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Educational Interpreting—An Emerging Specialization

February 27, 2020

Interpreters have been working in schools for years with little acknowledgment of the complex skills needed to do the job. Now the field of educational interpreting is finally gaining recognition as a specialty—and a career worth considering!

What do educational interpreters do?

Educational interpreters work in a range of settings, from conference-style public board meetings and educational events to legal disciplinary hearings to school press conferences to many special education arenas.

Why is educational interpreting a specialty?

Educational interpreters use skill sets every bit as complicated and nuanced as those used by mental health, workers’ comp, court, and conference interpreters.

Why attend this webinar?

This is an opportunity to be involved in a new specialty just getting off the ground. Attend this webinar to learn how to find work in the field as a freelancer or employee, what skills interpreters in this specialty need to have, and why our profession needs to step up, make space, and provide concrete resources for educational interpreters.

What will you learn?

  • Overview of educational interpreting
  • Understanding the current state of the profession
  • What we can learn from how other interpreting specializations developed
  • Examination of skills required to enter the educational interpreting field
  • Development a national code of ethics and standards of practice

About the presenter

Katharine Allen is a healthcare and community interpreter with more than 30 years of experience in interpreting, training, and curricula design. She holds an MA in Translation and Interpretation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As a passionate educator and trainer, Katharine is a popular presenter at national and international conferences. Her career includes a seven-year stint as an teacher in Glendon College of Translation’s Master in Conference Interpreting program. She is currently an instructor for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Online Interpreting Certificate Program. Katharine is the co-founder and co-president of InterpretAmerica, an organization dedicated to raising the profile of the interpreting profession.

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February 27, 2020
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Presenter(s): Katharine Allen
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): Presented in English
Level: All

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