JBCC/OCA-approved court interpreting workshop to be held

AATIA will offer an all-day workshop for court interpreters on July 18, 2015. Presenters will be the ever-popular Eta Trabing and AATIA’s own Tony Beckwith.The workshop will include the mandatory ethics component and will enable interpreters who are licensed by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) within the Office of Court Administration (OCA) to fulfill their entire continuing education requirement for the year.

Tony’s presentation will focus on the difficulties of translating and interpreting the underlying meaning in seemingly simple texts. The presentation will include hands-on exercises that will challenge participants’ ability to think beyond the literal and find creative ways to express themselves in another language. The exercises will be based on language-neutral texts so that all can participate regardless of their language pair.

Eta’s presentation will cover a mélange of items, including how to handle badly written texts or badly spoken language, the difficulties of dealing with different varieties/dialects of a language (e.g. variants of Spanish and Arabic spoken in different countries), adjectives with many meanings depending on context, and visualization exercises for translators and interpreters.

Details to follow, but meanwhile save the date!