Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting

Ref: C3530836

The Level 2 Award is for students who are interested in community interpreting work in a voluntary or paid capacity in a range of settings, including housing, education, social care, welfare benefits, immigration and health.

Course aim

The course aims to prepare people for working or volunteering as a community interpreter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for students who speak English and another language with some previous experience of community interpreting or a level 1 qualification in interpreting. You should have an interest in working with different linguistic groups in the community.

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

  • Understand the settings for community interpreting
  • Understand the ethical context for community interpreting and the community interpreting role
  • Understand the importance of preparation and planning for community interpreting and carry out preparation and planning before an interpreting assignment
  • To sight translate terminology and/or jargon used in service contexts and use interpreting skills in an interpreting situation
  • To identify areas for own development

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • In order to achieve the certification for this course you will be expected to submit a portfolio of work.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The students should have basic learning equipment with them, paper, pen(s) and a ring binder or folder to keep their work. You will need a language partner for role play practice and assessment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Many private and public organisations hiring community interpreters require the applicants to have or be working towards a level 2 qualification in community interpreting. Students may wish to progress onto the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.

Download full course information sheet

Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting

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This course has been cancelled.

Conditions

This course is funded by the West of England Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2019
  • 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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