used as interpreters for formal or official information.
confidential information may be disclosed. Absent an emergency circumstance, students shall not be
pulled from a class to interpret for a parent/guardian or family member.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a translator and an interpreter?
An interpreter uses oral language, whereas a translator works with written text. A translator writes. An interpreter speaks.
What is the difference between consecutive and simultaneous interpretation?
- Consecutive Interpretation: In consecutive interpretation, the interpreter waits for the speaker to finish a sentence or an idea, and then renders the speaker's words into the target language. This method is best for conversations between two people or small groups. Some examples are: Parent/Teacher Conferences, IEP meetings, home visits, etc.
- Simultaneous Interpretation: In simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter renders the speaker’s words into the targeted language as the speaker is speaking. Participants are able to listen along using headphones. This method is used for larger meetings, presentations or conferences. Some of these events include: VCA Board meetings, parent coffees, graduations, award ceremonies, workshops, etc.