Understanding the Role of the Community Interpreter

Ref: C3672345

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?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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.)
  • Students should have a minimum level 1 English competency and fluency in a community language. They should be interested in volunteering as interpreters within the community. 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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Understanding the Role of the Community Interpreter

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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