Spanish Community Interpreting Specialization
Students pursuing the Spanish T&I degree track may want to add a 10-unit specialization focusing on legal, medical, educational, and social service interpreting to their studies.
This specialization is designed to complement the T&I degree track with professional and linguistic knowledge needed for the fields of legal, medical, social service and educational interpreting. Courses are offered during the J-term (January) and during an intensive 6-week summer session, culminating in preparation for the court and medical certification exams.
To enroll in the specialization, please contact Professor Holly Mikkelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not enrolled in one of our degree programs, but are interested in this type of professional work, please see information on our Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate program.
Spanish Community Interpreting Specialization Curriculum
Community Interpreting as a Profession
History, controlling laws and regulations, professional ethics and standards, role of the interpreter in different settings, client relations, job market
Medical Concepts and Terminology
Anatomy, organ systems, diseases, symptoms, medical specialties, diagnostic methods & devices, insurance & billing, administrative procedures & protocols, biomedical culture
Legal Concepts and Terminology
Court system, criminal & civil procedure and related terms, criminal offenses, specialized terms (criminalistics, drugs, firearms)
Written & Sight Translation of Medical Text E><S
Instructions (prescriptions, pre-op, discharge, etc.), simple consent forms, reports
Written & Sight Translation of Legal Texts E><S
Court forms, reports (police, probation, forensic), instructions, affidavits, complaints, personal documents
Social Services & Education Interpreting E><S
Consecutive interpreting of interviews, counseling sessions, parent-teacher meetings, simultaneous interpreting of public meetings, consultations, disciplinary hearings
Medical Interpreting E><S
Dialog interpreting of medical encounters, simultaneous interpreting of meetings, consultations, instructional sessions
Legal Interpreting E><S
Consecutive interpreting of interviews and testimony, simultaneous interpreting of arraignments, motions, trial proceedings and testimony
Certification Exam Prep
Part #1 Mock Medical Certification Exam
Part #2 Mock Court Certification Exam