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Lost in Translation - Busting Common Myths While Saving Your Organization's Reputation and Money

Lost in Translation - Busting Common Myths While Saving Your Organization's Reputation and Money

Do you need a translator or an interpreter? What is the difference? Learn more in this article.

English Teacher Needed in Merrillville, Indiana

Job Description

Job Description

Midwest Language Services is now interviewing English as Second Language (ESL) tutors to business people and their families in Merrillville, Indiana for part-time work (from 1 hour to 16 hours per week) to prepare lessons and teach English as a Second or New language to beginners and intermediate-level students (Level A and B on the CEFRL scale).
Day and evening hours available. Please let us know your availability.

  • Arrive at lessons on time or even a little early (5-10 minutes) as punctuality is highly valued is certain cultures. Arriving even a couple of minutes late might be taken negatively.

  • Create lesson plans

  • Continually assess student needs.

  • Create lesson plans to help students improve their language skills.

  • Allow the student to speak at least 50 percent of the lesson time.

  • Assign and check homework, as needed.

  • Keep track of student attendance.

  • Be patient, encouraging, and help students speak and understand English more fluently.

Desired Qualities

  • At least two years of ESL teaching experience to adult learners

  • At least a Bachelor's Degree in English, Education or related field

  • Knowledge of a second language (to be able to understand the struggles of learning a second language)

  • Professional in appearance, attitude, preparedness, etc.

  • Business dress code (conservative attire - no jeans, no sandals or open-toed shoes, etc.)

  • Able to create engaging lesson plans for expats who need English to communicate with business colleagues and with people in the community for everyday purposes

  • Able to drive to the client or to one of our convenient locations

  • Extremely punctual


  • Flexible schedule - set your hours, but then keep those hours regularly

  • Motivated learners

  • Compensation $20 - $25 per hour, depending on experience and other qualifications

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $20.00 to $25.00 /hour

Interviewing Basics

It’s exciting to interview for a job you are interested in doing; however, simple things send subtle signals that you may or may not be so excited about the job. Here are some tips to help you put your best foot forward and improve your chances of getting hired. Little things mean a lot.

  1. Show up on time. The idea of what “on time” means varies from culture to culture. if you’re interviewing to be an interpreter, teacher, or anyone else who needs to be punctual because others will be waiting for you, then showing up on time might actually mean showing up at least fifteen minutes early in the parking lot of the place you’re going to so you have enough time to gather your thoughts, look in the mirror, and then walk in the door. Showing up late tends to signal that you don’t care about the job or that you are presumptuous about getting hired. Life happens. If you must be late, call as soon as possible.

  2. Smile. You are preparing to interview somewhere you would like to work. You may be nervous, but people like to be around people who have a pleasant demeanor. This is especially true if you are interviewing for a job that requires you to be around other people. No one wants to hire a sourpuss.

  3. Avoid complaining. I once interviewed an interpreter I will never call on simply because she tossed her purse on the interview table, complained about the landscaping in front of the building, and then complained about how difficult it was to come to my office. People tend to hire people who are going to represent their company well and not cause embarrassment or a negative work environment. (See number 2.)

  4. Avoid wearing heavy cologne, after shave, or other perfumed products. Less is more. Some people are allergic to heavy scents and also prone to migraines. Deodorant is fine (and encouraged), but anything else may be too much.

  5. Dress the part. Think of what you would expect someone to wear if they were doing the job you are applying for. Dress shoes, slacks, a button-up shirt, dress, conservative top, and skirts are fitting for most interviews. Assume a more formal atmosphere and discuss the dress code after you get the interview. Conversely, if you get a second interview, don’t assume that you can wear casual clothing. It is better to be overdressed than under-dressed.

  6. Read about the company before the interview. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about what you may be doing and how you might contribute in other ways to the company.

  7. Ask not what the company can do for you, but ask what you can do for the company. In other words, don’t start discussing salary and benefits until you have shared how you would be an asset to the company.

The above tips also hold true even after you’ve been hired. Ask yourself how you can add value to the company. This may open doors to you even after you’ve been hired and can lead to greater responsibility and pay within the company.

Interpreter Training Workshop - Interpreting in Palliative Care

Interpreter Training Workshops

We are offering an interpreter training workshop in Palliative Care on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The location may change, depending on the number of students. The deadline to enroll is April 23, 2018.

Interpreting in Palliative Care - CANCELLED


This is a workshop for interpreters in health care. Help improve your understanding of content and vocabulary you may encounter in palliative care, as it is a rapidly expanding area of medicine

There are three areas in which you may grow:

  • help optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness

  • expand your knowledge

  • improve both your interpreting skills and your comfort level with palliative care settings


Training will be given by Liz Essary.

Thank you.

Cost: $99

735 Shelby St.

Indianapolis, IN 46203

May 12 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Now Interviewing Freelance and Staff Interpreters

We are looking for linguists who are not only bilingual, but who have a minimum of five years of experience in any of the following: conference interpreting, interpreting for appointments, audits, or other interpreting experience. Education at an accredited university is preferred along with certification and additional training beyond the university.

Have you studied interpreting, received certification, or have many years of professional interpreting experience? Please send your résumé and cover letter to Midwest Language Services, LLC for consideration.

Thank you.