Did you know about Berkeley Language Institute?

In our first post we mentioned a sister company of Accent on Languages: Berkeley Language Institute.

BLI offers training to become an interpreter and/or a translator.

If you are bilingual and interested in finding out  about these programs, contact Francine Kuipers at francinek@aol.com

BLI provides professional training for healthcare interpreters, bilingual staff, and other healthcare professional looking to enhance their knowledge and medical interpretation skills, as well as their cultural competency. Ethics and protocols in a Healthcare setting are part of the training. http://www.berkeleylanguageinstitute.com/assessment.html.

The training is offered on hospital premises by our coaches, who are all professional interpreters with extensive experience in medical interpreting. Our instructors have years of experience providing language services to prestigious medical institutions such as the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and also at countless private practices throughout the United States.

After an initial evaluation of the healthcare interpreters, a program is designed to meet the interpreters’ needs.  It includes: role-playing, medical terminology, pacing, protocols, memory exercises, sight translation, and cultural competency. A certificate of completion is given to interpreters who have completed the training and have met the requirements.

Learn more about BLI. Visit http://www.berkeleylanguageinstitute.com/.

American Translators Association (ATA)

From ATA’s website:

[ATA is a professional association founded to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. Its 11,000 members in more than 90 countries include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

Association membership is available to individuals (Active, Corresponding, Associate, Student) and organizations (Corporate, Institutional).

One of ATA‘s primary missions has been to promote the professional development of translators and interpreters. The association holds a number of conferences throughout the year in support of this goal.

The ATA Annual Conference  is held each fall in a major city or popular resort area. This four-day event showcases panel discussions, expert presentations, training workshops, and scholarly papers. The conference also features a job marketplace, a vendor exhibit hall, certification testing, and networking sessions designed to build professional contacts for attendees. ATA members receive discounted conference registration rates as a membership benefit.]Look for upcoming events at The Northen California Translators Association (NCTA), our local chapter of ATA.