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Effective Interpreting Series

"I created The Effective Interpreting Series because I saw a clear need for theory-based, practical instructional materials in interpreter education. Educators tell me they appreciate having complex ideas made into a logical developmental sequence for their students." - C. Patrie

The foundation of The Effective Interpreting Series is language proficiency in both ASL (including fingerspelled word recognition) and English. Language proficiency in turn, provides a foundation for cognitive processing. These first two layers of The EIS pyramid focus exclusively on developing skills within each language. These essential skills serve as a basis for more complex skills such as translation, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting.

The video accompanying each volume is carefully keyed to the corresponding text, study questions and The Five-Step Follow Up, a unique approach to self-analysis.

The Effective Interpreting Series can be used as part of a formal curriculum, as is currently the case in many interpreter education programs nationwide. Volumes in the series can also be used independently to earn CEUs for the RID Certification Maintenance. Carol is an approved RID CMP sponsor. Contact Carol for details to arrange an Independent Study.

The author, Carol J. Patrie, Ph.D. was instrumental in designing and implementing the Master of Arts in Interpretation program at Gallaudet University. She has authored many other publications and is a sought-after speaker, educator and consultant on the national and international stage. Carol is one of the foremost professionals in the fields of interpreter education.

Click here to download The EIS "Quick Start Guide."

Each volume in The EIS is available in either the Teacher's Guide or a Student Study set. To see the complete series, please visit our Interpreting products page here.

To get the most from this powerful series, and learn how The Effective Interpreting Series can be incorporated into your current curriculum, just arrange a seminar with Carol Patrie.

For more information on EIS seminars, see the Seminar tab below.

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1. What is The Effective Interpreting Series?

The Effective Interpreting Series is a ten-volume set of interpreter education materials that can be used for classroom study or independent study. The series combines clearly explained topics and research with practical exercises that increase the skills needed to interpret effectively. Each set contains a book, and a DVD with natural language excerpts in either ASL or English.

2. How many of the ten volumes have been released?

In November 2018 the final of the ten volumes was released, Simultaneous Interpreting from ASL. The other nine volumes in print are: English Skills Development, ASL Skills Development, Cognitive Processing Skills in English, Cognitive Processing Skills in ASL, Translating from English, Translating from ASL, Consecutive Interpreting from English, Consecutive Interpreting from ASL and Simultaneous Interpreting from English.

3. What is the difference between the Teacher's Guide and the Study Set?

The Teacher's Guide contains all of the information that is in the Study Set plus discussion questions for each unit's topic, and guidance about possible student performance. The DVD that accompanies the Teacher's Guide has the same content as the Study Set DVD.

4. How are the books and DVDs organized?

The sets (book/DVD) are organized in units. Each unit has introductory information about a topic or skill like "multitasking" or "main idea identification." Also in each unit are carefully designed exercises. The source material is on the accompanying DVD. The exercises and study questions guide you through interaction with the DVD.The sets (book/DVD) are organized in units. Each unit has introductory information about a topic or skill like "multitasking" or "main idea identification." Also in each unit are carefully designed exercises. The source material is on the accompanying DVD. The exercises and study questions guide you through interaction with the DVD.

5. Why do you suggest doing each exercise more than once?

Some people think it is like 'cheating' to practice on warm material, but that's not true! Practice on familiar material allows you to develop better control, and helps improve the various skills and processes used for interpreting.

6. I noticed that the speakers sometimes make mistakes when they talk or sign. Didn't they rehearse their lines?

Effective practice material must focus on naturally occurring discourse, complete with mistakes, repetitions, and fillers. This is the type of discourse interpreters will encounter in the real world. All of the speakers and signers in the series were asked to think about several ideas: A brief introduction, a short personal story, how to do something, and a short lecture. The speakers did not write out their remarks and did not rehearse them.

7. What is a progress tracking sheet?

At the end of each chapter is a place for you to keep track of your work. You may choose to just write a comment (qualitative analysis) or you may assign points to your work (quantitative analysis). Both systems are explained in the study set.

8. How long would it take to study the topics in one study set?

TEACHERS: The study sets are designed to provide enough material for a semester-long 3-credit course, if all exercises, study questions, and follow-up exercises are completed.

INDEPENDENT STUDY: Depending on the agreement made with an RID approved sponsor, times can vary.

