Medical Interpreting Skills Development

Gain experience and confidence in essential techniques used in sight translation, consecutive interpretation, and simultaneous interpretation by building awareness of the cognitive processes integral to interpreting: listening, short-term memory, semantic equivalence, visual/auditory processing, thought organization, and logic. Memory development techniques, note taking, and non-verbal communication are also introduced as important elements of the process of interpreting consecutively. In addition, explore the concepts of split attention, self monitoring, décalage (time difference), coordination, reformulation, and coping techniques. Medical interpreting techniques will be practiced in a variety of scenarios with specific medical terminology. The end goal is to develop professional interpreting skills and expand health care vocabulary in both English and Spanish in order to confidently tackle a range of interpreting assignments in the medical field.. Students must also pay for a one-time $155 book fee upon entry of first course in the program. Book fee includes workbook and all learning materials needed for all four courses in the certificate program.

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