Course Offerings

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

  • Free webinar with Interpretrain!
  • Asynchronous Coaching
  • Private Coaching
  • Office Hours with Athena
  • Forty Hour Medical Course with de la Mora Interpreter Training!


Geek out for FREE with Athena Matilsky and Virginia Valencia!
Tips for Passing the Federal Exam: A recording of this live webinar is available ON YOUTUBE. Enjoy!

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.

Geek Out with Private Coaching: $89/1-hour Session
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!

Geeky Office Hours With Athena: $45/2-hour session
Office hours is a new way to meet live with an instructor and other classmates and colleagues. They will be offered throughout the year, each time focusing on a specific topic (topic suggestions are welcome). Make sure to register in advance! In order to establish a fun, interactive group experience, a minimum of five sign-ups is needed to move forward. Confirmation and login details will be sent out the week before class. 

  • Conference Consecutive for Court Interpreters
    Not all utterances are created equal, and interpretations are based not on words alone. The expert interpreter must be able to look past the words to the ideas. S/he must assimilate the logic of the phrase and organize it appropriately in their minds before pen hits paper. In this workshop, participants will learn to organize their thoughts the way that conference interpreters do, by analyzing the structure of 2-3 minute speeches. This will allow for better focus and the ability to bypass the panic caused by a speaker going beyond a couple of sentences. Participants will then learn how to apply this organization to their written notes for court interpreting. Medical interpreters can benefit as well.
  • Zen and the Art of the Federal Oral Exam
    This workshop was a rousing success in April and July, and is back by popular demand! We will cover last minute cramming and stress-prevention for the federal oral exam. Students will be given an original simulated interpretation practice from The Confident Interpreter. We will then review our renditions for accuracy and also take a look inside at the voices that prevent us from focusing. The instructor will give recommendations for studying as the test date approaches, and for calming nerves and test anxiety.Geek out in collaboration with de la Mora Interpreter Training: Join Athena for a Forty-Hour Medical Interpreter Training. For more information and to register, visit their website, HERE.

All courses are given online. The courses are still rigorous and hands-on, but nobody has to commute anywhere! Payment is non-refundable.


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