Community Interpreting

Ref: C3672132

The course provides a practical introduction to the role and responsibilities of the community interpreter and the contexts in which they work. Through a range of activities, students will develop an understanding of some of the main issues faced by interpreters and develop their knowledge of UK public services.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the work of a community interpreter and the role played within the community and public services.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Those fluent in English and a community language who are interested in volunteering as interpreters.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe key aspects of the work of a community interpreter.
  • Describe the settings in which a community interpreter works.
  • Ubderstand the dynamics of communities regarding access to public services.
  • Identify basic public service terminology.
  • Describe the language difficulties which may arise in a community interpreting situation / List some of the differences in public service provision in the UK and another relevant country

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • There will be regular homework assignments to submit to the tutor for written feedback. You will use an individual learning plan with which you and the tutor will establish your objectives and monitor your progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Students should bring a course folder, paper and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • • Opportunities for volunteering with an appropriate organisation • Progress onto CERTA Level 2 Community Interpreting Practice

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Community Interpreting


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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