Community Interpreting Practice

Ref: C3671159

A practical course for adults wanting to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an effective community interpreter. You will learn how to carry out interpreting assignments confidently and effectively, evaluate your performance and those of your peers, and consider the issues and contexts within which interpreting takes place.

Additional information about this course

All students must attend the pre enrolment session on 16th January and complete an initial assessment prior to enrolling on the course. Admission to the course is dependant on the results of the initial assessment. It is expected that all students will have completed L1 of the course prior to the L2 course

Course aim

To provide students with a practical introduction to basic interpreting techniques and the skills and confidence to carry out interpreting assignments effectively. To develop their understanding of the role of the community interpreter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • Members of linguistic minority communities with some experience of volunteering as interpreters, who are interested in developing their skills and understanding relating to the role in a variety of settings.

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

  • Carry out preparation and planning before an interpreting assignment and understand how to carry out an interpreting interview according to given procedures
  • Use interpreting skills confidently and manage an interpreting interview appropriately
  • Sight translate terminology and/or jargon used in public service contexts
  • Identify areas for my own development as a community interpreter

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • The course is a progression from the Level 1 Understanding the Role of the Community Interpreter and it is expected that students have completed the level 1 course or have some experience as volunteer interpreters.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Two useful websites are: (a site linking community interpreters) (Institute of Translation and Interpreting) Other information sources will be provided by the tutor during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Opportunities for volunteering with an appropriate organisation Progress onto level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (not currently offered by WEA in this region).

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Community Interpreting Practice

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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