Participants' Comments

 

“This isn’t school. This is learning.”

Impact of Foundations Seminars

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 This YouTube Playlist contains a series of observations from interviews with participants in the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series. Look through the topics of the clips from these interviews and watch those that interest you. Or watch them all!

Gratitude to the participants and interviewers for taking the time to discuss the impact of Foundations on your work.  

Comments from Foundations Evaluations

In what ways did the workshop presenter facilitate your learning?

The fact we started from the ground and built up.. Identifying our own starting points, habits, and thought processes. Then taking us through each step of analyzing a message, each component stripped down to the nuts/bolts. Then how these components at the core are the message, and if you change just one part it can effect everything.

What kind of follow-up would aid in your learning development?

Practicing CRP using videos

What kind of follow-up would aid in your learning development?

  • To continue the discussion with other people who have been through Foundations.
  • Learn more about 'hearing speak'

What did you learn during this session?

  • Fire the committee
  • Be a strong supervisor
  • Find the goal/meaning of the message

In what ways did the workshop presenter facilitate your learning?

The premise that everyone in attendance is in the right place and still benefits from this process.

"The Safe" environment and taking the time to put each part of the process to practice.

About Foundations, and our New Look

The Foundations of Interpreting Processes series, led by Betty Colonomos, has been a living and evolving program for over 30 years. Many people return to Foundations to explore their own understanding of interpreting more deeply. While the content and the educational environment based on interaction and dialogue feel familiar, the Foundations experience continues to feel fresh and new. Some might remember the 1992 teleclass, Processes in Interpreting and Transliterating: making them work for you, which still strikes viewers as timeless and relevant. Countless people have taken modules in this series again and again, and each time they come to new discoveries and new insights. Foundations stands unique among educational opportunities available to interpreters.

In alignment with its continuing evolution, the Foundations of Interpreting Processes series is taking on a new look. The new image represents the series, with discrete elements connected by a continuous flowing path around them. The Foundations of Interpreting Processes series builds upon itself from module to module. Learners in Foundations also know that they can return to previous modules at any time to focus on particular aspects of their interpreting work. Many of us are used to courses of study that proceed in one direction: after enrolling in the first part, the learner moves on to the second, then to the third, and so on, never to return to the first part. Foundations takes a spiraling progression: the path a learner takes is more fluid and self-directed, where learners can—and often do—return to previous modules as they move forward in their learning. 

The Foundations series has a new image, and the names of the Foundations modules have changed as well. The new module names help to describe the interrelation of the parts to each other, and to the whole. 

In Foundations: Framework, Parts A and B, we explore the Integrated Model of Interpreting, and we practice working with it to see how having a framework helps us to organize our beliefs and experiences with interpreting into a cohesive whole. We might also discover areas of our interpreting that we have yet to explore! While each of the parts stands alone, it is really each of these parts together that help us to develop a robust framework that we can carry into our daily work.

In Foundations: Tools, Parts A and B, we expand upon our tools for analyzing our interpreting and deepening our understanding. Again, each of these modules stands alone, but we work across both of them to gain comfort and facility with these new tools.

In Foundations: Managing we explore the decisions and prioritization that interpreters must make rapidly while working, and we uncover strategies that we have been using intuitively, and develop additional ones that we might use. 

In Foundations: Integrating, we bring all of the elements that we have explored together and we explore the greatest challenge of all: simultaneous interpreting. 

We hope you like our new look!

Click here to see detailed descriptions for each seminar in the series.

 

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Upcoming Foundations seminars are listed to the left by date. You can view and share the information announcing dates, locations, and cost. Click on the calendar event that interests you to see the detailed information and registration/payment options.

Foundations Participants

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25,600,60,1,3000,5000,25,800
90,160,1,50,12,30,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
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Foundations IV 2020
Foundations IV 2020
Foundations II Holyoke, MA
Foundations II Holyoke, MA
Foundations II Lakewood, CO
Foundations II Lakewood, CO
2018 seminar
Foundations I Holyoke, MA
Foundations I Holyoke, MA
Foundations I Portland, ME
Foundations I Portland, ME
Foundations VII/VIII Worcester, MA
Foundations VII/VIII Worcester, MA
Deaf Foundations III
Deaf Foundations III
Foundations
Foundations
Foundations I Portland, ME
Foundations I Portland, ME
Deaf Foundations IV
Deaf Foundations IV
Foundations I Sacramento, CA
Foundations I Sacramento, CA
Foundations I BMRC Knoxville, MD
Foundations I BMRC Knoxville, MD
Deaf Foundations I & II
Deaf Foundations I & II
Foundations I Troy, NY
Foundations I Troy, NY
Smiling faces reflect just how engaged these folks were in this 3-hour IMI Seminar - Who's in Control?
IMI Seminar: Who's In Control? January 2021
IMI Seminar: Who's In Control? January 2021
Coda Foundations Canada
Coda Foundations Canada
Foundations I Holyoke, MA
Foundations I Holyoke, MA
Foundations I Rochester, NY
Foundations I Rochester, NY
A group of facilitators meet in preparation for a presentation with a large group, each facilitator working with smaller groups during a breakout session.
Illusions Facilitators
Illusions Facilitators

Zoom

Zoom Foundations Seminars

The pandemic changed the way we work, the way we connect, and the way we learn. What we've found is a demand for additional online Foundations Seminars. BMC is offering these regularly. For specialty Foundations groups, Coda Foundations and Deaf Foundations offer unique learning environments and content that is tailored to their cultural values and experiences.

If you would like to coordinate gathering a core group of Deaf Interpreters who want to participate in a Deaf Foundations seminar, click here to start the conversation. Whether on Zoom or in-person, a minimum of 12 people is needed.

Why Deaf and Coda Foundations?

Why are there Foundations seminars for hearing interpreters, coda interpreters, and deaf interpreters?

Coordinate a Foundations Seminar


Bring the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series to your interpreting community! Coordinate with us and your local RID Affiliate Chapter or with colleagues to offer the seminar series locally. (Green indicates states where Foundations seminars have occurred.) 

Scholarship Fund for BIPOC Interpreters

BIPOC interpreters face challenges to be valued and recognized for their contribution to the field. BMC values these interpreters, offering scholarship funds for every seminar through donations from the interpreting community, BMC, and other supporters. We invite participation from our BIPOC colleagues.

Click here to contribute to the BIPOC Interpreter Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship Fund for Deaf Interpreters

Seminars conducted in ASL are designed to ensure that Deaf Interpreters have opportunities and choice of high quality professional development. Donations from the larger interpreting community and other supporters allow BMC to provide access to seminars for our Deaf Interpreter colleagues at lower cost.

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