Working with Interpreters

A refugee resettlement staff member talking with a client. IRC/NHowrose

Working with Interpreters

CORE developed this page to assist Cultural Orientation providers and interpreters to successfully create collaborative and streamlined Cultural Orientation classes. The page expands on information and guidance provided in CORE’s Working Effectively with Interpreters online course and features additional resources designed for both Cultural Orientation providers and interpreters, offering a combination of online lessons and suggested in-person activities.

Tips for Working with Interpreters

As a Cultural Orientation provider, you’ll be working with refugees who often have limited English language skills. Interpreters play an important role in the Cultural Orientation experience and communicate key messages to participants in-language. Cultural Orientation providers have a responsibility to prepare and set expectations for interpreters before the Cultural Orientation session to ensure interpreters are appropriately prepared for the session.

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Pre-Session Meeting

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Tips for Interpreters Delivering Cultural Orientation

You, as an interpreter, are essential for communicating key messages to Cultural Orientation participants in-language. Although you are a partner in the Cultural Orientation session, there are certain roles and expectations you must abide by.

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Know Your Role

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Additional Resources

  • Interpreting for Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S.: Drawing from data on interpreters’ experiences interpreting for minors in U.S. asylum settings, this webinar offers strategies and techniques to prepare you for these encounters . The webinar also examines education and training opportunities for this specialized work.
  • Interpreting: Getting it Right
  • LEP.gov : LEP.gov shares resources and information to help expand and improve language assistance services for individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with federal law.
  • BlueHorizon: Interpreter Training Online