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Betty Colonomos, Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center

Betty Colonomos is the director of the Bilingual Mediation Center. She was awarded the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID in 1980 and was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has served as the chair of many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters, most recently serving as co-chair on the CIT/ASLTA Task Force on Interpreting Standards.

Well known as an educator of interpreters and a language consultant, Betty developed the Integrated Model of Interpreting- the most widely used model for teaching processes used in training sign language interpreters. She consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistics and cultural issues impacting the Deaf community and provides services in the area of instruction, consultation, mentorship, cross-cultural mediation, language assessment, interpretation, translation and curriculum development.

 

Co-Presenters

The Bilingual Mediation Center does work with other professionals in the arena of teaching, interpretation, and assessment. These colleagues are of the highest caliber and meet or exceed our standards. Specific information will be shared at the time of contract negotiation.

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

  • learning is fostered by participation in activities designed to nurture reflective practice
  • insights are revealed through dialogue and inquiry
  • collaboration with peers and mentors in a safe environment facilitates this process
  • the locus of control in the hands of the learner promotes self-discovery
  • cognition, emotion, and culture are interrelated and significantly impact learning

Our goal is to bring this model to interpreting communities that wish to discuss their work and value growth, that respect each learner’s zone of development, and that seek to provide the highest quality services to consumers. To this end, we offer a variety of holistic training approaches and formats that recognize and honor the diversity of our communities.

The Bilingual Mediation Center relies on individuals locally to assist in coordination of seminars and retreats for both the Foundations of Interpreting Series and the Etna Project Series.  If you are interested in bringing these seminars or retreats to your area, please consider talking with those who have experience coordinating them.

For the Foundations of Interpreting Series, fill out this form if you are considering coordinating or sponsoring the seminar series in your area.

The ETNA PROJECT fosters stimulation, introspection, dialogue, respect, and feeds an open, hungry mind.

The Etna Project has grown into a community of interpreters who engage in reflective practice. We gather several times throughout the year for a long weekend of dialogue, sharing, and learning. We share a common vocabulary based on the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), using terms for various aspects of the interpreting process that we use on a daily basis. We utilize the Process Mediation (PM) model for discussing decisions that take place in the mind between reception of the source language and production of the target language. Individual practitioners then are able to deepen and refine their understanding of their own interpreting processes.

This opportunity is open to anyone who has satisfied the prerequisite of attending the Foundations of Interpreting Processes Seminars I and II. We hope you'll consider learning with us in this environment.

The Bilingual Mediation Center does not share your information with others. We may use your contact information to reach out to you when opportunities arise in your area to participate in events. When joining us through social media, you have control of what you allow others to see.

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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:

  • learning occurs through productive activity
  • mastery is achieved through guided 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 is to foster interpreting communities that wish to discuss their work and value growth, that respect each learner’s zone of development, and that seek to provide the highest quality services to consumers.

To this end, a variety of holistic training approaches and formats are incorporated into the retreat schedule that recognize and honor the diversity of our communities.

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Deaf Foundations: Ally Donations


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.

Filming Foundations

Contribute to the creation of a videotext, where the concepts and approaches of IMI will be discussed further, at GoFundMe

 

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. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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