Short course Interlingual Subtitling: Technology – Quality – Beyond

Audiovisual translation is becoming increasingly important in the translation market. From the translation of streaming platforms to corporate translation, this Short Course provides an answer to contemporary challenges.



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6 Teaching hours




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CHF 500.-

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


  • Acquire the requisite theoretical knowledge and practical opportunities to use the appropriate professional software
  • Become more sensitive to and understand the specifics of the audiovisual translation process of subtitling as a form of semiotic transfer
  • Learn the basic functions of the appropriate professional software required to generate interlingual subtitles
  • Work on a subtitling project into your own A-language to develop your skills


Freelance and employed translators in various institutions and companies, such as language service providers, translation agencies and media broadcasters. General language, media and accessibility professionals and participants with a languages background.



  • Interlingual subtitling : cultural-linguistic aspects and translation strategies

  • Machine translation and post-editing of subtitles

  • Evaluation of (automated) interlingual subtitling quality

  • Taking stock : recent research on AI and subtitling – pros and cons

  • Current CAT tools and AI synergies for subtitling

  • Avatars and artificial voices – future use of subtitles for the audiovisual localisation of visuals and sounds


Hands-on : MTPE subtitling project

           Technology :

  •   Insights into subtitling software and how to use basic functions and tools

            Linguistics :

  •   Quality analysis of (machine-translated) interlingual subtitles
  •   Post-editing automatically generated subtitles

  •   Group discussions on the MTPE subtitling project and its evaluation in terms of quality and efficiency


Prof. Alexander Künzli, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting University of Geneva


Véronique SAURON, University of Geneva
Audiovisual translation is becoming increasingly important in the translation market. While streaming providers are making a tremendous number of their productions available in different languages, more and more public and private companies are subtitling their video content in order to reach a global audience.
Aimed at participants already working in the language industry with different language combinations, this introduction offers insights into the practical work of interlingual subtitling not only for translation professionals, but also for accessibility and media experts, enabling them to enhance their media content.
In addition to theoretical and practical knowledge for cross-lingual subtitling, this course will shed some light on the use of current technological developments.
Therefore, in this workshop you will learn about interlingual subtitling as a form of audiovisual translation with a strong focus on the potential of speech technologies such as machine translation. In addition, more recent applications and workflows based on artificial intelligence (AI) will be addressed, which could be enhanced with subtitling for future audiovisual production scenarios.

Alexander Kurch has been working as an audiovisual translator for accessibility since 2013, including speech-to-text interpreting (live texting for people with and without hearing impairment), intralingual and interlingual subtitling, audio description (authoring of audio film versions for people with visual impairments) and post-editing for artificial voices.

He studied translation studies at the University of Heidelberg and at the Dublin City University, and media translation at the University of Hildesheim. Besides his practical experience, he is active as an independent researcher, freelance lecturer, trainer and auditor for accessibility in audiovisual translation. His special focus is on synergies of accessible communication in combination with (language) technologies and machine learning, such as speech recognition, machine translation, and speech synthesis including post-editing and evaluations of quality and efficiency.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all