Trainers Webinar # 37

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This live webinar took place on September 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Central.

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This webinar is approved by CCHI for 1.5 performance-based hours, by ATA for 1 CEP, and for 0.15 IMIA CEUs.


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This webinar is sponsored by

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 Some of the comments received:

  • Very informative and interesting.  Will listen to it again in the recorded mode.
  • Lots of information to absorb but worth attending.  Thank you.
  • Outstanding presentation. Subject knowledge and ability to present it was excellent! Thank you.
  • I like the pace of the presentation. Content was insightful and practical.
  • Fabulous webinar by a fabulous presenter. Very useful concepts and strategies for trainers and interpreters alike. Thank you so much!
  • The content matter and delivery were excellent. I now have many ideas and techniques I can use and tailor for my trainings. Thank you very much for sharing your expertise Ms. Herring
  • I appreciate the webinar presentation.  I believe that the material presented was very well presented and to the point, from tips to ideas on how to help a person learn how to ST.   I personally feel more confident in making a decision of when to sight translate and when not to. Thank you again.


Sight translation—converting written text in one language into spoken (or signed) text in another language—is an important skill for interpreters. While the suggestion to ‘just read it to the patient’ might seem straightforward, sight translation is a cognitively and linguistically demanding task that requires time and practice to master. In addition, decision-making regarding when, where, and how to sight translate requires a nuanced understanding of the strengths and limitations of sight translation, as well as a nuanced understanding of a variety of situational factors. This webinar provides interpreter trainers with an introduction to teaching sight translation. It describes the challenges involved in learning and performing sight translation, discusses decision-making and ethics related to sight translation, and provides practical tips and guidance for educators. 

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Discuss the place of sight translation in the interpreter’s toolkit

  • Learn about common difficulties encountered in sight translation, both in terms of performance and of decision-making/ethics

  • Explore strategies for teaching and learning sight translation

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About the presenter:

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Rachel E. Herring holds an M.A. in Translation and Interpreting from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Masters of Advanced Studies in Interpreter Training from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a Ph.D. in Interpreting from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). She teaches interpreting at Century College (Minnesota) and is an interpreter at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She has presented on interpreting and interpreter training in a variety of venues, and has been involved in the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare's training-of-trainers webinar series. She also developed and facilitated continuing education modules for the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Her academic work centers on expertise studies, with a focus on cognitive processes and skill acquisition.

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