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Taking up the Christmas University Challenge

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A new course at the University of Leicester aims to give speakers of more than one language the skills to take advantage of the opportunities that the growing demand for community interpreters offer.

The Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies, based in the School of Modern Languages, offers intensive, short courses in community interpreting for those working or aiming to work in the profession.

The courses are for bilinguals who may already be practising interpreting in the community, but who have had little or no formal training. 

Community interpreters are frequently used by schools, hospitals, social services, courts and the Police – environments where accuracy in interpreting is vital.

Professor Kirsten Malmkjær, Head of the Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies, said: “Demand for skilled interpreters within the community has never been higher, yet many practitioners have not had the opportunity to develop the skills required by the profession. These new short courses aim to boost the confidence and skills of interpreters with excellent skills in English and one other language, and enable them to take on challenging interpreting jobs.

“As well as offering opportunities to practise, the courses will focus on concepts such as types of interpreting, issues and roles in community interpreting, institutions where community interpreting takes place, best practice guidelines, codes of conduct and ethics of the profession.”

The next course is planned for September 2013 and costs £800, with a discount of £300 for the first ten applicants accepted on the course. The Centre can also create bespoke courses to particular specifications.

For more information and future course dates visit www2.le.ac.uk/business/cpd/ial or  contact Maria-Jose Escudero Bregante, Interpreter Course Organiser, on 0116 252 2683 or interpreting@le.ac.uk

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