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Based on the works of L. S. Vygotsky and others applying his theories to education, our approach is informed by these principles:

  •   awareness of cognitive struggle may emerge during non-evaluative activity
  •   learning may occur through inquiry and dialogue (scaffolding)
  •   collaboration with peers and mentors in a safe environment facilitates this process
  •   cognition, emotion, and culture are interrelated and significantly impact learning

Our goal at BMC is to foster an environment where interpreting communities can openly discuss their work and growth while respecting each learner’s development as we strive to provide the highest quality interpreting services to our consumers.

To this end, a variety of holistic training approaches and formats are incorporated into the retreat schedule at the Etna Project and in the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series that recognize and honor the diversity of our communities.

Read More on Lev Vygotsky

Find the About Vygotsky list of links on this page.

"Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn"

- Benjamin Franklin

Deaf Foundations Fund

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

Click here to contribute.

Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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