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Advanced English for Public Service Interpreting

Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.

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Course Description

This course is designed to help students of Public Service Interpreting courses to reach the level of oral and written English required for the DPSI examination. It will cover comprehension of public service related texts and correct use of English dialogue and register in public service situations. It will also include appropriate use of English in translation and use of idiomatic expressions, public service terminology, acronyms and euphemisms.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for speakers of English as a second language who have excellent command of oral English and competent command of written English. It will help students to expand their public service related vocabulary and develop oral confidence in the context of public service situations as well as formal letter writing and telephone skills.

Learning and Teaching

Students are given guidance in the use of correct grammar and spelling through formal letter writing techniques and translation into English.

The correct use of register, style and appropriate language are practiced through public service related role plays and familiarisation with subject specific terminology, use of idioms, euphemisms and sensitive language.

Students are encouraged and helped to develop their own public service glossaries. They are also given feedback on their pronunciation and practice the skills of paraphrasing and summarising.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Additional resources

Public Service Interpreting | Frequently Asked Questions