Interpreting: Product or Process? Workshop with Betty Colonomos – February 2018

DFW Workshop Opportunity 2018


With Betty Colonomos

The first module of the series focuses on the theoretical and conceptual base of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (aka the Colonomos Model) in a low stress environment. The training offers specific language to discuss interpreting work. Practice opportunities will be provided from ASL to English.

When: February 16-18, 2018
Time: Friday 6-9p, Saturday 9-530p, Sunday 9-12p

Where: Dallas & Fort Worth area – TBA

Who? Hearing and Deaf-parented/coda working interpreters and advanced interpreting students.

Online registration is open through the Bilingual Mediation Center.


Early registration ensures we have enough people for the event to happen.

Contact [email protected] for questions or go to for more information.


Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to convey equivalent messages by working through graduated texts and activities beginning in consecutive mode and moving to simultaneous mode in latter sessions. Working on skills such as text analysis, back translations and collaborative interpreting in small-group format, you will develop tools for understanding and improving your interpreting process. You will develop the language necessary to discuss the interpreting task with colleagues, using non-evaluative and non-judgmental language.

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

Friday 2/16/18, 6:00p–9:00p
Saturday, 2/17/18, 9:00a–5:30p
Sunday 2/18/18, 9:00a–12:00p
Lunch will be 1 hour on your own Saturday. There will be ample breaks throughout the sessions.

Foundations I requires some pre-knowledge and is presented in spoken English. It is appropriate for interpreters and advanced interpreting students (hearing & Deaf-parented/coda).

Participants will be awarded 1.3 CEUs in the Professional Studies category. BEI & RID pending.

Early-bird registration is $205, and closes on 12/31/17.
Regular registration is $225.
Refunds: 100% by 1/1/18. No refunds as of 1/2/18

ADA accommodation requests must be sent to Deb Martinez [email protected] by 1/15/18.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

For more information, contact Deb Martinez at [email protected].

Plan ahead: Foundations II May 11-13, 2018

Deaf Action Center
3110 Cedar Plaza Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
Nearby Airports: Chose either: DFW (30min) or DAL (10min)

Local Hotels:
Holiday Inn, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and many more!

All CEUs approved through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certification Maintenance Program and Associate Continuing Education Tracking Program.

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