• Interpretation and Translation Services

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    The ESL Department of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system assigns an EL Parent Engagement Support Specialist to coordinate interpreters/translators for language services at district-wide and school level. One of the district's priorities is to “Intentionally engage our parent and community partners in understanding, supporting and advocating for our district goals in service of students.” Therefore, to better serve the needs of our English Learner students, families, and school system personnel, the ESL Department has created a process to request interpretations and translations.  

    What is the difference between an interpreter and a translator?


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    An interpreter is a person who is proficient in two or more languages and is able to replace oral messages from one language with equivalent oral messages in another language. Interpreters bridge the language gap, thus allowing people who do not speak the same language to communicate.


    A translator is a person who is proficient in two or more languages and is able to replace written information from one language with written information in another language. The term “translator” is reserved for those whose work is text-based. 

    Note: Currently, our district provides Spanish interpreters and translators. However, if there is any need for another language, please contact Nareny Martinez, the EL Parent Engagement Support Specialist and she will coordinate the interpreter needed for the specific language.