Monthly Archives: May 2011

Conversation Partners

If you’re looking for a partner to practice a second language with, you should consider applying to be a conversation partner. The Conversation Partner program is run by the Monterey Institute’s Intensive English Program and partners individuals with similar interests and availability. Partners meet informally and on their own terms.

This is a great idea for during the summer, when students have more free time and opportunities to hang out together.

Conversation Partner Application Forms can be filled out conveniently on the Intensive English Program’s website.

Summer Course: Advanced Techniques for Court Interpreters

Interested in Court Interpretation? This summer (June 20-24, 2011) a 5-day course is being offered in Tampa, Florida through the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Advanced Techniques for Court Interpreters


This 5-day, 30 hour course will provide advanced, experienced court interpreters with an opportunity to further hone their interpreting techniques. The instructors, both federally certified interpreters with many years of teaching experience, will provide exercises designed to improve consecutive and simultaneous interpreting and sight translation skills, with extensive individual feedback. In addition, issues of test anxiety will be addressed for individuals preparing to take certification exams. By the end of the course, participants will have made significant improvements in their interpreting skills and will be more confident in their abilities.

About The Instructors

M A R I A   C E C I L I A   M A R T Y

Ms. Marty became ATA accredited English into Spanish in 1990, graduating in 1995 with a Masters in Translation & Interpretation, Spanish from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Her credentials include California Administrative Hearing Certification in 1993 and Federal Court Certification in 1997.

Since 1995 she has worked for the State Department as an Escort and Seminar level interpreter.  She has taught for the University of Charleston Bilingual Legal Masters Program, Florida International University ISP Program and for the University of South Florida Continuing Education Department. She currently teaches for the American Translators Association’s Professional Development Seminars and also teaches preparatory courses for the Federal Court Interpreter and Consortium Exams.  She has trained the staff and contract judiciary interpreters for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Connecticut. In 2002 she began developing her own training materials, videos and exercise cd´s. She has just published Transcription and Translation of Forensic Recordings: A Practical Approach, born of her expertise  and experience as an Expert Witness in language-related matters.

N O R M A   A L V A R E Z

Norma Alvarez is a freelance Spanish translator and interpreter

based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Masters in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and is an ATA certified translator and Federally certified interpreter.  Norma is currently an adjunct instructor in the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at Georgia State University. She’s also conducted workshops and taught classes in translation and interpretation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and UC Irvine.  As a member of the Georgia Commission on Interpreters for five years, she played a central role in the creation and implementation of guidelines for certification and continuing education of judiciary interpreters in Georgia. With more than eighteen years of experience providing training in translation, interpretation, and judicial interpretation, Norma is committed to the education and training of translators and interpreters so they can develop their love for the profession and find a rewarding professional career in today’s marketplace.

Course Details:

Dates: June 20-24, 2011

Class Hours: 35 hours, 7 hours per day, 5 days, Monday – Friday

Location: Tampa, Florida

Tuition: $1,300 USD

For more information about this course and other upcoming translation & interpretation short programs, please visit the Monterey Institute T&I Short Program website.

Discourse & Repartee Magazine Online

GSTILE’s annual publication, Discourse & Repartee is now available online in PDF format for your viewing pleasure. This year’s issue marks the 30th Anniversary of the TESOL program and has a special reflection on the past 30 years of the program. Be sure to check it out for additional information about happenings and changes with the TESOL/TFL program, as well as alumni updates and other exciting tidbits!

Happy reading!