MCS Trainer of Trainers Course
“For the Community from the Community!! MCS offered the first Trainer of Trainers (TOT) course in August 2018 to teach and empower members of our interpreter pool who understand and work closely with Limited- or Non-English Proficient residents.
Six community interpreters, all alumni of MCS’ Community Interpreter Training (CIT) course, completed the 40 classroom hours and are in the process of completing their practicum hours through seminars or workshops directed by MCS. These new Trainers will now be able to teach the CIT course, allowing MCS the flexibility and availability to offer the course more frequently, with a larger pool of dedicated instructors.
The TOT program focused on course design and development, lesson planning for teaching consecutive interpreting, planning for sight translation and simultaneous interpreting, case study presentations, and action plan development. The course reviewed fundamental principles of interpreting pedagogy and gave participants the opportunity to apply them to the design and development of courses for their instructional settings. Case study methodology was used to present, review, and discuss these aspects of interpreting courses from a holistic, integrated perspective. The case studies are also a vehicle for articulating the challenges instructors face and aiding in the development of solutions.
Participants had a variety of approaches, methods, and materials that they could use to improve their teaching, including a fundamental understanding of how to design and develop a syllabus, assessments, and lesson plans for the courses they teach or wish to teach.
CIT Alumni who complete the TOT training with MCS receive access to the MCS Interpreter Training Manual at a discounted rate and are given permission to use the manual for their trainings.
2 years of interpreter experience, plus having completed a minimum of 40 hours interpreter training and/or completed the Multicultural Community Service Community Interpreting Training course.”