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Language-Specific Interpretation Practicum*

In this 15-hour module, participants learn the medical vocabulary necessary to provide competent and accurate medical interpretation. Vocabulary is studied in English and their target language, with dialectic variations discussed.

Areas of vocabulary covered include the following:

  • external and internal anatomy
  • pain terminology
  • medical supplies
  • general terms
  • infections
  • cardiovascular
  • respiratory
  • neurology
  • orthopedics
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • pediatrics
  • urinary and male sexual system
  • digestive system
  • dermatology
  • endocrinology
  • EENT

There is ample time devoted to a variety of role-play activities, allowing participants to learn to interpret through trial and error, practice, and through guidance and analysis of performance.

Other interpreting techniques are also covered, such as note-taking, memory retention, and self-correction monitoring techniques. Additional skills learned are refined, such as educating provider and patient on interpreter’s role, requesting clarification, managing communication flow, and performing effective culture-brokering.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key medical terms in English and target language
  • Demonstrate ability to sight translate various common clinical documents
  • To gain practice and confidence in the performance of interpreting
  • To interpret a variety of medical encounters that utilize context-specific medical terminology
  • Manage the flow of communication between patient and clinician
  • Appropriate use specific techniques, such as note-taking or requesting clarification
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses while interpreting


Demonstrated Fluency in English and one selected target language

TEP Coursebook The Essential Piece 300-page coursebook included with all training sessions. This manual contains readings for all the topics covered in the training, vocabulary and role-plays, and more.


*This hands-on training workshop is offered as part of The Essential Piece comprehensive training program or as a stand-alone workshop.