Practice the Modes of Interpreting

SKU#: 23 Practice the Modes
Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $60.00
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An in-depth introduction to the three modes of interpreting—consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation—with practice, tips and strategies for professional growth.

All course content is presented in English, with multiple opportunities to practice all your working languages.  That makes the program perfect for interpreters who speak or sign ANY language.

Course length: 2 hours

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused.  If you need more time to complete your course, 90 day extensions are available so you are able to complete your training! Your progress in the course will not be lost and you will be able to continue where you left off. Please contact the 7C staff at for an updated cost to extend access to your course. 

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters: 2 CCHI CE hours (Performance-Based)
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.2 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • Washington State Department of Social Health Services: 2 DSHS CECs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2 CE credits
  • Washington State Court Interpreter Program: 2 CEUs
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Practice three modes of interpreting: consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation.
  • Perform five steps for sight translation.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Barry Slaughter Olsen, MA
  • 11 interactive exercises
  • 1 video demonstration of an interpreter in action
  • 1 role play in 9 language pairs (done once in consecutive, once in simultaneous)
  • 3 self-assessment handouts
  • 1 chunking practice text
  • 4 audio exercises for simultaneous
  • 3 subject-matter handouts (medical, educational, human services)
  • Specific strategies for continuing practice
  • The CALL tool to help decide whether or not to sight translate a document
  • 5 steps for sight translation
  • Clear guidance on summarization (for out-of-control situations)
  • Sections from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting
  • Course completion certificate

How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Have a clear foundation for understanding the three modes of interpreting.
  • Build a repertoire of tools and techniques to use both while interpreting and while engaging in study, practice and professional growth.
  • Have access to a treasure trove of tips and tools on how to execute the modes well.
  • Be better equipped to make decisions about when to use simultaneous.
  • Have a tool to help you decide to accept or decline a request to sight translate.
  • Know when—and why—summarization may be both permissible and necessary in community and medical interpreting.
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