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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Improving access to inclusive, equitable, high quality education.
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
Media & Communications offers translation and interpretation services to assist with communicating to our diverse community.
Translation is the conversion of written information from one language into equivalent information in another language (Aparicio and Durban 2003).
Translating educational materials requires knowledge of basic terminology along with specialized vocabulary related to curriculum and local, state, and federal programs and policies. It requires access to dictionaries and also to resources on the Internet so that consistency and widespread understanding of commonly used terms can be assured.
Interpreters work with the spoken word, converting speech from a source language into a target language. The interpreter must also communicate the style and tone of the speaker, while taking into account differences of culture, dialect, and setting. The listeners should hear the interpreted message as if it had been originally spoken in their own language.
Interpreting has several modes, each requiring a set of skills that are acquired over time and that must be maintained.
Consecutive. This mode is characterized by rendering spoken messages back and forth after each person has spoken.
Simultaneous. This mode is characterized by rendering a message from a source language into a target language almost simultaneously and slightly behind the speaker.
Sight translation. This mode involves the verbal translation of written text on sight.
Source: California Department of Education Quality Indicators
American Association of Interpreters and Translators in Education promote the highest standards for interpreting and translation in educational settings and across these professions as a whole. They provide opportunities for interpreters and translators in education to gather and grow together and provide other professional development opportunities.
American Translators Association mission is to advance the translation and interpretation profession, and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. They also have a database of interpreters and translators available.
Northern California Translators Association a professional association of translators and interpreters, has become a pillar of the foreign language industry in California. The agency has a database of interpreters and translators available.
Evergreen Valley College is a local educational institution providing a translation & interpretation program.
Cross Cultural Communication strives to become the world leader for interpreter and cultural competence training and resources that overcome language and cultural barriers to promote communicative autonomy, intercultural communication, quality services and justice.
Dictionaries and Glossaries
Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española Royal Academy of the Spanish Language Dictionary
English-Spanish translations of common terms related to IDEA
The Glossary of Education Reform is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school terms, concepts, and strategies for parents, and community members. In English only.
A parent guide to understand special education in English only.
English-Spanish Glossary for Educational Setting was developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) to encourage more consistent use of words and terminology that are commonly found in state and federal communication documents about assessment, education, and accountability. Its purpose has been, and continues to be, to ensure the consistency of documents the CDE produces for Spanish-speaking audiences, primarily parents and guardians. The CDE is now making this resource available to local educational agencies for the same purpose.
Word Reference bilingual dictionary, many languages.
Hola Language Services Glossary of Educational Terms
What is an IEP? (PowerPoint Presentation - 1.32 MB)
What are CAT Tools (Computer Assisted Translation) and why we use them? (Video)
Applications and Software
Lilt Web-based machine translation tool.
MyStilus Online spellchecker and grammar tool for the Spanish language. You can use Stilus Macro for Word without leaving Word.
Word Fast Translation software.
Word Fast Web-based translation memory tool.
News and Articles
El Castellano This page is dedicated to articles related to language news, language inquiries, and dictionaries.
The Fundéu BBVA (Fundación del Español Urgente) is a non-profit organization and the main responsibility of the Foundation is to maintain the unity and "purity" of the Spanish language.