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 16-20 July 2018. 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.
At a glance
Qualification: ZHAW Certificate of Attendance (3 ECTS)
Duration: 5 days (16-20 July 2018)
Costs: CHF 1,000.00
Location: The Summer School takes place in the rooms of the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Theaterstrasse 15c, 8401 Winterthur.
Languages of instruction: German, English
Objectives and content
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.
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.
Day 1 - Overview of barrier-free communication and speech-to-text reporting
Short survey of barrier-free communication methods.
Spoken language is entered into a computer by keyboard and transferred into live subtitles.
Introduction to the key concepts of speech-to-text reporting, taking into account its linguistic, social and technical aspects. Presentation of relevant tools for speech-to-text reporting (production, information management and quality assurance).
Participants will gain knowledge of the theoretical foundations of speech-to-text reporting and an understanding of interpreting strategies. They will learn how to prepare themselves efficiently for a speech-to-text reporting assignment and how to evaluate the product qualitatively.
Day 2 - Respeaking
Subtitling of live broadcasts by means of speech recognition: introduction, background, history and examples.
Creating awareness of the concepts and challenges of respeaking:
Speech recognition (speech-to-text systems) as a respeaking tool: background, functionality and history.
Hands-on introduction to the Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation system.
Introduction to the use of FAB Subtitler Live respeaking software (combined with Dragon Naturally Speaking). Respeaking of a segment by participants.
Participants will acquire knowledge of the theoretical foundations and challenges of respeaking, will learn how to apply the Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation system efficiently in respeaking tasks and will be able to use the FAB Subtitler Live respeaking software independently.
Day 3 – Audio description
Audio-described films for the visually impaired: introduction, background, history and examples.
Production of audio descriptions: challenges and best practice.
Introduction to the use of various software applications for the production of audio descriptions.
Audio description of a short film segment by participants.
Participants will gain knowledge of the theoretical foundations and challenges of audio description. They will be able to use a software application for audio description independently.
Day 4 - Easy-to-read language
What is easy-to-read language? Introduction, background, history and examples.
There are several guidelines and recommendations for writing in easy-to-read language. Where do those guidelines overlap and in what respects do they differ?
Easy-to-read language and language technology:
How can language technology be effectively applied to producing texts in easy-to-read language? Creation of a corpus for effective production of texts in easy-to-read language using language technology tools.
Production of a text in easy-to-read language using appropriate software tools.
Participants will acquire knowledge of the theoretical foundations and challenges of producing texts in easy-to-read language. They will be able to use software applications for producing texts in easy-to-read language independently.
Day 5 – Web content accessibility
How can web content be made fully accessible to people with disabilities? The emphasis falls on linguistic aspects, i.e. use of easy-to-read language, image descriptions, text alternatives etc.
How can concepts like subtitling, audio description and easy-to-read language be effectively integrated into website design?
Participants will gain knowledge of the key concepts of web content accessibility by taking into account linguistic aspects of accessibility and by integrating the concepts and technologies presented on previous days into accessible web design.
The Summer School consists of 25 plenary sessions and approximately 15 hours of guided self-study (practical tasks and exercises).
In both the plenary and the self-study sessions, there will be the opportunity to work actively with technologies and applications.
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