LINGUIST List 28.2220

Tue May 16 2017

Summer Schools: Summer School Barrier-free Communication/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Yue Chen <yuelinguistlist.org>


Date: 16-May-2017
From: Martin Kappus <Martin.kappuszhaw.ch>
Subject: Summer School Barrier-free Communication/Switzerland
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Host Institution: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Coordinating Institution: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Website: https://weiterbildung.zhaw.ch/en/school-of-applied-linguistics/program/summer-school-barrier-free-communication.html

Dates: 17-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland

Focus: Summer School Barrier-free Communication The Centre for Computational Linguistics of the ZHAW Winterthur is pleased to announce the 2nd Summer School in Barrier-free Communication to be held in Winterthur on 17-21 July 2017. During this 5-day programme, participants will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with leading Barrier-free Communication methods as well as familiarise themselves with relevant software applications in guided practical sessions. The programme will focus on speech-to-text reporting, respeaking, audio description, easy-to-read language and the linguistic issues involved in web content accessibility. Alongside concise theoretical introductions to each method, the hands-on use of software applications and the work on real-life tasks will be a priority. At the end of the programme, participants will have gained a fuller appreciation and first-hand experience of Barrier-free Communication applications under professional guidance. Further information on schedule, contents, registration deadline and fees can be found at: https://weiterbildung.zhaw.ch/en/school-of-applied-linguistics/program/summer-school-barrier-free-communication.html Contact: martin.kappuszhaw.ch
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

Description:
Summer School Barrier-free Communication

The Centre for Computational Linguistics at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is pleased to announce the 2nd Summer School in Barrier-free Communication, to be held in Winterthur on 17-21 July 2017. During this 5-day programme, participants will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with leading barrier-free communication methods and familiarise themselves with relevant software applications in guided practical sessions. The programme will focus on speech-to-text reporting (traditional), respeaking, audio description, easy-to-read language and web content accessibility. Alongside concise theoretical introductions to each method, priority will be given to the hands-on use of software applications based on real-life tasks.

Programme:

Day 1: Speech-to-text reporting (traditional)
Methods, strategies and tools for speech-to-text reporting. Spoken language is entered into a computer by keyboard and transferred into live subtitles. Traditional speech-to-text reporting can help the hearing-impaired attend presentations, lectures and similar events.

Day 2: Respeaking
Methods and tools for respeaking (live subtitling for the hearing-impaired by means of speech recognition software). Spoken language is translated into written live subtitles by means of speech recognition and subtitling software. Respeaking allows for live TV broadcasts to be subtitled quickly and efficiently.

Day 3: Audio description
Methods and tools for producing audio descriptions (audio-described films for the visually impaired). Images and other visual media are translated into oral descriptions.

Day 4: Easy-to-read language
Methods and tools for producing texts in easy-to-read language using corpora, CAT-tools and terminology management systems. Both specialised and everyday texts are translated into the clearest and simplest language possible.

Day 5: Web content accessibility
How can web content be made fully accessible to people with disabilities? The emphasis here falls on linguistic aspects (i.e. easy-to-read language, image descriptions and text alternatives) and the hands-on use of the methods acquired to provide barrier-free audio-visual content.

Participants will benefit from the cutting-edge infrastructure at ZHAW, which includes a range of applications unparalleled in European academic institutions. They will have access to software developed specifically for respeaking, software for the production of audio descriptions and other language-technology applications.
The Summer School’s lecturers are all highly experienced faculty members.

Target audience:

The Summer School is aimed primarily at students of linguistics, translation and related areas of study who wish to gain first-hand experience in the field of barrier-free communication. The Summer School also welcomes applications from anyone interested in acquiring a basic knowledge of the above-mentioned concepts, applications and tools.

Aims:

The Summer School offers participants the chance to gain a full appreciation of the theoretical foundations of barrier-free communication as well as first-hand experience of relevant practice-oriented applications. Students from study programmes focussing mainly on theoretical subjects are thus given the rare opportunity to acquire hands-on knowledge of barrier-free communication tools and to prepare themselves for the specific requirements of the respective occupational fields.

Language of instruction:

English

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Tuition: 1000 Other
Registration: 15-Feb-2017 to 31-May-2017
Contact Person: Martin Kappus
                Email: Martin.kappuszhaw.ch

Apply by Email: martin.kappuszhaw.ch
Apply on the web: https://weiterbildung.zhaw.ch/data/angewandte-linguistik/anmeldeformular_sommerschule_2017-en.pdf

Registration Instructions:
https://weiterbildung.zhaw.ch/data/angewandte-linguistik/anmeldeformular_sommerschule_2017-en.pdf

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