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About Our Program

This class is open to students who would like to expand their interpreting skills in legal settings. The course will cover the most in-demand types of hearings such as Due Process Hearings, Unemployment Hearings, and Depositions. Students will learn legal terminology and procedural protocols needed to interpret for these various types of hearings. In addition, students will have the opportunity for intense practice through mock hearings. These mock hearings will give the students the experience and comfort-level needed to apply for work in the field. Trained legal interpreters are in demand throughout Massachusetts and nationwide in law offices, schools, state agencies and contracting agencies.

Prerequisite: Students must provide a certificate of completion for a minimum of 40 hours of interpreter training or a letter from your employer confirming a minimum of 3 years experience as a working interpreter in any setting. Students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Please register early as a brief telephone interview will be required before acceptance into the course.


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Open to Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Haitian Creole.

Brockton | B336 | 50972 | $1,079 (textbook included)
Tuesday/Thursday | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6/16/20 – 8/13/20
Instructor: Maria Vazquez

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Certificate of completion

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.

About Our Instructor

MARIA VAZQUEZ is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico. She has been working as a language teacher for 30 years. She attained English teacher licensure at Autonomous National University of Mexico in 1990. Ms. Vazquez recently served as a language coach and instructor for Culture Smart, INC. She has also worked with private companies, such as Transfluenci, International Translation Company, CultureSmart, and i-Bridge Learning, in developing on-premise and online courses. Ms. Vazquez founded ESPEN Services in 2007, a medical interpretation and training services agency, and, she has also volunteered with Centro Presente Association preparing residents for citizenship as an ESL teacher in her community and as a CCD instructor for her local church.