Advance Your Skills in Note-taking for Interpreters

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Course description:  A step-by-step guide on adapting conference interpreting note-taking techniques to community and medical interpreting based on the Rozan method, symbols and abbreviations.

Course length:  2 hours  


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters: 2 CCHI CE hours (Performance-Based)

  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.2 IMIA CEUs

  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2 CE credits

  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2 OCCI PDUs


Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Take effective notes using a simplified version of Rozan’s 7-step note-taking method adapted for community and medical interpreting.

  • Practice three effective techniques for note-taking: symbols development, time notations and abbreviation systems.


 What you will get:

  • Your video host: Michelle Gallagher, MA

  • 13 interactive exercises (including a take-your-baseline exercise)

  • 1 handout on sample symbols and abbreviations

  • 2 handouts on how to develop symbols and abbreviations in note-taking

  • 2 subject matter handouts (for an exercise): medical, educational, human

  • A clear introduction to the 7 steps of the Rozan method

  • A video demonstration of professional note-taking

  • 2 self-assessment exercises

  • Sections to download and study from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting

  • Course completion certificate

 How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Understand that note-taking is a necessity for interpreters.

  • Know how to take notes while you interpret!

  • Enhance your accuracy.

  • Interpret longer without interrupting.

  • Look and feel more professional and confident.

  • See how note-taking supports the entire process of interpreting.

  • Be able to use symbols to enhance your memory and speed.

  • Know the Rozan method—making you a more “professionally literate” interpreter.

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