Monterey Institute of International Studies

Advanced Techniques for Court Interpreters

Hone court interpretation techniques while building confidence. 

About this Course 

This five-day, 30-hour course will provide advanced, experienced court interpreters an opportunity to further improve their interpreting techniques. The course is Spanish-language specific.

Designed to enhance both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting and sight translation skills, exercises will also address issues of text anxiety and certification exam preparation.   

The instructors, both federally certified interpreters with many years of teaching experience, will provide extensive individual feedback in our state-of- the-art facilities.

Meet the Instructors

Holly Mikkelson 

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Holly Mikkelson is Adjunct Professor of Translation and Interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is an ATA- certified translator (S>E, E>S) and a state and federally certified court interpreter who has taught translation and interpreting for over 30 years. She is the author of the Acebo interpreter training manuals as well as numerous articles on translation and interpretation, and is a co-author of Fundamentals of Court Interpretation: Theory, Policy and Practice. Professor Mikkelson has consulted with many state and private entities on interpreter testing and training and has presented lectures and workshops to interpreters and related professionals throughout the world.

Esther Navarro-Hall

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Esther M. Navarro-Hall is a Freelance Conference Interpreter, Trainer and Consultant who has worked in the Conference, Corporate, Court, Medical and Community fields for the past 27 years. She holds a Master of Arts in Conference Interpretation (MIIS), Federal Court Certification, and California Certification as a Court and Medical Interpreter. She has also received U.S. State Department, FBI and ATA (E>S) certifications. She has provided training for interpreters, translators, interpreter trainers, law enforcement, the military, various government agencies and medical and courthouse personnel.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, teaching Conference Interpreting (E>S and F>S) and Court Interpreting (E<>S).