Award in Understanding Community Interpreting

Ref: C3528699

This qualification offers the opportunity for students who are speakers of other languages to learn about the role of the community interpreter. You will learn about the language skills required when working in the community – giving an awareness of how language changes depending on the situation. There is also an opportunity to look at how public and voluntary service sectors work in the community.

Additional information about this course

If you are interested in joining our Community Interpreting course you will need to have an assessment of your English level. For further information please contact Kathryn on 0117 9166520. No class on 23/10/17.

Course aim

To learn about the role of the Community Interpreter, how to use language to the best advantage in different settings and the sectors where interpreters may be required to work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • • You should have an interest in learning about the role of an interpreter • You should be a confident speaker of English and be fluent in at least one other language

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

  • Be aware of language use in different contexts
  • Use basic public service terminology
  • Understand the settings in which a Community Interpreter works
  • Understand key aspects of the work of a Community Interpreter
  • Understand the process of finding relevant voluntary work

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
  • • You will receive regular verbal and written feedback from your tutor • A file of work will be required which will be marked and submitted for assessment

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • - Writing implements, pen, pencil, etc. - Ring binder. - Paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Award in Understanding 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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