Welcome to MICATA!

2018 Conference Preview

The MICATA 2018 Annual Conference will be Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. Once again, we’re very excited to be offering excellent pre-conference workshops on Friday, a full day of sessions and a luncheon on Saturday, and the opportunity to take the ATA translator certification exam on Sunday.

The Annual Conference section of the website will be updated continuously in the weeks leading up to the conference, so be sure to check back often. Registration will open in late February.

We’re excited to announce two great Friday pre-conference workshops by Barry Slaughter Olsen, co-founder of InterpretAmerica, professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and expert in the intersection of interpreting and technology.

Active Listening Strategies for Better Consecutive Interpreting

Interpreting Listening is one of the most crucial activities that an interpreter performs and the foundation of all successful interpreting. But all too often the way we listen actually makes the interpreting task more difficult.  By learning and developing key active listening strategies, interpreters can notably improve their performance. In this workshop Professor Olsen presents both the “why”and the “how” of active listening and conducts specific exercises to illustrate the foundational principles of active listening for consecutive interpreting. (Beginner to intermediate.)

Technology for Interpreters

In years past, most interpreting was a technology-free endeavor. Pen, paper and an interpreter’s keen mind and languages were the tools of the trade. No more. While these still constitute the core of what we do, technological innovations have changed how and where we interpret. In this workshop, participants will learn about the overall technological landscape of the interpreting profession, discuss the pros and cons of recent innovations, and try out some of the new technologies in use today. If you are looking to get up to date on interpreting technology, this is the workshop for you! (All levels.)

Message from the Current President

Marcela RennaMICATA has members not only from the Midwest, but also from throughout the United States and even from around the world. MICATA represents translators and interpreters of languages from Arabic to Zulu and all that are in between! MICATA provides a forum for translators, interpreters and other language professionals to share ideas and expertise and we aim to keep our members informed and updated through our events. MICATA also strives to convey the importance of hiring professional translators and interpreters to the users of our services.

Are you not yet a member of MICATA? Visit the Join MICATA page to learn more about becoming a member and the benefits of membership.

Are you looking for a translator or interpreter? Please visit our Membership Directory where you can search by language and location. Our FAQs page answers a number of important questions including how to tell if you need a translator or an interpreter. We hope you enjoy browsing our site.

Our biggest event each year is our annual conference, which is coming up March 23-25. We’re currently accepting proposals for workshops and conference sessions. Click here for more information.

I would like to end this welcome message by sharing with you that our profession continues to grow: employment for interpreters and translators is projected to grow around 46% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average of all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Interpreters and Translators.

Happy Translating! Happy Interpreting!

Marcela Renna
MICATA President 2017-18