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Nintendo staff enhance their interpreting skills at Bath

Wed Jan 12 14:26:00 GMT 2011

Ten members of staff working for Nintendo as Japanese/English interpreters visited the University last month to attend a CPD course run by course directors from the MA Interpreting and Translating programme from PoLIS (Dept of Politics, Languages and International Studies). The Nintendo professionals came to enhance their Japanese/English interpreting skills and to benefit from the University’s state-of-the-art language laboratories.

Nintendo_delegates2Practical sessions gave the delegates training on key aspects of interpretation including note-taking skills, public speaking skills as well as consecutive, liaison and simultaneous interpreting. The skills gained will benefit them in their day to day roles which involve a range of internal and external communications between Nintendo of Europe GmbH, the headquarters in Kyoto and other video game developers in Japan.

The one-week intensive course was coordinated by Julia Tuff, Course Director for the MA in Interpreting and Translating, Japanese Stream, and drew on the expertise of  MA Interpreting and Translating (MAIT) staff and MAIT graduates.

Feedback from the course has been extremely positive and comments from delegates have included “ Very enriching course!”, ‘’It was all inspiring!” and “It has encouraged me to think more systematically about how I approach interpretation”.

“We are delighted with how the course has gone and the feedback we have received from the participants,” commented Julia Tuff. “The course has strengthened our links with Nintendo and we are looking forward to receiving further interpreters for training next year”.

“We have been really pleased to support the department in running a course for such a prestigious and international organisation” noted Suzanne Maxwell, Head of the University’s CPD Support Office. “We are keen to encourage other academics to work with us to deliver courses which meet the needs of employers and their staff.”

Nintendo Co Ltd is one of the world’s most influential players in today’s video game industry. With headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, it has offices all over the globe. Its more recent bestsellers include the handheld gaming device Nintendo DS and home video console Nintendo Wii. 

The CPD Office offers support for CPD activity including marketing, costing, financial arrangements, and practical aspects of course delivery for those interested in developing courses for external professionals or employers. Additionally funding is available from the CPD Development Fund. For more information on submitting a bid to the Fund please visit: www.bath.ac.uk/cpd/intranet.bho/development-fund.html