Starting language interpretation in a Zoom meeting/webinar
(only the meeting host can do this)
- As a best practice, we strongly advise entering the meeting 15 min prior to the start time to soundcheck the interpreter(s). The interpreters are advised to do the same.
- Once you have started your meeting or webinar, and the interpreters have joined, click on the Interpretation icon located at the bottom of the screen.
- For the interpreters listed, select the language combination you want to assign to each interpreter.
- After clicking "Start, the interpreters will are successfully assigned to a language channel.
- Attendees will now be able to click the "Interpretation" icon at the bottom of the screen and select a language channel.
The icon will only show as an option after the host has started the interpretation. The host can also click on Manage Language Interpretation to make changes to the interpretation settings during a session.
Note: Language interpretation cannot be initiated or managed when using the Zoom mobile app. Participants joining from the Zoom mobile app can only listen to interpretation audio channels and view interpreted text.
- As mentioned, we strongly advise entering the meeting 15 min prior to the start time to soundcheck the interpreter(s). The interpreters are advised to do the same.
We strongly encourage speakers and participants to wear a headset, or use an external USB mic, so that the interpreter can hear them clearly.
Speakers and participants are asked to speak slow and avoid interrupting others as that ensures better quality of interpretation.
Update your Zoom regularly. Zoom makes many updates that we are not aware of so to be safe please always make sure you have it updated before joining the meeting/webinar.
The interpretation feature does not work in breakout sessions, so always have the people that need language support in the main room when splitting them in groups.
Remember that technical issues happen especially in virtual meetings. We must be patient and kind. If you see that something is wrong with interpretation, please ask for a quick break and communicate with the staff support or the technician assigned to the meeting.