Award in Understanding Community Interpreting

Ref: C3672187

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.

Additional information about this course

Learners are required to attend Paddock Learning Centre for an initial assessment on 14/11/17 at 10:00. Please contact John Sephula on 07966255768 for further information.

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 and 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.
  • Understand 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?

  • There will be regular homework assignments to submit to the tutor for written feedback. These assignments will form part of a portfolio which will be submitted for final assessment on the last day of the course.

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?

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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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