Practice the Modes of Interpreting

SKU#: 23 Practice the Modes
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An in-depth introduction to the three modes of interpreting—consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation—with practice, tips and strategies for professional growth.

Course length: 2 hours

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused. 

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters: 2 CCHI CE hours (Performance-Based)
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.2 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • Washington State Department of Social Health Services: 2 DSHS CECs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2 CE credits
  • Washington State Court Interpreter Program: 2 CEUs
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Practice three modes of interpreting: consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation.
  • Perform five steps for sight translation.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor:  Barry Slaughter Olsen, MA
  • 11 interactive exercises
  • 1 video demonstration of an interpreter in action
  • 1 role play in 9 language pairs (done once in consecutive, once in simultaneous)
  • 3 self-assessment handouts
  • 1 chunking practice text
  • 4 audio exercises for simultaneous
  • 3 subject-matter handouts (medical, educational, human services)
  • Specific strategies for continuing practice
  • The CALL tool to help decide whether or not to sight translate a document
  • 5 steps for sight translation
  • Clear guidance on summarization (for out-of-control situations)
  • Sections 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:

  • Have a clear foundation for understanding the three modes of interpreting.
  • Build a repertoire of tools and techniques to use both while interpreting and while engaging in study, practice and professional growth.
  • Have access to a treasure trove of tips and tools on how to execute the modes well.
  • Be better equipped to make decisions about when to use simultaneous.
  • Have a tool to help you decide to accept or decline a request to sight translate.
  • Know when—and why—summarization may be both permissible and necessary in community and medical interpreting.
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