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Court Interpreter Training offered at WSC

The Colorado Association of Professional Interpreters, in conjunction with Western State College Extended Studies, is offering a five-day intensive workshop on Spanish-English interpretation skills, geared toward court interpreting, from Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3.



This is a great opportunity to take interpreting skills to the next level, with five days of instruction and intensive practice with colleagues. The workshop will provide 16 continuing education credit hours recognized by the Colorado Judicial Department.
Full scholarships are available to Gunnison County residents according to Layne Nelson, director of extended studies at Western.
Registration cost for this five-day workshop is $450 for CAPI members and $475 for non-members.
The workshop will focus on all aspects of interpretation, and practice for each mode of interpretation will help strengthen the other modes being learned.
In sight translation, students will learn to quickly scan a document, identify potential pitfalls and then interpret the document into the other language, focusing on accurately interpreting the content and a smooth delivery.
In consecutive interpretation, students will work with extemporaneous speeches, legal scripts and non-legal material to practice the skills of note-taking, active listening, memory exercises and delivery.
During the simultaneous portion of the course, students will work with recordings at different speeds to practice divided attention, shadowing and delivery.
Instructors will listen to students and provide feedback. Participants will be grouped by skill level for small group practice and a variety of materials will be used for each mode of interpretation.
The course will be geared to court interpreting to assist those preparing for certification exams, but a variety of materials designed to improve students’ general interpreting skills and challenge beginner, intermediate and advanced interpreters will be used.
To register online, go to, or fill out and send the registration form to Western State College, Extended Studies, Taylor 206, Gunnison, CO 81231, or fax it to (970) 943-7068. On-campus housing is available.
Registration and housing information can be found on the web at For more information contact the extended studies offices at (970) 943-2885, or email

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