A coalition of professionals in Minneapolis and St. Paul, members of the Twin Cities Interpreter Project, were concerned about improving the quality of interpreting for people who do not speak English in Minnesota. They sought to identify outstanding models of interpreter training; to find out how they are organized, staffed, and funded; and to discover if such training programs can significantly improve an interpreter's professional competence. They studied twenty-five programs in North America and Europe and did on-site visits at six of them. This report of the study includes descriptions of the training programs, an analysis and comparison of their characteristics, and observations on the importance of the training that such programs provide.
Supported by a planning grant from the Bush Foundation to The Service League of Hennepin County Medical Center; the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota; and the Office of International Education, University of Minnesota.
Downing, Bruce T.; Helms Tillery, Kate.
Professional Training for Community Interpreters: A Report on Models of Interpreter Training and the Value of Training..
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
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