Office of Continuing & Professional Education

Interpreter Training

This course is intended for those individuals who serve a primary function other than that of interpreter. It is ideal for individuals whose current job responsibilities, bilingual ability, and bicultural understanding lend themselves to performing the duties of an ad-hoc or dual-role interpreter. This course may also serve as an introduction for individuals seeking to pursue North Carolina State Interpreter Certification.

This intensive 12-hour course aims to increase the pool of bilingual or multilingual professionals who are trained to fill an ad-hoc interpreter role for their employer.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the interpreter.
  • Apply the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • Implement a variety of techniques in consecutive interpretation encounters.

Instructor: Kelley Hanna, M.A.

Ms. Hanna is a trained interpreter who served for five years at the 18 th Judicial Circuit of Illinois. In her capacity as judiciary interpreter she facilitated encounters with judges, prosecutors, victim advocates, public defenders, probation officers, guardians ad litem, case workers, law enforcement, county clerks, doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals. She understands from firsthand experience the critical role of the interpreter in facilitating communication between public servants and their patrons. Currently Ms. Hanna instructs introductory- and intermediate-level Spanish courses for UNCW in both traditional and online settings. Ms. Hanna has more than 15 years of experience teaching and designing customized language and training courses.

Additional Training

Spanish Terminology

This four-hour course includes presentation of topic-specific vocabulary and accuracy assessment.

  • Health and the Human Body
  • Legal and Law Enforcement
  • Education and Social Services

How to Work Effectively with an Interpreter

This one- or two-hour course is for personnel who utilize interpreter services. The course can be offered in a “Lunch-n-Learn” format.

  • What to expect: Overview, ethics and techniques of consecutive interpretation
  • Effective collaboration with interpreters
  • Culture and cultural interference
  • Do’s and don’ts