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Communication Skills

Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.

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This course is designed for non-native English speakers who speak English fluently but wish to improve their communication skills and comprehension and gain confidence with the view to training as Public Service interpreters. The course will cover pronunciation, idiomatic English, British culture, the terminology of public service institutions, telephone and letter writing techniques and recognition of regional accents.

Who is this course for?

This course is for bilingual students who work or are considering working and training as public service interpreters. Their level of English should be such that they are able to write English without grammatical errors and engage in a ten minute conversation in English.

Learning and Teaching

Students will receive feedback on their pronunciation through audio recordings and will be guided in self and peer assessment. They will discuss cultural differences that might be relevant to their understanding of British public services and practices. They will also be introduced to a variety of regional accents and idiomatic English as these pose significant challenges to interpreters.

Coursework and Assessment

Assessment will be through participation in class, a project, oral and written tests and a final test.

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.