Job Opportunities: Language Consultants, National Foreign Language Center

NFLC Language Consultant Opportunities
The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland is a research institute dedicated to promoting communication within the United States in languages other than English.
We are currently looking for individuals with native or near-native proficiency in the following languages:
·         Greek
·         Italian
·         Levantine Arabic
·         Polish
·         Urdu
·         Vietnamese
·         Western Punjabi
Minimum Requirements:
  • Native or near-native proficiency in the target language
  • English proficiency
  • Knowledge of ILR scale of language proficiency
  • Translation experience
  • Multiple choice and constructed response test item development experience
  • Ability to conduct Internet research and submit Word documents and/or audio files
The work is part-time, contractual, and most of the work can be done from your home computer. All candidates must have permission to work in the United States, or reside and work outside of the United States.
If you are interested in working with us, or if you know a qualified candidate who would be interested in working with us, please contact the NFLC via email at Submit your current resume or CV with your language in the subject line. Thank you!

ATA follow up: Quantum presents “One Judge, One Agency, 10 Linguists, and 10,000 Translated Pages”

Quantum, Inc. was pleased to present at the 52nd Annual ATA Conference in Boston. In a panel discussion entitled “One Judge, One Agency, 10 Linguists, and 10,000 Translated Pages of Protection Orders”, we analyzed a recent translation project from the view point of the judge who commissioned the project, the translator who worked on the project, and the translation company that managed the project.

Honorable Ida Chen, judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and friend of DVTA, talked about “THE POWER OF TRANSLATIONS” from her first encounter with language translation, which sparked a huge protest in Philadelphia, how she received support from other judges, to the role she played in the translation process working with translators and editors as a legal consultant. Furthermore, Judge Chen presented, in Letterman’s style, the top 10 mistakes she made (and learned from), she talked about finding ways to collaborate with both the DVTA as well as with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Interpreter Program Administrator, and insisting that the work of translators and court administrators be recognized and rewarded.

The Russian translator, Yuri Balashov, PhD, discussed the challenges of working with
bilingual files, creating columns, templates, tables, and tables within tables. He revealed his strategy of translating, editing and finalizing the existing bilingual document first, then harvesting a memory from it before doing anything else. In addition, Dr. Balashov advised on the types of software that proved useful to him as a translator, and argued that one really needs three screens to work on a project of this complexity. His presentation was especially well received by the fellow translators in the audience who were working on similar projects and facing similar challenges.

The panel was moderated by Quantum’s Project Manager, Suzana Volquarts, who emphasized that it is not every day that a client accompanies their vendor to a large forum such as the ATA conference and thanked Judge Chen for her commitment to language access. Judge Chen understands more than anyone else that navigating our legal system is confusing, let alone when faced with documents not written in one’s native language. She understands the impact that a document such as Protection from Abuse Order translated into Russian, Vietnamese or Cambodian can have on the Russian, Vietnamese or Cambodian speaking defendant in Philadelphia courts. The impact that not only facilitates the language access but also, ensures that the LEP defendant is afforded the same opportunities before the law as their English-speaking counterparts. Ms. Volquarts also advised other Project Managers in the audience to embrace a client who wants to be involved in the translation process because it is a win-win situation.

The session generated a lot of interest, almost 50 people filled the room. Quantum was pleased to see so many familiar local faces: Natalia Petrova, Anne Connor, Lee Roth, among many others. We thank you for your support.

At the end, an audience member paid a compliment to Judge Chen by saying: “You are
not only a judge, you’re a linguist too.” We couldn’t agree more.

Information from the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness on Interpreter Services

Several DVTA Board members including Anne Connor, Maria Weir, Carlota Dalziel, Antonio Guerra and Gabriela Jenicek represented the association during the Quarterly Meeting of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness and were able to introduce the DVTA and to establish valuable connections. During this meeting, the annual report for the years 2010 and 2011 was presented which included the achievements and plans of the Interpreter Services Committee which are interesting facts for our profession.

From the Annual Report 2010-2011 of The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness – Interpreter Services Committee:

Expanding Interpreter Services

The basic fairness of the Pennsylvania court system is jeopardized if litigants with limited English proficiency do not have access to competent interpreters and other language assistance.

The Commission continues its work to improve the availability of interpreter and translation services in the Commonwealth’s courts and administrative agencies. Among last year’s initiatives, the Commission co-sponsored training for Haitian Creole interpreters with Widener University’s Legal Education Institute and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. In September of this year, the Commission supported a similar program for interpreters working in the Vietnamese language. Both followed the 2010 training for professionals interested in becoming certified in the Pennsylvania courts.

Also during 2010, the Interpreter Services Committee arranged for the translation of key court documents in five languages, including Vietnamese, Kmer, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. The documents are now available on the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) website for easy access by judicial districts [great resource for court interpreters!].

Next up? The committee is considering ways to assist the AOPC in training judicial district personnel on Act 172 interpreter-services regulations passed in 2010.

Members are also working with the Philadelphia Bar Association to assist its Language Access Task Force and are planning ongoing training for attorneys on effective use of interpreter services during litigation. The 2011 session will follow up on initial workshop for members of the Bar Association’s Family Law Section, The Philadelphia Story: The Language of Justice in Family Court.”

For more information on the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness, please go to:

Happy 2nd Anniversary to the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters!

On October 10th 2009, the Independent National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters launched at the IMIA conference the process of the National Board certification!  It has been only 2 years but what a great success the NBCMI has been…
  • There are now over 250 Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI’s) nationwide
  • Over 700 interpreters took the written exam
  • Soon, there will be 5 more languages ready for the oral exam: Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian
  • 5 more languages are in process (Arabic, French, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese and Japanese)
  • With 600 testing sites nationwide