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Basic Interpreter Training

Basic Interpreter Training (BIT) is a 20-hour course for bi- or multi-lingual persons who are providing or have an interest in providing interpretation in health care, but have never had any formal interpreter training. The course teaches theory as well as practical tools and techniques for use while interpreting. Supervisors of interpretation services programs who are not interpreters will also benefit from this course.

Participants (with the exception of non-interpreting supervisors) are expected to be fluent in English (the language of instruction) and one or more additional languages. They should also be committed to participating in the entire course.

The following topics are covered:

  • Code of ethics for interpreters
  • Professional conduct
  • Methods of interpreting
  • Role(s) of the interpreter
  • Navigating meaning
  • Managing communication
  • Interpreting and mediating cultural differences

Participants receive a manual that contains a substantial amount of information on available resources at the local and national level, and will earn a certificate of completion.

Class registration is limited and required. For more information about BIT training, a current class schedule and costs, please contact (515) 247-8255 or email interpreter@mercydesmoines.org.

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