WORKSHOP: “Comparative Analysis of the National Medical Interpreter Certification Processes”

The Berkeley Language Institute , in partnership with the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA) is hosting a workshop comparing the certification processes for national medical interpreters.

It is held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 1 – 4:14 pm at the Berkeley Language Institute (1840 Alcatraz Ave. Suite C-1B, Berkeley, CA 94703). For details and to register, please click here.

Bilingual schools in the bay area

The bay area has a multitude of bilingual schools to offer, in a wide range of languages. Some languages include Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Cantonese & Mandarin schools:

American International Montessori School (Berkeley, P-6)
Global Montessori International School (Berkeley, P-6)
Pacific Rim International School (Emeryville, P-12)
Shouren Chinese School (Oakland, K-8)
Shu Ren International School (Berkeley, P-8)
Starlite School (Oakland, P)
Yu Ming Charter School (Oakland, K-8)

Farsi schools:

Golestan Kids (Berkeley, P-6)

French schools:

Lycée Français de San Francisco (San Francisco, P-12)
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (Berkeley, P-8)
French American International High School (San Francisco, 9-12)
French for Fun (Lafayette, P)
Les Petits Francophones (Oakland, P)
The Renaissance School (Oakland, P-6)

German schools:

Bay Area Kinder Stube (Albany, P)
German International School (Berkeley, K-8)
German American International School (Menlo Park, P-8)

Russian schools:

Cheburashka Home Daycare (Berkeley, P)
Berkeley Russian School (Berkeley, P-12)

Spanish schools:

Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland, P-K)



Berkeley Language Institute hosts an introductory workshop:


The Berkeley Language Institute is offering a 4-hour introductory course about the translation/interpretation industry.

The Business Side of Translation and Interpreting [4 hrs.]

Instructor: Francine Kuipers, Director of The Berkeley Language Institute
Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fee: $55.00 per person (5% discount for students)

Our 4 hour workshop is an introduction to the business world of translators and interpreters. It covers the following topics:

  • Terminology: translator, transcriber, consecutive and simultaneous interpreter, voice talent, etc.
  • Certifications
  • How to market yourself and network
  • Trade associations
  • Employee vs ‘Outside’ Contractor
  • Continuing education
  • Cost and turnaround estimates
  • Contracts
  • Protocols
  • Code of ethics

This seminar, conducted in English, applies to anyone interested in becoming a professional translator and/or interpreter.

Sign up now on our registration page to guarantee your seat in this course. Registration is open until March 12th, 2014.
Enrollment is limited!