Health Care Interpreting Skills

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Approved for CE credits for Oregon Court Interpreters: 8 language specific credits and 8 general credits (total 16)

This module will be taught in three hour blocks that can be combined in a series of three weekends.

This training module is delivered in Spanish.

Module duration: 36 hours

Pre-requisite: Language proficiency in English and Spanish measured pursuant to OHA requirements. One ACTFL OPI test included in cost of training.

Delivered in person (location to be announced in time for registration

Required books: The Interpreter’s Rx, by Holly Mikkelson (delivered on first session, included in cost of training)

In this module, most of the time will be spent interpreting in all three modes, per the syllabus submitted below. The instructor will personally observe and coach the participants on their skills based on the rubric she has developed, and on the last day she will evaluate the participants based on that rubric as a summative evaluation.

The following two presentations by Helen Eby are likely to be shared:

Health Care Interpreting Skills syllabus

HoursMode of interpretingLearning objectives
6Consecutive interpretingInterpreters will, under supervision, interpret the first two or three consecutive lessons from The Interpreter’s Rx. In the second series, they will interpret more.
3Simultaneous interpretingThe instructor will lead the interpreters in a simultaneous interpreting warmup exercise.
Interpreters will, under supervision, interpret the first two simultaneous lessons from The Interpreter’s Rx.
In the second and third sessions, the instructor will do less warmup and more interpreting exercises.
3Translation and Sight translationThe instructor will lead the interpreters in some principles of translation in preparation for sight translation.

Interpreters will, under supervision, interpret the first one or two sight translation lessons in each direction, as time allows, from The Interpreter’s Rx.

During the second and third sessions, the instructor will lead the interpreters in more interpreting drills.
For 36 hours of practice, the instructor will provide three sets of this series of sessions.
The evaluation method will be common to all sessions:
Interpreters will be able to:
• Identify their strengths and weaknesses in interpreting.
• Identify when they interpreted with accuracy.
• Identify omissions and additions in their work.

The instructor will model the specific skill.

Evaluation:
• The instructor will provide tips on how to improve performance as she observes the groups in action.
• Interpreters will record their performance and evaluate their recordings against the script.
• The instructor will take notes on the interpreters’ strengths and weaknesses in interpreting according to her rubric, and compare them with the second session on the same skill.
Summative evaluation: Observation of interpreters’ performance on final session of each mode of interpreting according to the rubric used throughout the training.