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International Colloquium
on Interpreter Education


September 6 (Sat), 2014
Kansai University, Osaka

3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita, Osaka, JAPAN
Access: English | Japanese



 09:30-10:00  Reception, Entrance Hall (1F), Iwasaki Memorial Hall, Senriyama Campus, Kansai University. 

 10:00-12:00  Notetaking Workshop (3F)

Title: Introduction to the Matyssek Method of Notetaking

Instructor: Annika HANSEN, Interpreter (German, English, Japanese), Institute for Translation and Interpreting, Heidelberg University.

Languages of instruction: English/Japanese  Max. number of participants: 32 (advance registration needed)
                           ※Due to strong requests from interested participants, we have increased the max number of wokshop participants to about 50.

 12:20-13:20  Luncheon Meeting (4F)

Guest Speaker: Tatsuya KOMATSU, Interpreter; Select Professor, Akita International University; Advisor, Simul International, Inc.

Topic: Looking Back on the History of Interpreter Training in Japan since 1960 -- A Personal Reflection (我が国における60年代以降の通訳教育の歴史を振り返る――体験的回顧)

 13:40-15:50  Special Lectures (4F)

Lecture 1: Semiology and Conceptual Schema in Consecutive Notes

Speaker: Dr. Cheng-Shu YANG, Director, Graduate Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.

   (Coffee Break)


Lecture 2: Theory and Practice of Notetaking: Cognitive Psychological Perspectives

Speaker: Dr. Hiromi ITO, ESIT (École Supérieure d'Interprètes et de Traducteurs), the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris V

 16:00-17:00  Q&A and Mini Symposium (4F)



Fee: \2,000(including lunch and tea)※Special rate available for students and JAITS members.

Registration and Inquiry: Via Web form at, or send email to Yasumasa Someya <> or Tomomi Nishimura <> before September 1 at the latest.

Organizers/Sponsors: Kansai Chapter of the Japan Association for Interpreting and Translation Studies; Graduate School of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University; Kansai IT Research Initiative; JSPS Grant-in-Aid Project No.24320112

Corporate sponsor: Japan Convention Services, Inc.

Program Chair & Co-Chair: Yasumasa Someya (Kansai Univesity), Tomomi Nishimura (Kyoto Tachibana University)




Presentation Abstracts and Bios


1. Workshop -- Introduction to the Matyssek Method of Notetaking

In this workshop you will learn the basic methodology of notetaking developed by Heinz Matyssek at the University of Heidelberg. The workshop begins with the theory component of his unique method, which is followed by a hands-on workshop. The language of instruction will be English and Japanese.

Annika HANSEN: Ms. Hansen has been interpreting on a regular basis at conferences and seminars involving Japanese since 2001. Since 2007 she has been dedicating herself full-time to interpreting and translation, including work, studies and research. The workshop she is giving in this Colloquium is the first systematic and full-scale introduction to the Matyssek method ever presented in Japan. E-mail:

2. Looking Back on the History of Interpreter Training in Japan since 1960 -- A Personal Reflection

My talk will begin with a personal story of how I became an interpreter, and cover such pertinent topics as 1) the development of interpreting profession in Japan, 2) Simul International, Inc. and the role of "agencies" -- unique characteristics of interpreting market in Japan, 3) interpreter training and language learning, 4) the role of universities in interpreter education/training, and 5) future challenges.

Tatsuya KOMATSU: Perhaps the most well-known and already a legendary interpreter in Japan, his interpreting career started as a staff interpreter at the Laguage Services Division of the U.S. State Department (1961-1966). Upon returning to Japan, he founded Simul International, Inc. and served as its President for ten years until 1997. He has also been academically active, teaching interpreting at many universities including Meikai University where he was a full professor for nine years (1999-2008). He is currently Select Professor at Akita International University. E-mail:

3. Semiology and Conceptual Schema in Consecutive Notes

This research focuses on types of symbols and messages of the intermediate representation in interpretation. The concept of image schema helps explain encoding regulations of symbols in notes and its corresponding information.

Cheng-shu YANG: One of the most active and eminent Chinese scholars/educators in the area of interpreting, Dr. Yang received her MA in Literature from the School of Arts and Letters at Tohoku University in Japan and her PhD in Linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Currently she is the director of the Graduate Institute of Cross Cultural Studies at Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. E-mail:

4. Theory and Practice of Notetaking: Cognitive Psychological Perspectives

Consecutive interpretation of a 5-minute speech implies multi-task processing: speech comprehension and analysis, terminological recall, note-taking, etc. Students at ESIT go through an intensive training program in which they strive to find their own economical way to note memory cues without disturbing speech listening and analysing. Cognitive studies help us to explain how students improve their ability to manage cognitive resources.

Hiromi ITO: Dr. Hiromi Ito is a Paris-based conference interpreter with a PhD in translation studies from ESIT where she is now maître de conférences responsible for Japanese in both the translation and interpretation sections. In 2011 she set up the Japanese-French translation course which is now being integrated into the ESIT Master in Translation.

※The lectures by Dr. Yang and Dr. Ito will be conducted in Japanese.



1.       Heinz Matyssek (2006), Handbuch der Notizentechnin fur Dolmetcher (Teil 1, Teil 2), Julius Groos Verlag Tubingen.

2.       Annika Hansen (2014), The Matyssek Method of Notetaking Explained. Unpublished paper.

3.       小松達也 (2001)日英逐次通の分析−試論」『通訳研究』第1号 (pp. 64-84) 日本通訳学会

4.       楊承淑 (2005)「通訳における情報表表示〜日本語を起点言語として」『通訳研究』第5号 (pp. 31-52) 日本通訳学会

5.       Yang Cheng-Shu (2010), A Study of Information Processing in Interpreting. Tianjin: Nankai University Press.

6.       ベルジュロ伊藤宏美 (2005),「TIT 通訳理論と作業記憶」『通訳研究』第5号 (pp. 53-72) 日本通訳学会

7.       ベルジュロ伊藤宏美 (2007),「逐次通訳の基本プロセスの検討」『通訳研究』第7号 (pp. 89-116) 日本通訳学会



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This colloquim was funded by JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No. 24320112).
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