Legal Court Interpreter - Spanish (Advanced)

160 Hours / 16 Weeks / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

The Advanced (8-unit) English - Spanish Course for Court Interpreters provides in-depth training to legal interpreters. Students are expected to be fully bilingual in both languages. This course offers a comprehensive approach to theoretical and practical training for aspiring and working legal interpreters.

It consists of six major components distributed among eight units.

Course Outline:

Fundamental Legal Concepts:
  • The Interpreter Role in the U.S. Justice System
  • Overview of the U.S. Legal System
  • Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Civil Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
Types of Crimes and Stages of Criminal Procedure
  • Stages of the Criminal Justice System: Overview
  • Types of Crimes: A to Z
  • Crime, Investigation, Arrest, Booking
  • First appearance; Disposition of Cases Other than by Trial
  • Preliminary Hearing, Grand Jury, Arraignment on Indictment/Information, Pre-Trial Procedures
  • Trial: Jury Selection; Opening Statements; Presentation of Evidence
  • Trial: Examination of Witnesses; Objections, Rebuttal and Sur-Rebuttal; Closing Argument
  • Trial: Jury Instructions; Deliberations; Verdict
  • Sentencing; Appeal; Corrections; Probation and Parole; the Writ of Habeas Corpus
Court Interpreter Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Overview of the Enacted Codes of Ethics for Court Interpreters and NAJIT Position Papers
  • Accuracy and Completeness
  • Representation of Qualifications
  • Impartiality and Avoidance of Conflict of Interest
  • Professional Demeanor Confidentiality Restriction of Public Comment. Case Study: the Camayd-Freixas case and My Guantanamo book
  • Scope of practice
  • Assessing and reporting impediments to performance
  • Duty to report ethical violations
  • Professional development
  • Final Examination
Interpretation Theory
  • Overview of Interpretation Modes
  • Sight Translation
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Consecutive Interpretation and Note-Taking
  • Taking Care of Your Voice
  • Telephonic Interpretation
  • Taking Care of your Body and Coping with Stress
Skill-Building Practical Exercises

Students will complete multiple interpretation exercises that have been designed to develop their simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation interpretation skills as well as 8 terminology audio drills.

The course includes: 39 chapters; 23 quizzes; 23 glossaries; 4 videos; the Initial and Final Interpretation Performance Evaluation Tests in three modes of interpretation; multiple interpretation exercises and terminology drills; including 6 exercises to be evaluated by the instructor.
 


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**