Video Remote Interpreting

Advantages of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

  • On-demand connection to virtual interpreters
  • Ensures immediate communication access
  • Allows for reading body language and facial expressions
  • Affordability—We pay only for the interpretation minutes used.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Is Effective in Following School Settings

  • Interpretation session for which an on-site interpreter is not available
  • Interpretation session for which it is preferable not to involve a local interpreter in a private matter
  • Interpretation session that is up to 30 minutes in duration and not complex
  • Immediate situations that require capturing visual cues

Working With a VRI Interpreter

  • The role of the interpreter is to communicate from source language to target language accurately and completely. Interpreters are not facilitators or advocates.

Tips for Working Effectively With a VRI

  • Plan accordingly. Meetings will take longer when using an interpreter.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Brief the interpreter so that he or she has an understanding of what the session entails.
  • Speak directly to the student/parent.
  • Pause after every one or two sentences.
  • Ask if the student/parent understands.
  • Do not use acronyms or technical terms.
  • Clarify unique vocabulary, and provide examples if they are needed to explain a term.
  • To ensure accuracy, your interpreter may sometimes ask for clarification or repetition.