Spanish Interpreting Skills Certificate

 

   

Tina Peña, is from Lima, Peru. She is an associate professor of Spanish at Tulsa Community College. She also teaches Court and Medical Interpreting for the Interpreting Certificate Program at TCC. Tina Peña, is a host of “Temas en Tulsa,” a television program produced in Spanish that covers current events and topics of importance to Spanish speaking viewers. Tina is the past Chair for the National Board of Medical Interpreters.

Peña is a member of ATA, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Governor's Task Force for the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and serves in the following boards: Language Culture Bank, Martin Luther King Commemoration Society, National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, and ACLU Oklahoma. She is the recipient of the NANIA 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2007 Pinnacle Award Winner and recognized as an "Orgullo Peruano" by Peruanos en Oklahoma in 2013!

“Medical interpreters save lives by helping to accurately convey critical medical information to patients who speak languages other than English, reducing the risk of fatal errors in health care settings and ensuring clear communications between providers and patients in what can become life and death situations.” 

National health care reform will increase the demand for medical interpreters exponentially, as thousands of formerly uninsured gain access to health care services.  Interpreters provide patients with equal access to quality of care and are a vital part of every community. 

They will become especially crucial in this health care environment, because interpreters can also help to drive down medical costs by ending unnecessary or wasteful procedures and reducing physician exposure to medical liability. 

Tulsa's cultural and linguistic diversity means that medical interpreters play an important role in making health care happen for all Tulsan's with language access needs.

Spanish Interpreting Skills Option

Workforce Development Certificate

Tina.pena@tulsacc.edu

918-595-8386

Below view current episodes of Temas en Tulsa, where Tina discusses the TCC Spanish Interpreting Skills Program, please contact tina.pena@tulsacc.edu, or call 918-595-8386 for additional information on the Spanish Interpreting Skills Program.

FALL 2014 - Spanish Interpreting Classes -   Enroll now!

14717   SPAN 2443    Interpreting Span/Engl      5:30-9:20pm        F           Metro         9/12-9/28             Pena-Ramierz

                                                                                       9:00-6:00pm       S           Metro         9/12-9/28             Pena-Ramirez

15437   SPAN 2453    Interpreting Engl/Span      5:30-9:20pm        F           Metro         10/3-10/19           Pena-Ramierz

                                                                                       9:00-6:00pm       S           Metro         10/3-10/19           Pena-Ramirez

16669   SPAN 2463    Courtroom Interpreting    5:30-9:20pm        F           Metro         11/14-12/07         Pena-Ramierz

                                                                                       9:00-6:00pm       S           Metro         11/14-12/07         Pena-Ramirez

15513   SPAN 2473    Medical Interpreting          5:30-9:20pm        F           Metro         11/14-12/07         Pena-Ramierz

                                                                                       9:00-6:00pm       S           Metro         11/14-12/07         Pena-Ramirez

16321   SPAN 2473    Medical Interpreting          5:30-9:20pm        F           Metro         8/22-9/07             Pena-Ramierz

                                                                                       9:00-6:00pm       S           Metro         8/22-9/07             Pena-Ramirez

14719   SPAN 2663    (H) Spanish Serv. Learn    5:30-8:20pm       MW      Metro        10/13-12/14         Busch

 

Be sure to visit the National Medical Interpreting Certification on Facebook. 

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

USA Today says medical interpreters in demand

Thinking about a career in the health field but don't want to be a nurse? This article in USA Today says that the need for medical interpreters is growing. Professor in TCC's medical interpreting program Tina Peña is quoted in the article. 

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR A PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER

 

1.    Thou shalt have no other intentions but to do an outstanding interpretation before all

2.    Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol or image of any kind that will endanger the Triadic   Encounter

3.    Thou shalt not use the name “interpreter” in vain

4.   Remember to observe each day and keep it professiona

5.  Honor thy profession and thy tasks

6.  Thou shalt not kill the flowing of the Triadic Encounter

7.  Thou shalt not adulterate meaning or misuse words or expressions

8.  Thou shalt not steal even a fragment of a thought

9.  Thou shalt not give false testimony about thy client or provider

10. Thou shalt not covet thy clients nor providers house, wife, ox, or anything else that might lead thee to compromise the Interpreters Code of ethics.

 

By César Peña-Ramirez

IMIA 2011 Medical Interpreter of the Year

 

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Spanish Interpreting Skills Option

Workforce Development Certificate

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Program Description:

This program provides an introduction to interpreting skills for the courtroom or medical areas. Courses are designed to emphasize acquisition of speaking competency sufficient to communicate fluently (Spanish to English and English to Spanish) and to provide communication assistance between non-Spanish speaking medical personnel and non-English speaking patients with legal or medical groups.

