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2015 Nevada/New Mexico Language Access Basic Training (J, CA, M/S, C)

Self-paced online/application based training
(No cost for Modules 1 and 2; $75 for Module 3)

Course Description: The Language Access Basic Training (LABT) is an interactive training that is downloaded by users and provides an introduction to language access for all court employees. The purpose of the training is to ensure that all court employees have a basic understanding of their ethical and legal obligations, as well as current best practices in serving limited English proficient and non-English speaking individuals. The Nevada Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts has partnered with the New Mexico Language Access Center to offer this online course. The AOC has purchased a limited number of licenses for use by the Courts for Modules 1 and 2. The New Mexico Language Access Basic Training is a collaborative project funded by the State Justice Institute and supported by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Language Access Advisory Committee of the Council of State Court Administrators (COSCA).

Course Content: The training consists of 3 modules:

Fundamentals –The Fundamentals module can be used independently or by groups to stimulate discussion or to serve as a planning tool. The module is pertinent for all judicial system professionals whether monolingual or bilingual. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours. The module consists of 4 sections:

    • Program Overview – describes legal basis for language access services
    • Professional Standards – explores best practices in language access
    • Roles of Court Staff – details differing roles of interpreters and bilingual and monolingual staff in provision of language access services
    • Cultural Competency & Customer Service – examines importance of cultural differences in providing good customer service

Educational strategies, such as case studies, question/answer scenarios, scaffolding of interactions, and expert commentary are some of what you'll see in this module.
Note: Users will need speakers or earphones connected to their computer to complete this module.

Bilingual Skills-Building – The Bilingual Skills Building module is designed for bilingual employees who provide language access services as part of their regular work under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The module tracks trainees’ progress and can be used independently or by groups to improve bilingual skills, stimulate discussion or to serve as a diagnostic tool. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours. The module consists of 3 sections:

    • Terminology Acquisition – covers theory and exercises on how to effectively research legal terminology
    • Language Access Facilitation – includes exercises in consecutive interpreting and sight-translation
    • Guidelines for Practice – challenges trainees to apply concepts and techniques in an interactive environment

The module is highly interactive and incorporates exercises where the user will be recording their self. The recordings and quiz results are private and aren't seen by anyone. They are meant to be self-teaching tools for learning at an individual’s own pace. However, supervisors are able to see where they are in the training.
Note: Users will need a microphone and speakers connected to their computer to complete this module.

Bilingual Skills-Assessment – Optional – This fee-based module evaluates a user’s comprehension of the content seen in the Bilingual Skills Building Module. ($75 fee payable to AOC, paid by employee or court as determined by court administration.)Time commitment is approximately 2 hours. The assessment consists of 3 elements:

    • A series of 15 multiple choice questions.
    • One short sight translation exercise.
    • One consecutive interpreting exercise.

The user’s answers will be recorded for grading by an instructor. Upon starting the test the user will be informed of the time they have to finish. At this point the user will have the option to start the test or not. Once started, it’s important to pay attention to the time remaining in the upper left corner of the test window. The user will be given a grade of Pass or Fail.
Note: Users will need a microphone and speakers connected to their computer to complete this module.

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for credential court interpreters and prospective court interpreters. However, judicial officers, quasi-judicial officers, and court staff are also invited to attend.

Continuing Education Credit: Modules 1 and 2, 4.0 CEU and Module 3, 2.0 CEU for certified and registered court interpreters. No CLE credit. 

Register: Review the LABT Court Administration and User Information Guide, complete the LABT Course Application, obtain court administration approval to participate in the course, and then send the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions or more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

System Requirements: Each court has its firewalls and networks configured in a certain way and bandwidth can vary greatly. These and other technical factors can pose a hurdle when downloading or using the LABT. Please review the LABT technical requirements with your IT staff. If there are questions or concerns, the New Mexico Center for Language Access will work directly with your IT staff to ensure that when downloads begin there will not be problems that could have been avoided.

Windows • 1.6GHz or faster x86-compatible processor • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (Classic) • 512mb of RAM; 128mb of graphics memory • 500mb of disk space
Mac OS • Intel Core Duo 1.83ghz or faster processor • Mac OS X v10.7.3 or higher • 512mb of RAM; 128mb of graphics memory • 500mb of disk space
Users of the application will require an Internet connection of a speed of 128kbps or better.

These resources do not necessarily reflect the views of the Supreme Court of Nevada, the Administrative Office of the Courts, or Judicial Education nor provide any warranties as to the currency and accuracy of the information in these works. Users are reminded to check the subsequent changes to rules of court and statutes cited in the works before relying on them. Questions regarding a specific education session should be directed to the faculty of that session.

Copyright Notice: All rights reserved. No part of this product may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, reverse engineering or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of State Justice Institute and the NM Administrative Office of the Courts, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. The use, copy, modification, republication or distribution of the LABT Program and technologies is prohibited without the prior written consent by the State Justice Institute and the NM Administrative Office of the Courts.