Course Description

French is the 5th most common non-English language spoken in U.S. households. Many French-speaking patients needing interpreting in the U.S. come from Africa. This introductory-level course provides participants with tools and resources to learn about healthcare systems in French-speaking countries, including Africa, and to find reliable medical terminology in French. Participants learn how to create their own medical glossaries, applying step-by-step, time-saving strategies that will last for a lifetime. After taking this introductory course, participants will have a solid foundation in English-French medical terminology search, a primer for the Level 2 of this course.

What you will learn

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge of French-speaking countries in Africa

  • Apply strategies to learn about healthcare systems in French-speaking countries

  • Apply strategies to find reliable medical terminology

  • Apply strategies to find other healthcare resources in French

  • Demonstrate knowledge of English-French glossary building

Who should attend

This course is intended for interpreters looking to develop a foundation in English-French Medical Terminology.

Skill Level: Foundational    Language: English    Specialization: Medical


Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo

Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo holds an M.A. in Translation and a Ph.D. in Translation from Université de Montréal. She has been translating, teaching, and interpreting in the Americas, Europe, and Africa for the past 30 years and teaching translation online since 2003. She is an online translator and interpreter trainer and currently teaches in the online Certificate in Professional Translation and Interpreting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, including medical interpretation. Laurence is a CoreCHITM-certified healthcare interpreter, an OTTIAQ-certified translator in Québec, and was recently elected to the administrator’s position of the American Translators Association’s Educators Division (2020—2022).

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to Healthcare Interpreting For French Speaking Patients

  • 2


    • Healthcare Interpreting for French Speaking Patients

    • Glossary Building

    • Where to Look for Medical Information and Terminology

  • 3

    Post Webinar Review

    • Quiz

    • Feedback Survey