Degree Awarded: Certificate of Achievement

Spanish 18 hours

*SPAN 1313 Spanish lll*

*SPAN 1413 Spanish lV*

*SPAN 2443 Interpreting Spanish to English

*SPAN 2453 Interpreting English to Spanish

and select one of the following:

*SPAN 2113 Intermediate Spanish l*

*SPAN 2213 Intermediate Spanish ll*

*SPAN 2523 Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition

and select one of the following:

*SPAN 2463 Courtroom Interpreting Skills Introduction

*SPAN 2473 Medical Interpreting Skills Introduction

Controlled Electives 3 hours

*SPAN 2121 Intermediate Spanish Communication

*SPAN 2143 Latin America Civilization and Culture

*SPAN 2421 Spanish Culture Comparisons

*SPAN 2533 Advanced Spanish Conversation

*SPAN 2663  Spanish Service Learning

Total Credit Hours: 21

 

Program Course Descriptions:

SPAN 2121 - Intermediate Spanish Communication

Practice in speaking Spanish at the intermediate level covering a wide range of subjects; i.e., everyday language, intermediate literature samples, other publications, and current events. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2113 with a grade of “C”or better or instructor approval.

SPAN 2143 - Latin American Civilization and Culture

Conversations and readings concerning Hispanic culture and civilization. Conducted in Spanish. Lecture 3 hours. No Laboratory. Prerequisite: SPAN 2113 with a grade of “C”or better or instructor approval. 

SPAN 2421 - Spanish Culture Comparisons

Focus on the cultural aspects of the Hispanic people. Includes a comparison with the American culture as well as other culture groups. Conducted in English. No Prerequisite.

SPAN 2443 - Interpreting Spanish to English

Student will be given opportunities to develop oral interpreting skills for escort, consecutive, simultaneous and court interpreting. Participants need to have advanced fluency in English and Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2113 with a grade of “C” or better or certification of skill level through TCC proficiency Certification exam.

SPAN 2453 - Interpreting English to Spanish

Students will be given opportunities to develop oral interpreting skills for escort, consecutive, simultaneous and court interpreting. Participants need to have advanced fluency in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2213 with a grade of “C” or better or certification of skill level through TCC Proficiency Certification exam.

SPAN 2463 - Courtroom Interpreting Skills Introduction

An aid to developing interpreting skills, this course will address consecutive, simultaneous and sight interpretation. It will also cover the interpreter’s role in and out of court and include an on-site visit to a courtroom. On-site lab required. Prerequisite: Oral fluency in English and native/near-native fluency in Spanish, SPAN 2443 & SPAN 2453 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent or instructor approval. 

SPAN 2473 - Medical Interpreting Skills Introduction

This course will address the attitudinal differences between the Latino and Anglo-American cultures and how they affect health care decisions. It will increase vocabulary needed to interpret for Spanish-speaking patients by using vocabulary related to illness and symptoms, necessary medical language, and cultural cues. On-site lab required. Prerequisite: Oral fluency in English and native/near-native fluency in Spanish, SPAN 2443 & SPAN 2453 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent or instructor approval.

SPAN 2523 - Intermediate Spanish Grammar and CompositionThis course includes a thorough review of syntax and grammar and the development of composition skills. Conducted in Spanish and English. Prerequisite: SPAN 2113 with a grade of “C” or better or 18 hours of Spanish or proficiency certification.

SPAN 2533 - Advanced Spanish Conversation

This course is intended for students who have studied Spanish structure through the intermediate level and have gained a basic oral fluency and proficiency. Class activities will focus on acquiring sufficient speaking skills to interact with native speakers and the use of Spanish as the main language of communication without the aid of an interpreter. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 2213 with a grade of “C” or better or 18 hours of Spanish.

SPAN 2663 - Spanish Service Learning

This course is designed for active participation in community-based organizations that require the use of Spanish with clients. Students will have the opportunity to encounter real-life experiences that will afford them opportunities to expand their knowledge and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The intention of this approach is to place an emphasis on diversity and pluralism that lends itself to student empowerment by developing camaraderie among students, faculty, and the community. The Service Learning experience will be reflected in written class assignments for journals and compositions. Conducted in Spanish and English. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

 

For more information on this program contact:

Tina Peña - Associate Professor of Spanish

Spanish Language Coordinator

(918) 595-8386

tina.pena@tulsacc.edu

 

 

*Native Speakers of Spanish are encouraged to take the National CLEP Exam for the Elementary and Intermediate level courses.

Contact the Northeast Campus Testing Center at (918) 595-7534. Cost: $80 for current TCC students, $105 for non-TCC students.

                                               

               

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