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Loyola's new translation and interpreting certificate program holds open house

September 27, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans Certificate in Translation and Interpreting—the first program of its kind in the Gulf region—will hold an open house Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in the St. Charles Room, located on the first floor of the Danna Student Center on the university’s main campus. Registration is now open for the spring 2014 semester; apply online.

The non-degree continuing education program is designed for Spanish-English bilingual individuals who want to launch careers as trained interpreters and translators in the health care and legal fields.

“Interpreting and translating—even simultaneous translating—is a skill set beyond simply being bilingual,” according to the program’s academic director Lisbeth Philip, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of languages and cultures at Loyola. “There is a cultural component to be taken into account in order to guarantee an objective and accurate translation or interpreting.” Philip previously owned a translating and interpreting agency and spent many years working for the court system and other high-profile clients.

With that in mind, the program features introductory courses during the first semester covering the fundamentals of translation and principles of interpreting. Because translation deals with written work, those classes are all online. The interpreting classes, which deal with oral presentations, are all on-site classes. Classes during the next semester will offer the different tracks of health care interpreting, health care translation, legal interpreting and legal translation. Students in the program will use the latest high-tech simultaneous translation equipment, thanks to a generous donation from Dorothy Duval Nelson, J.D. ’83.

The cost is $1,600 to $2,000 for either the health care or legal certificate, or $2,400 to $2,800 for the combined health care and legal certificates.

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