New Mexico Center For Language Access

Professional Development

Online classes offered in collaboration with NCSC
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The following are offered by he New Mexico Center for Language Access in partnership with the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts.

See Calendar.

REGISTRATION

Professional development classes posted on this page do NOT require application. To register:

  1. Visit our admissions & registration page, fill out and submit the registration form online.

 

Additional Online Professional Development Classes

ENGLISH-SPANISH CRIMINAL & PROCEDURE LAW TERMINOLOGY I (ONLINE)

This class has been approved for 12 NM Certified Court Interpreter/Justice System Interpreter continuing education hours. This class introduces students to the most common terms of criminal and procedure law, the legal concepts behind them and how to translate legal terms based on a model of functional equivalency. The class will greatly enhance students' terminological knowledge and prepare them for classes in consecutive and simultaneous court interpreting.
Duration: 4 weeks. Instructor: Sandro Tomasi. Start date: see calendar

PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THIS COURSE

While the online environment offers great flexibility, it is not for everybody. You are not required to have special computer skills, but some computer literacy is needed. Because most of our students have not taken online training before, we strive to make our courses user-friendly. However, as an online course, you may be challenged to use and develop new computer skills, you will not receive immediate feedback and your learning will be dependent upon the time you invest in the exercises and assignments. Before you register, make certain that you are committed to both the work required and to making the online learning environment work for you.

ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING

Upon registration, participants receive a welcome message from the instructor and log into the class with a username and password. Participants also receive a student packet with the syllabus and information on the course.

There is no fixed schedule - participants do not have to be logged in at a specific time--, but they are required to complete their assignments within the deadlines set forth by the instructors.

While the course's schedule is very flexible, participants are expected to commit a minimum of five hours a week to complete their assignments. Consistent and continuous practice is key to the successful completion of the course. For this purpose, homework is assigned twice a week and must be submitted by the established deadlines.

Participants will practice extensively in the mode of interpreting they have selected using realistic courtroom audio. Participants record and submit their assignments for feedback, using NMCLA's proprietary audio recording software.

Activities include readings, quizzes, forums, videos, interpreting practice and glossary-building exercises.

EQUIPMENT, HARDARE & SOFTWARE NEEDED

Be sure to have this equipment ready before the first day of the course. You will need:

  • A computer running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system or higher, or Apple OSX or higher.
  • A headset that can plug into your computer, built in or external microphone, and high-speed internet connection. Examples of headsets can be found here .
  • Web Browser: IE7+, Firefox, Mozilla, Chrome, Safari
  • JAVA: If using a Windows operating system then go to the Java website to check if you have the latest version installed. If you're using Mac OSX 1.3 or greater then you have Java. Simply go to the "Software Updates" option under the Apple menu to ensure that it is up-to-date. Adobe reader (to download and view pdf files). To download it for free, go to Adobe's website.

 

FACE-TO-FACE AND HYBRID
(FACE-TO-FACE + ONLINE)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (FACE-TO-FACE - ONLINE)

INTENSIVE FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSION INTENSIVE FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSION MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (FACE-TO-FACE - ONLINE)   

Program Includes:

  • Face-to-face intensive training session at UNM School of Law
  • Practice simultaneous interpreting examination (administered under the same conditions of the consortium's examination).
  • Guided court observations
  • Volunteer program at UNM Law Clinic (as opportunities become available)
  • Interpreting for jurors at UNM School of Law Mock Trials
  • 6-week online test preparation with instructor

Start date: see calendar. Requisites: Must have taken NM Court Interpreter Orientation in 2012 or 2013. Must have passed the Consortium Written Examination. NMCLA admission process required.

INTENSIVE FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSION

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (FACE-TO-FACE - ONLINE) MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (FACE-TO-FACE - ONLINE) MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (FACE-TO-FACE - ONLINE)

Session Includes:

  1. Professionalism and marketing of language services
  2. Overview of final examinations
  3. Intensive practice in the three modes of interpreting
  4. Practice simultaneous examination (administered under the same conditions of the consortium's examination)
  5. Mini mock trial
  6. Interpreting for jurors
  7. Language-specific session

Start date: see calendar. Requisites: same as Mentorship Program.