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. Register now!

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

Note-taking is the final component to a complete consecutive interpreting skill set. There are many misconceptions about when, where and how note-taking is needed. The truth is that learning the technique will greatly enhance the interpreter’s performance with consecutive interpreting regardless of the setting or interpreting specialization. Having a solid note-taking technique is an extension of your core abilities as an interpreter to listen, understand, analyze and convert meaning between languages. It is not about whether you are doing “short” or “long” consecutive or are working as a conference or a medical interpreter. The more you can allow the speakers time to complete their thoughts without interrupting them to interpret, the more smoothly and accurately your interpretation will be.

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.

Whether you already have taken some note-taking classes, are new to the skill and work in community, legal or other interpreting settings, this course will help.

The course includes:

  • Exercises for improving memory and active listening skills
  • How to structure notes
  • Symbols and how to use them
  • When and what to take notes on
  • How to structure ongoing practice


Feedback from our participants:

"I loved the training. Very substantial and useful."

"Katharine is very down to earth, approachable and experienced. She is a great teacher."

"I really enjoyed this training. At first I thought it was going to be a very long training but all the interactions, activities and the knowledge of the trainer made it so interesting and engaging."


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

Class Schedule: October 9, 2021 (Saturday)

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
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: Pending OCCI PDUs

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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In order to receive a course completion certificate, participants in our live online programs must submit all applicable documentation; complete all coursework requirements; be visible on their webcam for the entire program; and complete the applicable attendance requirement:

  • For live online programs shorter than 10 hours, participants must attend all live scheduled hours.

  • For live online programs 10 hours or longer, participants may miss no more than 10% of the total live scheduled hours. (For example, attendance of 18 hours is required for a 20-hour program; attendance of 36 hours is required for a 40-hour program.)

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