9. As a working interpreter, do I use the Study Set or Teacher's Guide? How do I set up my independent study?

Working interpreters would benefit from buying Teacher's Guides. The additional tips and information for teachers will also help working interpreters.

To set up independent study, first you need to locate an approved CMP/ACET sponsor. Do this by going to Complete a participant initiated non-RID activities (PINRA) or independent studies form and have it approved by your sponsor. You and the sponsor will agree on what work is to be completed and what the timeframe will be as well as the total number of CEU's you can earn.

10. What are some other ways I can use the materials?

A great way to get the most of The Effective Interpreting Series is to "mix and match" video segments and exercises. If you've completed several sets of materials, but still need practice in a particular skill (like "delayed repetition") you can use video selections from any other part of the series, matched with specific exercises to reinforce your practice.

11. I'm an interpreter educator. Our program has not required students to purchase textbooks in the past, especially not workbooks. Why should I require my students to purchase their own study sets?

There are many reasons to require study sets for your students, like having everyone use the same materials, create more in-class time for discussion, and to make your prep work a little easier!

Interpreter education is very labor-intensive for teachers. In order to maximize contact time with your students it is extremely beneficial to have all students studying the same material at the same time. This will help you identify student strengths and weaknesses. In addition, by providing outstanding source material, you save time. Teachers don't have to search for appropriate material and then think up what exercise would best suit that source material since all of this work has been done for you in preparing The Effective Interpreting Series.

Also, by assigning out-of-class study, you teach students to take responsibility for developing their skills on their own time.

Nationwide, we have a shortage of interpreter education graduates who are fully ready to enter the job market. By providing students with study materials they can use in the program and on their own as they enter the field, we improve the supply of well-qualified graduates.

Teacher seminars are available for The Effective Interpreting Series! For complete workshop information, click here.

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2 days

EIS Overview Training

The goal of this training is to give you an overview of all ten volumes in The Effective Interpreting Series (EIS) with an emphasis on improving your teaching.
2 days

Individual Volume Training

In a 2-day training session, a more in-depth treatment of a single volume of EIS is available. These trainings offer guidance in teaching intralingual skills followed by interlingual skills.
6 days

Comprehensive Training

This allows you to enjoy training in all 10 volumes. This training may be offered in two 3-day sessions.

Trainings of 3 or 4 days can also be arranged upon request.

All trainings will cover the following information about EIS:
  • Assumptions behind EIS
  • Overview of how to use the materials in the volumes being discussed more effectively
  • How to fit EIS into existing curricula
  • How specific information and skill building provided in each volume can improve student outcomes

Number of Participants

The maximum of participants is twenty (20).


All trainings are presented in spoken English. Interpreting services, if needed are the responsibility of the host site.

Requirements for Training (Training Time, Room, Equipment, Texts, Expenses)

Roles and Responsibilities

Cancellation Policy — Once a contract has been agreed upon by both parties, the following cancellation policy is in effect.

  • All out-of- pocket expenses refunded at any time of cancellation
  • Cancellation 3 months in advance of booked date is to be paid at 50% of honorarium
  • Cancellation 2 months in advance - 75% of honorarium
  • Cancellation 1 month in advance - full honorarium

Carol is a master teacher, brilliant researcher, talented author, and is able to present in an accessible way to the diverse group of participants in several modes - spoken and written English and in ASL. Her PowerPoints are plentiful and informative. She has ways of breaking up the day to impact optimal learning experiences. The materials are expertly produced, based upon research that is presented in accessible ways.

Elisa Maroney, Professor of Deaf Studies and Interpreting Studies - Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR)

I used this text (EIS: Simultaneous Interpreting from ASL) for my Spring ASL to Egnlish II course and it has been hugely beneficial. Chock full of great reserach, quality source texts/videos, and practice exercises!

M. Josiah Fehlauer, ASL/English Interpreter; Instructor of Interpreting - Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, OK)

I am so grateful for the work you have done in making things doable - EIS is not over simplified and not so complex it is unattainable for us to use as teachers. Carol is a master teacher.

Amanda Smith, Professor, Division Chair, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies - Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR)

The Effective Interpreting Series is an updated, data-driven curriculum and is an integral foundation to any interpreter education program. What Carol Patrie has brought to fruition through her lifetime of hard work is sorely needed to kick-start the profession of interpreting into this new millennium. These resources benefit budding interpreters and season working interpreters.

Bob LoParo - Adjunct ITP Instructor, East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, CA)