Working with Interpreters Courses

If your organisation is new to the world of interpreting, it can be difficult to understand what type of interpreter you should use and also to learn how to work with an interpreter when you employ the. The courses in this section are designed to help educate you and mean that your organisation can work with interpreters more effectively.

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If you have any questions about any of these courses, please contact the team at info@islinguists.com

 

Running a Freelance Business Courses

The ISL business skills courses are designed to help you to get your freelance business up and running. Although the fundamentals discussed in these courses can be applied to many businesses, of different sizes, the courses have been tailored specifically to the linguist audience.

The introductory business skills courses can be completed individually as stand alone courses or at a discounted rate as a set of six.

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If you have any questions about any of these courses, please contact the team at info@islinguists.com

 

Introductory – Business Skills

The ISL business skills courses are designed to help you to get your business as a freelance linguist up and running. Although the fundamentals discussed in these courses can be applied to many businesses, of different sizes, the courses have been tailored specifically to the linguist audience.

The introductory business skills courses can be completed individually as stand alone courses or at a discounted rate as a set of six.

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If you have any questions about any of these courses, please contact the team at info@islinguists.com

 

Interpreting for Nottingham University Hospital

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Who is it for?

If you are bilingual and wish to work for thebigword fulfilling paid interpreting assignments for Nottingham University Hospital, this course is an essential starting point.

This course is designed to teach you the basics about what is required to work as an interpreter as well as helping you to acquire vital knowledge on medical terminology you will need during your assignments.

This course can also be used as a foundation for the ISL Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting qualification.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter

Working with:

  • Nottingham University Hospital (NUH)

 


Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course is priced at £30.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require an internet connection and basic computer skills.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the protocols of interpreting assignments in the NHS
  2. Be able to select and use appropriate sources to prepare for assignments in the NHS
  3. Compile a glossary in an appropriate format containing terminology specialist to the NHS

What support will I have?

  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

How will you assess me?

The course is vocational, meaning that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments. You can revisit part, or all, of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a Certificate of Achievement.

 

How do I apply?

You can access the course as soon as payment is received by PayPal. Click the link below to begin.

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Interpreting for the NHS

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Who is it for?

Are you an interpreter working in public services? Do you want to increase your knowledge about working with specific public services, or do you want to start working for a specific public service but do not currently have the knowledge?

This accredited ‘Interpreting for the NHS’ course is designed for public services interpreters who want to work, or already work on the NHS assignments. It gives you the background knowledge and skills you will need to work effectively with the NHS. This course can also be studied as part of or as an add-on to the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter

Working with clients such as:

  • National Health Service (NHS)

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour


Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course is priced at £30.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require an internet connection and basic computer skills.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the protocols of interpreting assignments in the NHS
  2. Be able to select and use appropriate sources to prepare for assignments in the NHS
  3. Compile a glossary in an appropriate format containing terminology specialist to the NHS

 

What support will I have?

  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The NHS course is vocational, meaning that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments. You can revisit part, or all, of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a Certificate of Achievement.

How many Credits is the course worth?

The course is worth 3 credits, which can be put toward an accredited qualification.

How do I apply?

You can access the course as soon as payment is received by PayPal. Click the link below to begin.

Click here to make Payment.

Introduction to Business Skills for Linguists – taster course offer

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As mentioned in the email you received, ISL is delighted to offer you a discounted price on the remaining courses within the Introductory Business Skills suite which includes business advice like:

  • What is involved in starting up and running a business
  • The benefits and challenges of your own business
  • How to understand the legal structure of businesses
  • What you need to know about business registration, insurance and health and safety
  • How to complete vital market research
  • What to put into your business plan
  • How and where to market your business

The course suite includes:

 

Usually available for a bundle price of £120, you can now access the entire course suite for just £60!

 

Please hurry! This offer is only valid for 30 days!




Please see further information on the courses below:

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 days.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Introduction to Business Skills for Linguists teaches you the basic skills and knowledge you need to run a successful business including setting up a business, entrepreneurship, marketing, self-assessment, legal considerations, market research, financial management and planning for success. After completing these introductory courses, you will be on the right path to becoming a successful business man or women.

 Course breakdown

Course 1: Self-Assessment and Business Aptitude

Course 2: Legal Considerations

Course 3: Introduction to Market Research

Course 4: Introduction to Marketing

Course 5: Financial Management

Course 6:  Planning for Success

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The Introduction to Business Skills for Linguistsis vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Take advantage of this great offer today:




 

ISL Taster Course: Introduction to Business Skills for Linguists Course 1: Self Assessment and Business Aptitude

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Who is it for?

Are you a freelance linguist? Or are you about to work as a linguist and are wondering how to get started? If so, then this course is ideal for you.

Although many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will introduce you to the essentials you will need to consider to run a successful business whether you are a freelancer or have ambitions to expand beyond that.  The course will allow you to undertake a practical assessment of yourself and your financial health in order to make well informed business decisions.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time is approximately 3-5 hours study time which you can undertake at any time convenient to you.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Self Assessment and Business Aptitude for Linguiststeaches you the essentials of what it means to be an ‘entrepreneur’.  You will be able to assess your own skill set and identify those areas you need to develop in order to be successful.  You will assess your own financial health and how this will impact upon the success or otherwise of any business you run and look at how you can start to format your ideas into a concrete business idea.

