- Are you looking to elevate the level of your interpreting skills?
- Do you have a limited amount of time to practice and want maximum impact from what you do?
- Are you on a budget and looking for no-cost options?
Check out this free online course on effective skill-focused practice. It is the first offering in Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters, a self-directed track from the CATIE Center’s Dive In project.
Step by Step: Effective Skill-Focused Practice for Novice Interpreters
Welcome to “Step by Step: Effective Skill- Focused Practice for Novice Interpreters.” In this course, you’ll learn about characteristics of effective skill-focused practice, do a self-check activity designed to help you identify areas for improvement related to effective practice, and then dive deeper into materials and activities designed to help you improve your practice skills & habits.
Someone who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- describe characteristics of effective skill-focused practice
- identify areas for improvement in your practice skills & habits
- explore resources to support more effective practice, with specific reference to at least two of your identified areas for improvement
- create a practice plan for 4 weeks
- report back on successes & challenges related to skill-focused practice carrying out your plan.
The expected time commitment for this course is approximately 8-14 hours of engaging with the material, planning and self-assessment, and engaging in discussions on the learning platform, and an additional 10+ hours engaged in skill-development focused practice. This time will be spread out over 5-7 weeks.
A Note on CEUs
Because our grant is focused on novice interpreters working toward certification, CEUs are not offered. Interpreters interested in CEUs can initiate a PINRA with an RID approved sponsor.
For a PINRA application, you need the following information:
- Flyer for the course: Flyer available as a Google Doc. You can download as a PDF to include with your PINRA application.
- CEUs to request: 1.0 CEUs in Professional Studies
- Workshop Description and Agenda: Available as Google Doc. You can download this page as a PDF to include with your PINRA application.
- Documentation of Learning: This course will take at least 10 hours to complete and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end that you can share with your sponsor. Additionally, if your sponsor requires reflections on what you have learned, you can copy your reflections from the course to share with them.
- Dates of Activity: You can choose to start the activity any time before October 31, 2023. When you complete the course is up to you, but there will be no facilitation after October 31.
Registration will be open from October 1-31, 2023.
The registration form will provide you a link to enroll in a free Canvas course. It will also ask for optional demographic information which will be helpful for the CATIE Center in evaluating the effectiveness of these resources for supporting the diversity of novice interpreters who are entering the interpreting field.
About Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters
This course is part of a series developed by the Dive In project of the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Each module will have a facilitator from the CATIE Center who monitors a Support Forum. The activities are designed so that you can do them asynchronously. Though possible to do independently, we encourage you to either join as a group and work through the material together – or use the introduction forum to seek out others in the course who might work with you in the discussions. Collaborative learning can be a really important tool in professional development.