On-Demand Course



Research Skills and Building Glossaries



Higher-order research and preparation skills are essential requirements for interpreters. It is crucial they know how to prepare for assignments, are competent in building and maintaining specialist glossaries. This online course assists interpreters in enhancing their assignment preparation strategies, including obtaining relevant information prior to the assignment, researching the specialist domain using reputable resources and seeking a detailed briefing on the day of the assignment. We will also discuss the benefits of building your own glossaries and explore the process of compiling a comprehensive glossary. We will put it all into practice by building a sample medical glossary for a cardiology appointment.

Who would this be useful for?

This course is suitable for interpreters working in community settings at the RPI, CPI and CI level, who wish to develop their research and glossary building skills.

This course will cover the following items:

Preparation for assignments

How to get information about the assignment prior to and on the day

General research skills for interpreters

Useful multilingual and multimodal resources

Benefits of building your own glossary

Glossary building process

Practical application of research and glossary building skills

Course outcomes


The ethical obligations to prepare for an assignment

Where to obtain relevant information about an assignment

How to research a specialist topic

Benefits of building a glossary

Glossary building process


Prepare for assignments

Research a specialist topic

Produce a comprehensive glossary

Certificate Earned

 A professional development certificate will be issued upon completion of the course. Learners will be eligible to receive 10 points towards recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue). Some courses may attract PD points from multiple categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification.


Course Completion Guidelines

Students are required to read and complete all the course content, including watching all videos, and successfully completing all assessments. In order to attain your certificate, you need to score 100% on each assessment. Students will have unlimited attempts to complete the course over the length of their access.


Presented By

Presenter - Anna Kenny
Interpreter Trainer
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Melbourne, Australia

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8 Modules
28 Lessons
1 Quizzes
12 Months Unlimited Access