AIIC MX/CA/CAR: Preparation in the 21 st Century - SPEAKING, Corpora and Paperless Environments

07 Apr 18 — 08 Apr 18

10:00 — 16:30

Mexico City, FD, Mexico

AIIC regional event


Hotel Bristol Mexico City

Plaza Necaxa No. 17

Cuauhtemoc District

Mexico City

Organised by

  • Local information - Ms. Darinka Mangino:
  • Registration matters - Ms. Beatriz Ramírez: 

This course is postponed until January 2019. More details will be posted later.

Course description

There is a general understanding among practitioners that preparation is related to higher quality and job satisfaction. The amount of conference material and time available is a key factor affecting the preparation process. Preparing for some assignments could be described as a paradox. Interpreters might be given all the material needed for thorough preparation, though they might receive it very close to the time of the conference. In other cases, interpreters are given sufficient time to prepare but receive very few details on their assignment.

At the same time, several international organizations are moving towards a paperless environment. As such, trainee and practicing conference interpreters need to learn how to prepare for meetings in such an environment. We will look at examples of paperless portals and explore apps you can use to annotate documents or organize your glossary. Another reason for paperless preparation is that interpreters spend a good part of the year on the go. We will look at apps and gadgets that can contribute to making your life easier and more organized. 

The primary objective of this course is to provide interpreters with a preparation method and IT tools that allow them to most effectively use their time and the material available when preparing for a conference assignment. The main course components are:

  • introduce interpreters to the 'SPEAKING' preparation method
  • introduce interpreters to corpus tools for term extraction and Boolean operators for quicker search purposes
  • explore IT tools to annotate documents and organize glossaries 
  • review apps and gadgets that can contribute to making an interpreter's life easier and more organized


  • AIIC members: $415
  • Non AIIC Members: $450
  • At the door: $500


Ms. Maha El-Metwally is a conference interpreter who works for a wide range of international organizations, including the European Institutions and the United Nations. She is a member of AIIC, The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) and the American Translators Association (ATA). She is also a Board member and member of the Admissions Committee of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). Maha’s most recent degree is an MA in interpreter training from the University of Geneva. She is associated with a number of universities both in the UK and abroad where she offers training and professionalization talks. She also teaches conference interpreting at the University of Surrey.

Ms. Ioana Cornea has a BA in Applied Modern Languages from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania, and a PhD in Specialized Translation Studies from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. She served as Teaching Assistant at Pompeu Fabra University, where she taught Basic Principles of Law and Economics for Translators, Translation Studies and Resources for Translators and Interpreters.
She is currently a full-time professor at the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she teaches several specialized translation courses as well as terminology applied to translation, and resources for translators and interpreters. She coordinates the university’s online Certificate in Legal Translation.
Her interests include legal translation, tools for translators and interpreters, lexicography and terminology for translators, and court interpreting.

Ms. Darinka Mangino is a conference and court interpreter. She holds a Master in Advanced Studies for Interpreting Trainers from  Université de Genève, Switzerland; a PGC in Forensic Linguistics from Aston University, United Kingdom and a University Degree in Conference Interpreting from Instituto Superior de Interpretes y Traductores, Mexico City. She is a member of AIIC and CMIC.  

Darinka Mangino is an Adjunct Professor at the Master in Interpreting & Translation program given by Universidad Anahuac and founder of Lexica Aula Virtual para Interpretes.

Preparation in the 21st Century Course


1. Training Venue: Hotel Bristol


Contact via email Ms Alejandra Oviedo:

Promo code: AIIC


Single room with breakfast: Mexican Pesos 1263.00

Double room with breakfast: Mexican Pesos 1669.00 

2. Hotel Casa Gonzalez

This small guest house, with patios and gardens, is situated in Mexico City’s Cuauhtémoc neighbourhood. Rooms at Hotel Casa Gonzalez are bright and spacious, with hardwood floors and a fan. Some rooms have a terrace, others have a balcony. All rooms have a private bathroom. Room rate is around MXN 1100 for a single room with breakfast. 

3. Hotel Suites Parioli

Parioli offers spacious, modern suites with balconies and kitchens. All have free internet access, and there is free on-site parking. All of the Parioli Suites have a seating area and a dining area with stylish furniture. They have a satellite flat-screen TV and DVD players. The kitchens have microwaves and electric hobs. Suites Parioli is located just 5 minutes’ walk from Independence Monument in Reforma Avenue. A range of restaurants and shops can be found in the surrounding area.  Room rate is around MXN 900-1200. 

4. Eurostar Suites

A five star hotel located in the heart of Paseo de la within walking distance of several Mexico City attractions, including the Angel of Independence. This all-suite hotel features spacious accommodations, modern amenities and an on-site fitness center. Room rate ranges from MXN 1500 – 2000 with breakfast. 

5. Hotel Sheraton María Isabel

A five star hotel that has a privileged location and is set in the heart of Mexico City's financial district on Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, right across the Angel de la Independencia Monument. Room rate ranges from MXN 1800 – 2200. 

6. Hotel St. Regis A five star hotel featuring an ideal location on the famous Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard, only moments from area attractions. Room rate ranges between MXN 4300 – 5500.

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