How to Perform Standard Interpreting Protocols

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Course description:  An overview, with guided practice, of basic procedures and protocols for professional interpreting in medical, community, educational and non-courtroom legal settings.

Course length: 1.5 hours


  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits

  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs


Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss and practice four protocols for medical and community interpreting: positioning, introductions, direct speech and turn-taking.

  • Make decisions about when and how to perform these four protocols during interpreting assignments.


What you will get:

  • Your video host:  Rita Monroy, MA

  • 9 interactive exercises (including timed practice of an interpreter introduction)

  • 5 audio recordings of indirect speech to be converted to direct speech

  • A model interpreter introduction

  • 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 what interpreting protocols are, their purpose and why they matter.

  • Know how to perform four basic interpreting protocols professionally.

  • Be able to select a position for all parties that supports direct communication.

  • Be familiar with advantages and disadvantages of various interpreter positions.

  • Understand why to avoid eye contact while interpreting (with differences between spoken and signed interpreting).

  • Know what to do with your gaze while you interpret.

  • Be able to conduct a professional interpreter introduction. 

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