Course Offerings

“Geek Offerings” at a glance (scroll down for information and registration):

  • All about the Federal Exam (Spanish FCICE)
  • Private and Small Group Coaching
  • Monthly Workshops (Court and medical interpreters of all languages welcome!)

ALL ABOUT THE FEDERAL EXAM

Geek out for FREE with Athena Sky Interpreting and Interpretrain!
Tips for passing the Federal Exam: A recording of this live webinar is available ON YOUTUBE. Enjoy!

Geek out for FREE during the Federal Exam Coffee Hour!
Tips for passing both sections of the Federal Exam. Enjoy! 

FCICE ORAL EXAM TIPS AND TRICKS! 
Date: Sunday, February 21st, 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $99 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $79 if registered by February 7th!)
CE hours: NM (3) FL (Pending)
The Federal Oral Exam is fast approaching, and nerves are beginning to fry. There are many who hope to make it to the finish line, and only few will achieve it. BE AMONG THOSE FEW! In this workshop, we will discuss tips and tricks for maximizing your study time between now and the exam, and strategies for making the most of the exam day itself. We will explore stress management and optimization plans, so that you can walk into the exam with an arsenal of tools at your disposal. Scoring units? Exam day jitters? Expert witness topics? We’ve got you covered. If you want to be one of the 4-6% of candidates who make it to FCICE certification, this workshop is a must!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Federal Oral Exam Master Class 
Date: March 1st 2021-June 7th 2021
Interpretrain and Athena Sky Interpreting are delighted to be collaborating on this incredible project. From March through June 2021, aspiring federal interpreters (EN-ES) will join us for our Master Class, working individually, in groups, and in classes five nights a week. They will receive guidance on reaching expert levels of proficiency for all three modes of interpreting. They will also prepare for the mental challenge of managing this difficult and stressful exam in a collaborative, supportive environment. We’d love to have you join us so we can guide you on your journey.
Interested in more information? CLICK HERE to view our info-session on YouTube.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY!


PRIVATE AND SMALL GROUP COACHING

Geek Out with Private Coaching: $99/hr OR Package of 4: $89/hr 
These sessions are scheduled at your convenience, and are completely tailored to you. The instructor will listen to you interpret (using materials of your choosing) and give you specific feedback. We will evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and create a study plan just for you!
CLICK HERE to register. You’ll receive an email followup.

Geek Out with Asynchronous Interpreter Coaching:
$49/recording

This is a completely asynchronous offering, meaning that you schedule it whenever is convenient for you. First, record yourself interpreting (up to 10 minutes). Send me your recording and corresponding text and I’ll return my feedback to you within two weeks. This is perfect for identifying your personal weaknesses and strengths, and for creating a study plan that is tailored for you. Don’t miss this chance for individualized pointers from an experienced mentor! Together we will improve your confidence, increase your test scores, and help you become the best interpreter you can be.
CLICK HERE to register. You’ll receive an email followup.


MONTHLY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Court and Medical Interpreters of  all languages are welcome! 

ZEN AND THE ART OF INTERPRETING
Date: Sunday, January 24th, 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $79 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $59 if registered by January 10th!)
CE hours: PA-3 TX-2.75 ID-2.5 NM-3 CA-3 NV-3 OH-3 DE-3 (Florida pending)
The interpreter’s job is stressful. On our path to certification, we have to conquer test situations with unknown content and terminology with no chance for clarification. Meanwhile in real life, the attorneys are convinced they can interpret better than us, and the doctors won’t give us time to finish a sentence. Usually, the entire room is staring at us while we work. The best we can hope for is to do a good job and go unnoticed, but when we do mess up, everyone has something to say. In this workshop, we will explore keeping a zen mindset while under pressure. In other words, faking it until you make it. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, we will practice how to keep cool, calm and collected, even under the most difficult of circumstances. If you would like to instill confidence on the outside even when inwardly, you’re trembling, this workshop is for you!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

ETHICS: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF…?
Date: Sunday, March 21st, 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $79 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $59 if registered by March 7th!)
CE hours: PENDING
What would you do if a judge or a doctor asked you not to interpret something? What if you knew the litigant is lying? What if your actions could seriously impact somebody else’s future? In this workshop, we will compile your real-life ethical dilemmas. We will compare and contrast the medical and court interpreting codes of ethics, and explore strategies for ethically fulfilling your obligations in various settings. As a large group and in breakouts, you will decide what you would do in a variety of situations. You will leave the workshop armed with tools and strategies for real-life ethical decision making. Medical and court interpreters are welcome. See you there!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

DIVING DEEPER: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! 
Date: Sunday, April 25th, 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $79 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $59 if registered by April 11th!)
CE hours: PENDING
Are you frustrated that those utterances just won’t stick? Do you think your notes are hindering you more than they are helping? This webinar will offer a deep dive into consecutive interpretation, a mode that frustrated your instructor as well, until she dove beneath the surface. We will consider the challenges posed to us by this interpreting modality, and brainstorm specific strategies to resolving obstacles that stand in our path. We will also approach note-taking from a new angle, armed with skills of analysis and deeper comprehension. If you are hoping to bring your consecutive skills to the next level, this course is for you!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

SAILING THRU SIGHT
Date: Sunday, May 23rd, 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $79 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $59 if registered by May 9th!)
CE hours: PENDING
Do you ever feel like you are slogging through mud when you try to perform a sight translation? It seems like it should be so simple. The words are right there in front of you. And yet, that’s kind of the problem. The words stick to you. In your search for equivalents, your delivery falters, full of backtracking and fillers. Syntactical tricks trap you with each sentence. Sight Translation is the often overlooked mode of interpretation that really deserves a workshop of its own, and that is what we will be doing in Sailing Thru Sight. We will compare and contrast texts from interpreting exams and real life scenarios (including text messages and the abominable abbreviations that arise!) and explore strategies for improving delivery. If you would like to attain ease and confidence in the sight translation mode, this workshop is for you!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

BRAIN TRAINING
Date: Sunday, June 27th , 4pm-7pm EST
Cost: $79 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $59 if registered by June 13th!)
CE hours: PENDING
Are you making the most of your brain muscle? Or do you sometimes feel sluggish, slow, and just a bit…tired? Interpreters need their brains to be in tip-top shape. We need lightning reflexes, excellent recall, and quick processing skills. This is easier said than done! In this workshop, we will explore brain health, and what it means to keep our brain muscle exercised. We will then perform a series of hands-on practices designed to keep your cerebral cortex properly firing. If you would like to get a brain workout, you have come to the perfect place!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

All courses are given online. The courses are still rigorous and hands-on, but nobody has to commute anywhere! Payment is non-refundable. Private coaching times are flexible until 24 hours in advance, at which point no changes are permitted. For webinar Certificates of Attendance to be issued, attendees must be present and participate in the entire event. 


POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Please do not reproduce or share without permission. The materials are intended to be shared with registered participants only. 

ATA October 2017: Trusting Your Memory

AAIT April 2018: AAIT Advanced Skills

NAJIT June 2018: Lots of Resources for LOTS Interpreters

NAJIT June 2018: Federal Interpreters or Bust!

ATA October 2018: Two Roads Diverge