Interpreting in a School Setting


Interpreting in a School Setting is available as an interactive eLearning course. The course is designed for interpreters who are preparing to provide interpreting services in a school environment.





Language service providers, including interpreters, frequently encounter school assignments. Educational interpreters have the important responsibility to support parents, students, and school staff to help students succeed. Whether interpreting for a parent teacher conference or working with a student who has special needs, educational interpreters are vital. It can be daunting to enter school meetings and preparation is key. This course, Interpreting in a School Setting, is designed to give you the foundation you need to provide excellent service.

Some of the responsibilities of an educational interpreter include:

  • Communicating the Student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Interpreting at the appropriate language level so the student (and their guardian) understands any special education programs (IEPs or 504 plans) the student requires
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences to facilitate communication between parents and staff
  • Providing language support during behavioral and manifest determination meetings
  • Clearly convey all aspects of meaning and content and provide ongoing support if necessary.

Educational interpreters have a difficult task. They must process language quickly and accurately. Professional interpreting is also key to achieving educational goals and outcomes as defined by the student’s IEP.

Interpreting in a School Setting is available as an interactive e-learning course. The course is designed for interpreters who are preparing to start interpreting for school meetings. By the end of the course, participants will have a better working knowledge of what to expect during common parent-teacher meetings and specialized vocabulary. You’ll also learn about some of the most typical learning disabilities and challenges facing students. We’ll cover best practices and tips to help your sessions succeed. Interpreting in a School Setting also includes a glossary with common terms and spaces to write words and phrases in your target language.

The course was created through collaboration with educational professionals including teachers, principals, and school psychologists. It consists of two modules. Module one explains the steps to common parent-teacher meetings, including report card conferences, developing IEPs, and creating 504 plans.  Module two covers common learning disabilities supported by IDEA and the Americans with Disabilities act. By the course conclusion, interpreters of all skill levels and experience will be ready to understand and interpret for school meetings.


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