Sight Translation and Glossary Building

  • 09/08/2018
  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • Jackson Hall, Multicare Tacoma General
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Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not complete within two weeks from registration date.

NOTIS presents

Sight Translation and Glossary Building

Note: Please bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone tomorrow if available. We will use device for glossary building exercises. We will be learning some Google sheets functionalities (free tool).

This double session will focus on two topics of interest to all professional interpreters: sight translation and glossary building.

We start by reviewing the protocols and techniques for sight translation: a skill which is much harder than most people suppose and which we interpreters are often asked to apply to documents which are too long and too technical. When is sight translation appropriate, and when should you decline? How do you do that without providers getting upset? And once you accept the challenge, how do you create a reading that is both accurate and easy to listen to and understand? All these topics will be covered in this workshop, with practice as well.

Our second focus of the day is glossaries. We will discuss the true purpose of glossaries to professional interpreters, as well as practice building effective glossaries. We will look at some free apps and software options that can help interpreters keep their terminology handy!

This workshop is recommended for both novice and experienced interpreters. While we will use examples from the healthcare field, what you will learn will help you be a better interpreter in any venue.

 Sofía García-Beyaert, PhD. is an interpreter, interpreter trainer and researcher in language access policy. Co-author of the pioneering textbook The Community Interpreter® International Edition, Dr. García-Beyaert taught postgraduate and master’s classes on interpreting skills-building at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) before moving to Seattle. She now teaches Advanced Interpreter Skills at Bellevue College and organizes and facilitates trainings for interpreters at Arcos Institute.

When? Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Check-in at 9:30 a.m. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 9:30 to sign in.
Class from 10:00am – 5:00pm, with one hour for lunch.

Where?   Jackson Hall, Multicare Tacoma General Hospital, 314 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma, WA

CE credits?  Six continuing education credits are approved from the ATA, the Washington State AOC, the Washington State DSHS, and CCHI. ATA credits are accepted by IMIA/NBCMI.
 Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

Cost? $60  NOTIS members, $80 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).    

Registration?   (before midnight on September 4th)
Click the register button below to pay online.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

Online registration only. Mail in registration is not available for this workshop.

On-site registration might be available. Please check the website for confirmation. The fee for NOTIS members will be $75; the on-site fee for non-NOTIS members will be $100. There is no guarantee that there will be handouts available for anyone who does not pre-register.

If registering for more than one person, please submit a separate registration for each.  

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after September 4th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before September 4th.   

Directions?  Tacoma General Hospital is located at 315 Martin Luther King Junior Way in Tacoma. Jackson Hall, where the training will take place, is located at 314, directly across the street from the main hospital.

A map of the Tacoma General Campus can be found at Free parking with no time limit is available at the Baker Center Parking Garage, which is the brick building on MLK Way next to the garden courtyard. There is also free parking at the Fifth Street Garage.

Lunch?  In order to keep the cost of this workshop low, no refreshments or lunch will be offered. There is a cafeteria in the hospital at which participants can purchase lunch.

Anything else? If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

Questions about class content? Please contact Sofia García-Beyaert at  

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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