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Highlighting the diverse and international character of the Monterey Institute Toastmasters Club, members have partnered with the school’s translation and interpretation program to offer multilingual live events. At a special event last year members had the option to give a presentation in the language they are most comfortable with, and have their presentation interpreted simultaneously by students into other languages.

Toastmaster Magazine featured the unique event hosted by the MIIS club in its April edition. The club includes members from the Monterey Institute community, faculty, staff, and students as well as people from the local community.

Building on the academic strengths of the Institute and the diverse backgrounds of members, the club’s live event featured seven speeches presented in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and English, interpreted simultaneously for the audience into those four languages as well as Japanese and French. As member Will Heilbut (MBA ’14) explains in the article, “We not only highlighted the language diversity of our club and our school, but also the complexities of working with an interpreter.”

The MIIS Toastmasters Club created a short short video about their partnership with translation and interpretation program.

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