The system will save your performance and valuable records of your past achievements as a means of promotion and an effective track record.
For your maximum comfort, contestants can participate in the qualifying stage, quarter-finals and semi-finals of COSINES Pi from any location around the world. All you need is:
– a quiet room
– stable Internet connection
– high-quality microphone and headphones
The finalist will need to be able to attend the Moscow event in September.
COSINES Pi II opens doors to both professionals and beginners with a great professional potential.
Simultaneous interpreting (SIM) contest includes two categories:
Consecutive interpreting (CON) is open only to Professionals.
Contestants may participate simultaneously in different profiles (profile represents the combination of language pair, type of interpreting, and category). Taking part in the profile more than once is not permitted.
Category ‘Potential’ welcomes senior students and interpreters who are relatively new to the profession with:
– up to 5 years of proven experience
– at least 3 years of higher or professional school training
Category ‘Professional’ is open for interpreters with over 5 years of experience in simultaneous or consecutive interpreting.
In the qualifying stage contestants will work on a video or an audio fragment about 8 minutes long from Russian into English, from Russian into French, from English into French depending on a language combination.
Simultaneous interpreting implies continuous, uninterrupted speech rendering by a contestant with no possibility for playback or replay.
Consecutive interpreting allows the contestant to pause the video as often as the contestant requires (but no playback or replay is possible). The system will be recording the whole session of interpreting including pauses.
The experts will assess the contestant’s professionalism in all aspects of his or her work, including:
– the length of pauses
– behaviour between the pauses
– transition between fragments when interpreting
(1) The qualifying stage offers 7 subject areas of the videos to choose from. They include:
– economics and politics
– business strategy and management
– banking and finance
– oil and gas
Contestants are welcome to choose 1-3 subject areas in which they will compete.
In (2) the quarter-finals the subject areas will merge to include several branches for the contestants to show their interpreting skills across varying scenarios that may naturally arise in a normal human conversation.
Semi-finalists and Finalists will not have the benefit of choosing subject areas for interpreting. The contest tasks may include a broader spectrum of topics ranging from:
– disruptive technologies
– ecological and civilizational issues
– medicine and human health
More detailed information will be available for the contestants at a later stage of COSINES Pi II.
QUALIFYING STAGE: June 12 – July 15
Make your attempt before 25 June for more chances.
Early registration: use 3 attempts on different days. Choose and send one for review before they expire on June 25.
Regular registration: use 2 attempts on the same day after June 24. Send one for review within 24 hours.
In each profile of participation the contestant will be offered three attempts in early registration before June 25, and only two attempts after this date.
During the first attempt the system will automatically select a video fragment based on the initial choice of the preferred subject areas by the contestant during registration.
During the second and the third attempts the system will randomly select a new video piece for interpreting, very much like during the first attempt.
During the first, the second and the third attempts the subject areas may be the same or different. But the video fragment will change.
Eventually, only one attempt will be chosen by the contestant to be submitted for expert assessment.
Before getting down to the attempt, a contestant is recommended to run a demo test to get a closer grip of the navigation buttons and the procedure. The result of the demo test will not be sent for expert assessment.
Prior to the attempt contestants are advised to check the quality of the video and audio recording.
WARNING: Do not refresh or close the browser page during the attempt. This will lead to the loss of data and the attempt will not be counted.
After the attempt, the contestant will send the recorded fragment for assessment by clicking ‘Send for review’ button from June 12 to June 25 (Moscow time) for early registration and from June 25 onwards within 24 hours from the beginning of the first attempt. Otherwise the attempt will be lost.
The Experts will assess the contestants’ performance for:
– overall meaning
– missing information
The contestants will be informed of the completion of the assessment by email.
Follow the rules exactly lest being disqualified.
– A computer or a laptop
– A webcam
– A microphone
– Headphones (it is advisable to use headphones with a microphone)
– A high-speed and stable internet connection
– The latest Google Chrome browser (please install it if you use another browser)
Dress code: formal or smart casual.
Good light (use full portrait format, face fully visible).
Please, turn off smartphone, make sure that children or pets do not interfere.
Please, note: your voice should be the loudest sound on the video.
Recommended camera presence:
Tip: the higher the Internet speed, the better. If the speed is low, download may stall. If you have started on an attempt but the audio is lagging, you need to find a place with access to high internet speeds and perform other attempts to be sent for review on a set date.