Interpreting Courses

These audio presentations will transform the way you look at the interpreting profession. They are recorded in English to assist interpreters of all languages. They provide the "ultimate" way to make progress in your professional development. All aspects of interpreting are addressed: advanced interpreting techniques, ethics, interpreter challenges, interpreter style, multicultural awareness, and psychological dynamics affecting interpreter matters. All the practice exercises and formulas presented are taken from actual cases. Interpreters nationwide use them for their professional development. In addition, the Judicial Council of California has approved them as a non-instructor led CIMCE course. Click on each individual course title for detailed information.

A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law
Anatomy of a Deposition
Arraignment of Sentencing
Cars, Lemons, and Justice
Check Interpreter
Discrimination
Elder Abuse
Intellectual Property
Jail Interviews
Juvenille Court
Medical Proceedings
Off the Record
Paralanguage/ Body Language
Polygraph Tests
Premises Liability/ Loss of Consortium
Psychological Evaluations
Real Estate Essentials
Sexual Harassment
State of Mind
Toxic Torts
Trial Interpreter
Working with Children

A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law is designed to teach interpreters the fundamental differences between these two branches of the law.  This guide is clear and concise.  All concepts are presented in a contrasting fashion emphasizing key points and vocabulary. For example:

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Anatomy of a Deposition is a step-by-step analysis of the deposition process.  It provides the interpreter with a solid foundation regarding interpreter style issues and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  The most commonly used admonitions and closing stipulation are provided. Other pertinent areas covered are:

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Arraignment to Sentencing illustrates the process a defendant is subjected to in the Criminal Justice System. This is a very thorough review for certified court interpreters, and an excellent study guide for those who are preparing for the oral component of the court, consortium or federal court interpreter exam.  Detailed explanations of the functions and psychological dynamics of the Grand Jury, the preliminary hearing, the pre-trial conference, and the trial stages are presented. The following simultaneous interpretation exercises taken from actual cases are provided:

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Cars, Lemons & Justice teaches interpreters the fundamentals of automobile terminology within the context of civil and criminal law, with an emphasis on automobile accidents, the Lemon Law and wrongful death cases. Among the areas covered are as follows:

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Check Interpreter examines the controversial issue regarding the use of “check” interpreters in the private sector.  It provides workable solutions so that both the plaintiff and defense side interpreters can work together effectively within the limited parameters set forth by the Interpreter Code of Ethics.  It compares how second interpreter errors are handled in court proceedings versus depositions. A step-by-step guide of how to brief the attorneys, the active interpreter, and the check interpreter is presented. Recommendations on how to address the following language expert issues are provided:

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Discrimination teaches the key principles of age, pregnancy, and race discrimination cases.  It provides an extensive list of all the laws that are generally cited in Discrimination cases, along with the corresponding acronyms.  Other areas addressed are as follows:

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Elder Abuse is a comprehensive study of the factors surrounding this difficult subject matter. Not only does it educate the interpreter about the sad reality of the exploitation of vulnerable older adults, but it also gives the interpreter a solid foundation of the wide spectrum of vocabulary covered in these proceedings. In addition, the following areas are addressed:

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Intellectual Property (IP) teaches the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law with an emphasis on cases dealing with musical groups. In addition, it explores interpreter style techniques recommended for cases dealing with subject-matter the interpreter is unfamiliar with. Included in this lesson are:

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Jail Interviews explores the dynamics of interviews conducted in jail facilities connected to cases where the defendants are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, as well as interpreter style techniques, confession tapes, DNA cases, and evaluations performed by forensic psychologists. Other areas covered are:

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Juvenile Court teaches the fundamental differences between juvenile courts and criminal courts, the role and challenges of the interpreter, and the psychological dynamics at hand. In addition, the following areas are covered:

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Medical Proceedings provides a solid foundation about medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Although all three fall under the umbrella of Personal Injury Law, each case type has distinct characteristics and challenges. The following areas are presented:

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Off the Record teaches how to manage challenging situations where the interpreter’s work is done partially or totally off the record.  Specific interpreter style techniques are provided for the management of potentially difficult situations, with an emphasis on how to properly address language expert issues. Among the areas covered are:

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Paralanguage/ Body Language teaches how these two aspects of communication directly impact the interpreter’s work. It shows how the interpreter’s use of illustrators, directional gestures, spatial gestures and self-touching negatively affect the interpretation. In addition, it explores the following areas:

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Polygraph Tests teaches interpreters the fundamentals of polygraph testing used in criminal matters, the pitfalls of using an interpreter in this type of setting, and recommended interpreter style techniques. In addition, the following areas are covered:

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Premises Liability/ Loss of Consortium examines the dynamics of Premises Liability lawsuits filed in conjunction with Loss of Consortium claims.  Emphasis is placed on the following areas:

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Psychological Evaluations teaches the fundamentals of criminal court ordered psychological evaluations.  Emphasis is placed on the role of the interpreter as the language expert.  Interpreting techniques to deal with cultural and language interferences are provided.  Among the areas covered are:

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Real Estate Essentials teaches the fundamentals of Real Estate and Eminent Domain Law.  It provides interpreter style techniques to tackle the contract-intensive aspect of Real Estate Law. Other areas covered are:

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Sexual Harassment provides an overview of sexual harassment labor laws.  It addresses specific interpreter challenges that come up on a regular basis, as well as the following areas:

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State of Mind is a powerful presentation addressing the psychological dynamics involved in interpreter-assisted matters.  It examines the state of mind of the main players:  the attorneys, the non-English speakers and the jury.  It examines the following areas:

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Toxic Torts addresses the complexities involved in this type of litigation.  You will learn interpreter style techniques for “Preservation of Testimony” proceedings dealing with terminally ill patients.  Among the areas covered are:

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Trial Interpreter teaches interpreters how to perfect their trial interpreter style. It includes techniques on how to effectively work with court reporters, how to prepare for challenging interpreter foundational voir dires, and how to professionally handle challenges that come up specifically in trials. In addition, the following valuable forms are included:

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Working with Children teaches interpreter style techniques to be used when working with children involved in dog bite cases, sexual abuse cases, and court proceedings filed through civil, criminal, and dependency court. It addresses how cultural interference affects the dynamics of proceedings with minors. In addition, the following areas are explored:

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