Contents per Course

LIST OF COURSES OFFERED

INTRO –  FREE WEBINAR – Introduction to Court Interpreting       1.5 H

THEORY: 6  STAND-ALONE WEBINARS  of 1.5 hours each –  Total: 9 Hours

TEAM INTERPRETING  –  1.5 H

How to team interpret, when to request a colleague for an assignment, how to work as a team, helping and supporting your partner, protecting the record, making corrections, how to confer, request help, transparency. Use of equipment.

ETHICS  I  –  1.5 H

Code of Ethics of Professional Interpreters – Cannons of Code of Ethics used by State courts, NAJIT, US courts etc.

ETHICS II –  1.5 H

Applied Ethics. A practical look at how the code of ethics applies in different situations. Examples of ethical dilemmas. How to handle different situations. When to say NO, and how to say it.


COURT PROTOCOL   –  1.5 H

How to behave in the courtroom. What to do, how and when to do it. Where to position yourself. How to request permission, clarification, etc. How to correct the record.

TIPS FOR EXAM TAKING   –  1.5 H

How to prepare for the exam. What counts. Concentrating on scoring unit.  How to render long consecutive. How much decalage to allow. Rendering units of meaning, when and how to pause. How to approach the different passages according to the mode of interpretation being tested.

USE OF EQUIPMENT   –  1.5 H

The benefits of using interpreting equipment. How to use it and when. When to mute it. How to deal with confidential interpretation. Situations in which you need to switch from simultaneous to consecutive interpretation while still using the equipment.

COURT INTERPRETER TRAINING  1.2.3 – PRACTICE   –  18  HOURS per Level

3 LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION –  12 WEEKS 1.5 H /SESSION

12 units of Practice / small part theory 20%, practice 80%

 Tips and Homework recommendations as to how to practice

EXAM PREP – INTENSIVE PRACTICE   –  15 HOURS

10 DAYS    1.5 H A DAY

FOR THOSE SITTING FOR STATE CERTIFICATION EXAM

FEDERAL EXAM PREP – INTENSIVE PRACTICE  –  15 HOURS

10 DAYS    1.5 H A DAY

FOR THOSE SITTING FOR THE FEDERAL CERTIFICATION EXAM


To become an interpreter

The full program of Court Interpreting Training Online consists of 3 courses / 3 levels of instruction, covering from Beginner to Advanced Level. Each level consists of 12 Webinars of 1.5 hours each, a total of 18 hours of instruction per level.  You can realistically train for certification in less than a year. The pre-requisite is to be fully bilingual.  The program was developed in Spanish but has been adapted to train speakers of other languages (LOTS, Languages Other Than Spanish)

Court Interpreting 1  – CITO / PRACTICE 1

This course is designed for bilingual students who aspire to become court interpreters.

No prior experience in court interpreting is required.

This course will cover:

  • basics of court interpreting,
  • practice in the modes of interpretation required to interpret in court,
  • court protocol and code of ethics for professional interpreters.
  • examples of hearings typically heard in District Court, Workers Compensation, Traffic Court, misdemeanors.

Note: Full command of English and Foreign Language is required to begin training in court interpreting. Aspiring interpreters should be able to go from one language to the other with ease. These courses assume you have the ability to communicate effectively in both languages at the level of a native speaker.

For those interested in preparing to take the court interpreting exam in state court, we recommend starting with Court Interpreting 1 and consider taking Court Interpreting 2 and Court Interpreter 3 for further practice.

Court Interpreting 2 – CITO -PRACTICE 2

This course is designed for students who have completed Court Interpreting 1 or have prior experience and/ or training in Court Interpreting.

For those interested in preparing to take the court interpreting exam in state court, we recommend starting with Court Interpreting 1 and consider taking Court Interpreting 2 and Court Interpreter 3 for further practice.

This course will cover:

  • Civil cases
  • Criminal cases
  • Bench trial
  • Practice in simultaneous, consecutive and sight modes of cases typically heard in Circuit Courts around the country.

Note: The level of complexity increases with each level. We assume you have covered the basics taught in Court Interpreting 1 or have prior training and experience interpreting shorter hearings or cases typically heard in District Courts, Workers Compensation hearings, etc.

Court Interpreting 3 – CITO – PRACTICE 3

This course is designed for students who have completed Court Interpreting 1 and Court Interpreting 2 or have advanced knowledge, training and practice as Court Interpreters. Each course is composed of 12 units with plenty of practice in realistic situations you will interpret in the courtroom and are designed with the goal of helping you train to pass the exam.

The goal is that students who take all 3 levels and practice as recommended on a daily basis, be prepared to sit for the certification exam at State level.

This course will provide you plenty of practice in realistic situations you will interpret in the courtroom once you obtain certification.

This course will cover:

  • Interpretation of serious criminal jury trial
  • Expert Witness testimony
  • Deposition
  • Team interpreting
  • Use of equipment
  • Code of ethics of the professional interpreter
  • Exam preparation tips

 

Each level is designed with a progressive degree of difficulty so that participants can start from a beginning level and through instruction and practice progress to the advanced level in which students should be able to interpret trials in simultaneous and consecutive modes and sight interpret complex documents.

All Webinars will be recorded and participants will have access to the recording for one month following each presentation in order to practice during the week. Homework assignments will also be posted after each session. Students are expected to practice in between sessions following the instructor’s recommended methodology.

Registration deadline: depending on seats available.

Early registration is encouraged as it helps us plan. We update courses according to demand. Check the scheduled courses page for dates offered.