Training Resources for Non-English Speakers

by | Dec 2, 2023

While First Response doesn’t have any instructors who can teach their courses in other languages, with technology, all of our courses and course materials can be translated easily. 

How to Translate this Article and The Test

Make sure your internet browser language is set correctly. We recommend using Google Chrome and will explain how to do this via Google Chrome, but other browsers will have similar features. By setting your language, your browser will automatically translate web pages and content to your preferred language. When taking a course with us, this will allow you to translate your test and any online resources from us like this article and others on our blog

Here is a guide from Google on how to set your language and use Google Translate when viewing a page that isn’t in your preferred language. They explain everything for every type of device. However, I will share the most important part below based on your device.

If on a Computer, Do The Following:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Google Translate,” click Translate into this language.
  5. Select the language that you want from the language list.

If on an iPhone, Do The Following:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Chrome‌.
  2. Go to a webpage written in another language.
  3. At the top, select the language you want to translate to.
  4. To change the default language, tap “Settings” and then “More languages” and select the language.
  5. Chrome will translate the webpage this one time.
  6. To always translate pages in this language, tap “Settings” and then “Always translate”.

If on an Android, Do The Following:

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome.
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap “More” and then “Settings” and then “Languages”.
  3. Under “Chrome’s language,” tap the current language.
  4. From the language list, select the language you want.
  5. After the language downloads, in the toolbar, tap Restart.
  6. The download is complete when you find “Language ready” under your new language.

How to Translate One of Our Handouts

When taking a class with us, you will get one of our handouts. If taking the class online, we will give you the file beforehand, and you can upload it to Google Translate Documents which can translate the PDF into any language. If you need it in Spanish, we have had this handout pre-translated professionally. View our CPR handout in Spanish here and view our Fire Safety handout in Spanish here

If you are taking a class in person with us, your instructor will have the Spanish handout to give you. If you speak another language than Spanish, then downloading the Google Translate app will be key. This will allow you to use your camera to scan the handout to see what it is saying. As well as using the microphone feature to have it translate your instructor’s words and instructions.

Translating Instruction in an Online Class 

If taking a class with us online, you can turn on translated closed captions in Zoom. This will help you follow along in the online class by having the instruction translated.

You can activate the closed captioning by doing the following:

  1. Login into the Zoom meeting with the link provided via email
  2. Click the 3 dots labeled “More” on the right side of the toolbar.
    1. If on your phone, it may not be in the “More” section.
  3. Click “Captions”
  4. Click “Show Captions”
  5. Then a pop-up box will show asking you what language you want to translate to.
  6. Select your desired language and click save and you should start seeing closed captioning in your language.

While these translations are not perfect, they will help you better understand the content. 

Translating Instruction Videos on YouTube

We post all of our videos on our YouTube channel. If you want to watch them there, YouTube allows you to translate them into your language. If you are taking the class with us in person, you can ask your instructor to put the translations on as well. 

To turn on translated closed captions in YouTube, do the following:

  1. Click the “CC” button at the bottom of the video player to turn on closed captions
  2. Click the gear icon next to closed captions. 
  3. Click the Closed Caption row in that pop up
  4. Click “Auto Translate”
  5. Select your preferred language 
  6. You will now see translated closed captions

Other Methods? 

If you have other methods, you suggest please leave a comment below to help people find new ways to learn this important material in their native language.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Matt Enser</a>

Matt Enser

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Matt has taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety courses for First Response since December 2018. He also coordinates much of the digital marketing and creative tasks. Outside of First Response, he can be found getting up in the mountains as well as serving in the local church.

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