The Impact of Short-Term Memory Developing Strategies, on The Interpretation Performance of Students 

Fereydoon Rasouli  

Assistant Lecturer at Cihan University –Erbil  

Translation Department  



Good ability to listen and understand an oral text and having a good knowledge of both Source and Target languages are crucial necessities of Interpretation. However, the task of interpreting needs more qualifies in a practical situation. Enjoying a strong short-Term memory is one of these requirements which led to minimizing the amount of losing the content of the message in the process of recreating it from SL into Target Language.  


The main goal of the study is to update offered courses concerning short-term memory development to improve students’ performance academically. To reach to this goal researcher has proposed some techniques to improve students’ competence during universities’ educational terms.  


To achieve a better understanding of the source language is the main purpose behind improving STM in interpretationIn order to improve STM some steps should be taking, these steps help short memory works properly and effectively. In this study, the Gile’s effort model has been applied as a treatment model and subjects of the study attended in some courses developed to improve their short-term capabilities.  


Findings of the study confirmed that memory boosting strategies applied in this survey has a meaningful influence on the students’ interpretation performance.   


The role of STM in storing and retrieving information is deniable in interpretation and interpreters’ performance, but memory training has long been ignored by teachers and instructors in universities and institutes. Effective teaching of interpretation to the students should be conducted via a three steps procedure: firstly, highlighting skills specific to interpreting, intensive practices and, finally acquiring job experience in the real context of interpretation. 

 Key terms: Interpretation, Short-Term memory, Giles’ effort model