Foundations I ONLINE (Sundays) Jan/Feb


Online Foundations I

January/February 2021

Foundations I Online

This seminar is for spoken English/ASL interpreters (hearing, Deaf-parented/Coda).

The structure of the program is as follows:

Two groups each with no more than 18 participants.
Each group will meet once a week over the course of five weeks for 2 or 3 hours every week.
Each session is activity driven and participant directed, working together in both small and large groups.
Attendance at all five meetings is required and will earn 1.3 CEUs in Professional Studies.

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Registration for the Sunday sessions

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The January/February Foundations I Seminars are FULL.

But we have scheduled additional seminars...

A May/June 5-week schedule is now open for registrations.

Instead of adding yourself to the waiting list, join us in May and June!

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Betty M. Colonomos Bio

Betty Colonomos head shotBetty 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 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.

About Foundations I Online

This online offering of the Foundations of Interpreting I seminar will meet using Zoom. There will be two separate tracks, with one group meeting Tuesday nights for 5 weeks, and the other group meeting Sunday afternoons for 5 weeks. Click on either of the options above for more specific details including meeting dates and times. 

This seminar has limits on session capacity. The minimum for each online session is 15 participants and the maximum is 18.

CEUs (through MassRID)

RID CMP Continuing Education Units pending. This Professional Studies program is offered at 1.3 PS CEUs/ACETs at all levels (Little/No, Some, Advanced, Teaching) Content Level.

MassRID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.

Policy on Non-discrimination and a Respectful Environment

  • Presenters, coordinators, and participants of this educational opportunity agree to promote an environment of mutual respect, free from bias and discrimination. Please note, this statement does not preclude “difficult conversations” and aims to create environments where learning and honest dialogue can happen.

Discounts and Scholarships

  • Early-bird discount is calculated during registration.
    • Register before the deadline!
  • Scholarship ($40) available during registration for BIPOC interpreters and student interpreters.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing (email, text) to the coordinator before January 15th, 2021, in order to receive a full refund. After January 15th, no refunds are available.
  • If the Bilingual Mediation Center has to cancel this training, it will be rescheduled.
  • Contact the coordinator to request reasonable accommodations by January 15th.

Registration Deadline

  • Registration for this seminar will remain open until January 15th at 5pm Eastern time. At that time, if the minimum of 15 registrations for each seminar is reached, registration will remain open until filled to capacity. Having less than 15 registrations at that time may mean rescheduling or cancelling of the seminar.


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Using Zoom

We are aware that many interpreters are dealing with the necessary restrictions that the pandemic has placed on our ability to do our work. We are offering these online seminars, respectful of social distancing norms and mindful of the need for opportunities for continued learning.


We are using Zoom as the video platform for our meetings.  This requires that you:

  • Use Zoom on your computer or iPad/tablet (phone app is not suitable)   
  • Have a reliable internet source
  • Participate from a quiet, well-lit location
  • For meetings using audio, headphones are strongly suggested 

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