ENGLISH „Retour“ ENHANCEMENT with Matthew Perret

This workshop is intended to help interpreters working into English “B” (or aspiring retouristes with a strong “C”) to develop your repertoire, strategies and reactions through interpreting and public speaking exercises. In this way, you will be able to offer a more sophisticated, idiomatic and convincing performance for your global listeners. It will cover:

  1. English enhancement, with a focus on register and culturally sensitive language, as well as participants’ specialisations.
  2. Specific “retour” skills, such as analysis of mother tongue as a passive language, elaboration and simplification for ease of comprehension, strategic use of intonation, and “plan B” prioritisation and coping strategies to avoid paralysing perfectionism.
  3. A refresher of core interpreting skills, starting with analysis and deverbalisation, to avoid auto-pilot and lexical and syntactic contamination.


The trainer

Matthew Perret is an experienced EU interpreter and trainer, specialising in “retour” training both for international organisations and for AIIC Training worldwide.

Target group

Interpreters wishing to (further) develop an English retour. All “A” languages are welcome, with a minimum of 2 participants per language. (Feel free to contact us if you have difficulty finding a language partner, and we will try to help!) The maximum number of participants is 12.

Date and location

One full day of workshop on site on September 23, 2022, in Cologne (exact location tbc)

Half a day of online follow-up workshop, focusing on simultaneous interpreting (date tbc)

Participation fees

150-175€, depending on the number of participants


We would be delighted to welcome you at our workshop! If you are interested, please email fortbildung@aiic.de