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Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1(Ascentis)

An introduction to the work of a community interpreter and advice on gaining essential voluntary experience
to enable progression to higher level courses. This course is suitable for those with little or no interpreting experience or who wish to find out more about this area of work.
Entry is by written application and interview only.
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Who is this course for

This course is for people who are fluent in English and a language spoken in one of the linguistic communities in the London area. Participants will normally be native speakers of another language.

Participants are not expected to have any previous experience of Community Interpreting, but they may be interested in working in the field in the future.

Participants will have been in the UK long enough to have gained a basic awareness of provision of British public services.

What does this course cover

Students will be introduced to the work of community interpreters and the role they play within the community and public services. They will also look at what voluntary work in this field may entail and will be guided in finding a voluntary placement. Participants are not placed in a voluntary organisation but will be advised on how to find themselves a placement. Participants will also be introduced to general information on public services in the UK and some basic terminology related to them.
Successful completion of the course involves a minimum of 80% attendance.
Participants should be able to demonstrate:
- awareness of the work of a community interpreter - awareness of the provision of public services in the local area - understanding of the dynamics of communities regarding access to public services - awareness of some basic terminology relating to public services - awareness of the difficulties regarding terminology which might arise when interpreting - ability to successfully relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences - awareness of own achievement, evidence of attempts to find voluntary work.

What will it be like

Methods used include group work, pair work, case studies, presentations from the tutor and visiting speakers, learner presentations.
- ongoing assessment by tutor - portfolio of evidence assessed by tutor - internal and external moderation for the accreditation

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will need to provide a folder which will contain the completed work to be presented for final assessment. There is homework set each week which students are expected to complete and which will form part of their final portfolio. We estimate about 2-3 hours a week will be necessary outside of the class.

What this course could lead to

Initially voluntary work with a local linguistic minority community. If enough experience has been gained, students could progress onto the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting. There is no automatic progression to the level 3 once this course has been successfully completed. You may also be interested in taking an English Pronunciation course at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

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This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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