What is community interpreting?

Ref: C2420713

This taster session will help students understand key aspects of the work of a community interpreter and decide if they would like to do an accredited Level 1 Community Interpreting course.

Additional information about this course

The taster is free to parents and carers of children that attend schools and children centres in Hackney. For more information, or to book a place on this taster session please contact Charlotte Harris at Gainsborough Children's Centre on 020 8525 9020.

Course aim

This taster session will help students decide if they would like to work as a community interpreter. Students will reflect on existing skills and identify some skills that need developing.

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

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

  • Describe three places where a community interpreter might work
  • Identify 3 situations where a community interpreter would be useful
  • List three essential skills required by a community interpreter

How will I be taught?

  • You will take part in a range of different activities with your tutor and the other students in your class

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course information sheet

What is community interpreting?


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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