Sharpen Your Accuracy! Message Transfer Skills for Interpreters

SKU#: 22 Sharpen Accuracy
Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $60.00
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Guidance on how to improve interpreter accuracy by practicing key cognitive processes and “component skills” such as anticipation, parroting and paraphrasing.

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
  • 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 cognitive processes: anticipating, multitasking and message analysis.
  • Perform two skills-building techniques: parroting (shadowing) and paraphrasing.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Barry Slaughter Olsen, MA
  • 10 interactive exercises
  • Specific practice techniques featured in most university interpreting programs
  • Guidance on how to continue professional development in message transfer skills beyond this course
  • Handouts (medical, educational and human services texts)
  • 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:

  • Your accuracy will improve.
  • You will know how to practice the skills that help you convert a message from one language to another with skill.
  • You will understand what message transfer is and how component skills practice helps you interpret well.
  • You will know how to engage in continuing education and professional growth.
  • As others see the improvements in your performance, they will want you to come back to interpret for them.
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