Sharpen Your Accuracy! Message Transfer Skills for Interpreters

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Course description: Guidance on how to improve interpreter accuracy by practicing key cognitive processes and “component skills” such as anticipation, parroting and paraphrasing.

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:

  • Practice three cognitive processes: anticipating, multitasking and message analysis.

  • Perform two skills-building techniques: parroting (shadowing) and paraphrasing.


What you will get:

  • Your video host: Barry Slaughter Olsen, MA

  • 10 interactive exercises

  • Specific practice techniques featured in most university interpreting programs

  • Guidance on how to continue professional development in message transfer skills beyond this course

  • Handouts (medical, educational and human services texts)

  • 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:

  • Your accuracy will improve.

  • You will know how to practice the skills that help you convert a message from one language to another with skill.

  • You will understand what message transfer is and how component skills practice helps you interpret well.

  • You will know how to engage in continuing education and professional growth.

  • As others see the improvements in your performance, they will want you to come back to interpret for them.

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