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Languages and Interpreting


Community Interpreting

The course is aimed at bilingual people who wish to learn the skills needed for interpreting in the public sector. The awarding body for these qualifications is Ascentis – www.ascentis.co.uk 
 

Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1

This course is an introduction to the work of a community interpreter and includes 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.
 

Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role Level 2

This qualification enables learners who are speakers of other languages to develop the language and skills necessary to go on and train as community interpreters at Level 3 and Level 4.

Search for the courses using the course search or enrol here

These courses are currently delivered online using Zoom.  
For more information contact Jane.Carter-Dunn@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Modern Foreign Languages

We offer a variety of languages from complete beginners to more advanced levels for our most popular languages. For more information on what is covered in each course please see our course outlines.

The majority of our levels are divided into three modules of 20 hours each.

Beginners 12 week courses
These courses take you from a complete novice to being able to hold a simple conversation on everyday topics. To join a Part 2 course you will need approximately 30 hours equivalent knowledge.

Beginners (0-60 hours)
“These classes take you from complete novice to being able to hold a simple conversation on everyday topics for example ordering a drink. To join a Part 2 or Part 3 course you will need 20 - 40 hours equivalent knowledge.

Pre-Intermediate (60 – 120 hours)
At this level we will move from simple conversations to describing past events and talking about predictions and future plans.

Intermediate (120 – 180 hours)
Intermediate will consolidate your previous knowledge and improve your speaking accuracy and fluency.

Upper Intermediate (over 180 hours)
This class is for confident speakers who want to develop their fluency and improve their grammar through challenging discussions and debates on current affairs and cultural issues.

Develop Skills to Support Your Work

We offer qualifications in Community Interpreting at Level 1 and Level 3 and British Sign Language at Level 1. For all of these courses you will need to start with a Prepare for course as an introduction to the subject.

How to Enrol
You can enrol online or you can call our Enrolment Hotline on 020 7364 5665. Lines are open 10am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Please note we cannot facilitate telephone enrolments for concessionary fees, as we need to provide proof of concession.
How to Enrol Online
To enrol online, first find your course using our Course Search Once you've found your course click on the ‘Enrol’ button. This will take you to our enrolment system. There you will register to create an account. If you are paying a concession you must provide your evidence, by uploading it to the system. If you enrol on a course that is fully booked you will be automatically added to the waiting list.