Symbols and Note-Taking Advanced Strategies for Consecutive Interpreting October 2023

SKU#: LT001 Symbols and Note-taking Fall 2023
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Symbols and Note-taking: Advanced Strategies for Consecutive Interpreting - October 2023 is a live training taking place via Zoom on October 10 & 12, 2023.

Incorporate symbols into your note-taking technique and improve your consecutive interpreting skills!

Symbols and Note-taking: Advanced Strategies for Consecutive Interpreting - October 2023

Take your Note-taking to the Next Level!

Whether you already use some symbols in your note-taking or need some guidance to get started, this course has you covered. After briefly reviewing concepts like verticality and shifting, YOU will take your note-taking technique to the next level! We will dive deeply into the use of symbols in consecutive interpreting. This workshop will focus on symbols for concepts and ideas related to terminology commonly used in community, medical and legal settings, drilling them with a variety of engaging exercises until they become second nature to you. You will also receive guidance on how to develop your own symbols.

Throughout the entire session, we will practice with scripts and role plays based on real-life scenarios.  

Instructor: Carola Lehmacher-Richez, FCCI

Class Schedule: October 10 & 12, 2023 (Tuesday and Thursday) 

Timetable: 5:00 p.m-7:00 p.m. ET


  • 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: 4 OCCI PDUs

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Employ strategies to drill symbols until their use becomes second nature.
  2. Use symbols for concepts that arise frequently in interpreting encounters.
  3. Follow guidelines to create new symbols.

Target Audience: Community, medical and legal interpreters with 40 hours or more of interpreter training. This course will benefit those who wish to incorporate symbols into their note-taking technique and improve their consecutive interpreting skills. The focus is on symbols for terminology that commonly arises in community, medical and legal interpreting encounters.

Material and Technical Requirements:

  • Tablet or notepad to take notes
  • Voice recorder for self-recording (a smartphone is fine)
  • Flashcards or post-it notes
  • 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 
  • High speed internet (minimum 5 mbps upload/10 download) 
  • 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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