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There are eleven vendors found under the translation and interpretation contract. Contact information for companies under contract to provide interpretation/translation for Kansas State agencies and political subdivisions (school districts, etc.) can be found in this document: Interpreter/Translator Vendor List (.pdf)


Interpreting Basics: An Introduction to Healthcare and Social Services Interpreting (1037207) (activated 11/2012)

This course is intended to introduce potential community interpreters to basic interpreting concepts and the Interpreters’ Code of Ethics. It specifically discusses confidentiality as the most important rule of interpreting. Individuals who want to become interpreters are encouraged to continue development of their skills and to seek out continued interpreting education. Individuals that successfully complete this training and the post-test will receive a certificate of completion.

Objectives: Part 1

  1. Define the job (role) of an interpreter.
  2. Explain how to begin an interpreting session.
  3. Describe why interpreting is a difficult profession.
  4. Explain the importance of the Interpreters’ Code of Ethics.
  5. Identify why confidentiality is the most important and most difficult rule in interpreting.
  6. Explain what an interpreter must do to continue self-development as an interpreter.
  7. Describe steps for self-care as an interpreter.

Objectives: Part 2

  1. Explain why accuracy in interpreting is essential.
  2. Explain why positioning is important.
  3. Describe the two different types of interpreting: consecutive and simultaneous.
  4. Explain intervention used to clarify communication.
  5. Explain why and how an interpreter must interpret for meaning.
  6. Recognize a sight translation situation at a hospital or clinic.
  7. Explain the critical importance of developing as a professional interpreter.
  8. List steps for self-care as an interpreter.