Introduction to Public Service Interpreting
Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.
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This course will give students an overview of the knowledge, skills and understanding required of a public service interpreter and of practical issues associated with working as a public service interpreter in the UK. It will include basic interpreting skills and terminology, professional conduct, continuing professional development, assignment preparation and working on a freelance basis.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for bilingual students working or interested in working as Public Service Interpreters. It is strongly recommended that students who have little or no experience of interpreting complete this course before undertaking the more advanced courses “Public Service interpreting – Health” and “Public Service interpreting – Law”.
There is no formal screening but students should be able to understand public service information texts in both English and their other language and to express themselves in a fluent, clear and coherent manner in both languages.
Learning and Teaching
- Students will be introduced to the main principles of professional conduct for Public Service (PS) interpreters with reference to the Impartial Model of PS interpreting. Their application to a variety of scenarios and settings will be demonstrated.
- The skills required of a PS interpreter will be outlined and demonstrated and students will be given an opportunity to practice them.
- Students will be guided to start a glossary of specialised terminology and to practice the skill of paraphrasing.
- Practical issues related to working as a public service interpreter in the UK will be outlined and discussed.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be guided to use the Virtual Learning Environment we call “Learning Central” to access a wide range of resources and undertake relevant reading and research. They will be expected to spend around four hours in preparation for each hour in class. This will include researching terminology that will form part of the written tests and used in practical work (e.g. role plays).
The assessment consists of written tests throughout the course and an oral bilingual assessment towards the end of the course.
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.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn 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.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.