classes take place? What if I can't make it?

I usually arrange live sessions on Fridays. There are several sessions to cater for different time zones, typically 9 am, 3 pm and 6.30 pm UK time.

If you can't make it, you can always watch the replay on the members' portal! 

What A languages do you cover?

Members with any A language are welcome to join. Much of the work is self-study in your own time. The feedback I give to participants on their output into English during live classes is useful even if I don't understand the source material.

If your mother tongue is French, German or Greek, and you attend live classes, you may get a slightly different style of feedback, with more focus on specific interpreting challenges and techniques.

How much time will I need to invest?

That's entirely up to you! Rock your Retour is designed as a programme to support the work YOU do to improve your retour. If you went through all the suggested exercises each week and attended every live class, I estimate it would take 2-3 hours. The more you put in, the more you get out of it!

Should I go for RyR All-inclusive, or RyR Flex?

 It depends on your availability. If you are busy and are rarely available on Fridays, RyR Flex will work better for you: you can book and pay for each live group session separately, so you only pay for what you use. But RyR All-inclusive is better value for money if you're generally able to attend live sessions on Fridays.