FREE Community Interpreting Course

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. The Award is suitable for students who wish to gain knowledge and skills of community interpreting including the role of codes of practice, learn about the settings where interpreters may be required to work, and are not yet ready to study at Level 3 or do not feel ready or able to commit to a longer qualification.

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

Do you need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you.
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course.
  • You should have an interest in working with different linguistic groups in the community you should be a confident speaker of English and be fluent in at least one other language.

By the end of the course you 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 you 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 you 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.
  • 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.
  • A portfolio of work will be required, which will be marked and submitted for assessment.

What else do you 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.).
  • You will need a language partner for role-play practice and assessment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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

What can you do next?

  • 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 IMO or another organisation.
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Students may wish to progress onto the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.

For registration

If this is something, you are interested in joining then register your interest for the assessment by clicking on http://bit.ly/IMOInterpreting by Wednesday 26th Feb 2020.