Note-taking Fundamentals for Interpreters

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This hands-on course walks you through the fundamental consecutive interpreting note-taking technique, providing you with a step-by-step progressive process to acquire this critical skill. Fall 2022 date to be confirmed.

Note-taking Fundamentals for Interpreters: A Path to Success in Any Setting

If you perform consecutive interpreting, you’ll need to take notes. Consecutive note-taking is a technique that can be learned and practiced. It is not magical or mysterious. Every interpreter develops a unique relationship with the technique, but the steps are the same for everyone. 

This course is based on international best practices for note-taking in conference interpreting. The skills are adapted for medical, legal, community and business interpreting. The program addresses:

  • Techniques to structure your notes
  • Symbols and how to use them
  • When and what to take notes on
  • How to benefit from ongoing practice
  • Exercises to improve your memory and active listening skills.

Strong note-taking skills lead to smoother and more accurate interpreting. Don’t miss this workshop.

Katharine Allen, MA, is an international leader in community and medical interpreting and a 2021 winner of ATA’s most prestigious award, the Alexander Gode medal, for co-founding InterpretAmerica.


Feedback from our participants:

"I loved everything about this course and felt like I got so much out of it! I thought all of the practice activities were great and will definitely be slowly implementing into my job." 

"This was a great course to help me better my note taking skills. It helped me to learn what I should focus on and what the idea of note-taking is in general so that I can improve what I have already built upon." 

"I was very negative about taking notes before the course, now I feel more confident and excited about learning more and practice a lot. Thank you very much." 


Instructor: Katharine Allen, MA, Founder, Words Across Borders

Class Schedule: Fall 2022: Exact dates to be determined. Contact us for a spot on the waitlist.

Timetable: 12:00-5:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. PT) with a break from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT)


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 4 CE hours
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.4 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • American Translators Association: 4 ATA CEPs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 4 CE credits

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of consecutive note-taking in consecutive interpreting, regardless of interpreting specialization.
  2. Practice Rozan’s 7 steps for consecutive note-taking.
  3. Use a strategic approach to developing symbols and abbreviations for any subject area.

Participant requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 40-hours of interpreter training
  • Medical, social services or educational interpreting experience

Technical requirements:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (recommend i5 processor or above) with webcam (The course may not be taken on a tablet, phone or other small device.)
  • Zoom (Updated Version)
  • Chrome or Firefox (Updated Version)
  • Quality headset with boom mounted microphone Advice on choosing a headset.
  • High speed internet (minimum 5 mbps upload/10 download) Test Your Speed.
  • Ethernet cable (Must connect computer directly to router. Minimum quality CAT6)*
  • Ethernet to USB adapter (if needed)*
  • External Monitor*

*Recommended but not required

This course is limited to 20 participants. Once the course has reached capacity, those interested will be added to a waitlist in the order in which their inquiry is received.


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