On-Demand Course



Introduction to Sight Translation



Sight Translation (ST) is an oral translation of a written text (Gile, 2000). Interpreters working at all levels (RPI, CPI, CI) may be asked to sight translate various documents during their interpreting assignments. This online module aims to provide interpreters with an understanding of the ST process and the challenges involved in producing a good sight translation. We will discuss the use of ST in community interpreting settings, including legal, health, education, and welfare. The ST module also aims to assist interpreters in developing skills for producing a sight translation that is faithful to the original and easy for the listener to follow in the target language. We will provide interpreters with ample opportunity to practise sight translation through exercises involving typical texts.

Who would this be useful for?

This module is suitable for interpreters working in community settings at the RPI, CPI and CI level, who wish to understand the process of sight translation and improve their skills.

This course will cover the following items:

Introduction to sight translation

Overview of settings in which ST is used in community interpreting

ST process, challenges, and procedures

Skills and strategies needed to produce an accurate and fluent ST

Practice in sight translating typical texts

Tips for further practice and improvement of ST skills

Course outcomes


The sight translation process and procedures

Community interpreting settings where ST is used with the typically associated texts

What makes a good sight translation


Produce an accurate and fluent sight translation

Certificate Earned

 A professional development certificate will be issued upon completion of the course. Learners will be eligible to receive 10 points towards recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue). Some courses may attract PD points from multiple categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification.


Course Completion Guidelines

Students are required to read and complete all the course content, including watching all videos, and successfully completing all assessments. In order to attain your certificate, you need to score 100% on each assessment. Students will have unlimited attempts to complete the course over the length of their access.


Presented By

Presenter - Anna Kenny
Interpreter Trainer
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Melbourne, Australia

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