Many interpreters fall short of passing the oral exam because they lack anote-taking system to effectively prompt their memories. Some try to learn short-hand, a complex system which requires several months (even years) of practice to master.
However, this can become incredibly discouraging, deter your listening, and lead to a general sense of feeling overwhelmed. But not for you!
There is a widely unknown but simple alternative to take notes more clearly and efficiently. Jean François Rozan and Andrew Gillies, two pioneer conference interpreters, provide techniques to significantly streamline note-taking.
The 8-hour live online course will teach you how to master those techniques so you spend less time note-taking and more time listening, a key element to drastically improve your chances of passing the interpreter oral exam.
I practiced and learned Virginia’s note-taking system as I was getting ready to take the FCICE. I spent about 4 months on it on a daily basis and I can honestly say it made a huge difference, not only for the FCICE itself but throughout time as I was able to economize time, focus on some concepts/notes, etc for consecutive interpretation. Highly recommend it to all.
Gonzalo, New Jersey
I am a nationally-certified medical interpreter and teach interpretation in a university program. I wish I had investigated these Interpretrain materials much sooner, because this is an excellent method for teaching note-taking for consecutive interpretation.
Below are some organizations where the techniques of this course have been presented:
Virginia Valencia is a professional psychologist (2001) and a federally certified court interpreter (2008) with over 15 years’ professional experience in the fields of legal, medical, and conference interpretation. She holds a Combined Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies (Hunter College, 2004) and is certified/approved by Superior Courts of NJ (2005), NY (2006), and CA (2012).
In 2007, Virginia founded her educational company, Interpretrain (www.interpretrain.com), which offers game-driven workshops and user-friendly multi-media study tools for interpreters to further improve their professional skills.
This live and interactive program will include:
A PDF version of Interpretrain's Note-Taking Manual
4 online sessions, each one lasting 2 hours
Recordings of all 4 sessions
40-Audio Training Exercises
One personal evaluation of your notes by the instructor
Prizes for the 2 most active students that include free access to selected Interpretrain programs and tools.
When: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm (Pacific Standard Time) from January 15th
Location: The course is offered online using an easy and convenient interface that allows for live and personal instruction between the instructor and a group of students. After the course is completed, students have access to the recorded version to review and continue their training.
Take more efficient notes.
Apply note-taking symbols automatically.
Improve listening skills and memorization when interpreting consecutively.
The workshop is taught completely in English.
The practical elements are drilled through exercises, dictations, and competitive games.