 

This course is one of a series of Introductory Business Skills Courses.

 

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Self Assessment and Business Aptitudeis vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting

download course brochureAre you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or do you already hold a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification and are looking to develop further and work towards accepting more complex assignments?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, the Level 4 Certificate in community Interpreting is a perfect fit.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is designed for interpreters who already have 50 or more hours of interpreting experience and are looking to further develop their specialisms and learn how to operate successfully as a freelancer. It is ideal for interpreters who are wishing to work toward higher level interpreting assignments such as legal interpreting or gain experience that will help gain a higher level interpreting qualification like the DPSI .

Upon completion of your Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting you will be able to work directly with clients who require interpreters or for Language Service Providers who will find assignments on your behalf, both in person or on the telephone from the comfort of your own home.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will support you to develop your knowledge and skills as a professional, competent interpreter in public services.  You can also focus your professional practice by choosing from a range of public services in which to specialise, meaning that you will be more attractive to Language Service providers and employers in the industry.

You will develop not only a detailed understanding of how to interpret in various situations, but also a thorough understanding of professional practice and the current debates in the specialist areas you choose. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your consecutive, simultaneous and telephone interpreting skills as well as providing you with the knowledge you need to run a successful freelance business.

The course has a 14 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied – another reason to sign up today and begin the next stage of your career.

Description

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

When can I start?

You can start the process today by filing in the sign up form below. Once completed, you can start the qualification within days.  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-8 months, but you can complete it quicker if you already have skills, knowledge and experience of interpreting.

Are there any requirements?

To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in your target language and as a minimum you must have Level 4 competence in all areas of your English language (level C1 on the Common European Framework, level 6.5 to 7.7 IELTS) and Level 5 language competence (level C2 on the Common European Framework, level 8.0 to 9.0 IELTS) in your first language.

What will I learn?

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will teach you how to develop your interpreting and specialism skills and knowledge so that you can develop into a more professional and competent interpreter. It includes units on two way interpreting, translation and professional development alongside specialisms including health, immigration and the Criminal Justice System, and business knowledge.

How many credits is the qualification worth?

A minimum of 23 credits is required to pass the qualification.

Unit breakdown

Group A: Mandatory units

Unit A1:  Interpret Two Way

Unit A2: Sight Translation from and into English

Unit A3: Professional Development in Community Interpreting

Group B: Optional units

Unit B1:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Educational Settings

Unit B2:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Health Service

Unit B3:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Mental Health Services

Unit B4:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Social Services

Unit B5:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Immigration Services

Unit B6:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Housing Services

Unit B7:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Welfare Benefits System

Unit B8:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Criminal Justice System

Group C: Optional units

Unit C1:   Telephone Interpreting

Unit C2:   Community Interpreting Research Unit

Unit C3:  Mentoring in Community Interpreting

Unit C4:  Essential Enterprise Know How

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a vocational qualification, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments which could include observation, conversation, answering questions, collecting evidence or submitting assignments.

Can I apply for funding or discounts?

To make our qualifications as accessible as possible, all of our students can choose to pay by interest free installments, meaning you can earn as you learn.

For information on funding and discounts, please click here

How do I apply?

You can get started with your qualification today by completing the sign up form below. One of our team of experts will call you back to give you further details and tell you what is next.

  • 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied
  • Course Fee: £795 (payable in interest free instalments by request) 
  • Distance and Blended Learning
  • Approx. 6 months to complete
  • Accredited Qualification

What is the registration process?

At ISL, we want to be confident that everyone who is accepted onto our qualification has the right skill, knowledge and  ability to be able to successfully complete the learning experience. There are also certain things we need to do to be able to register you onto a nationally recognised qualification.

In total, there are 6 steps in the registration process, which are pictured below. At each step in the process we will give you clear instructions about where you are and what you need to do next and you can ask us questions whenever you feel the need to make the process as simple as possible.

The first step in the process is to register your interest, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

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If you have questions about the course that are not answered above, please consult our list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

Sign Up and Information

If you are bilingual, or fluent in a second language, and are interested in achieving this qualification, you can sign up today by clicking here and pressing the ‘Get started now’ button.

 

Book Keeping for Expert Linguists

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter working in the industry for many years, with a solid reputation looking to move your career forward? If you have answered ‘yes’ then the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses is for you.

As an expert linguist you have got excellent language skills and experience in running your own business as a freelancer.  In order to progress your career to the next level you will need to develop further skills to support that development.  This course looks at how to set up and manage your books to comply with legislation as well as being able to manage your business efficiently.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Book-keeping for Expert Linguists will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to set up and manage an efficient book-keeping system.  The course will explore the different paper-based and software options available to you and support you to create and understand a simple system.  The course will also look at the legislative responsibilities for you as a linguist and how you can meet these cost effectively.

This course is part of the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Book-keeping for Expert Linguists for Expert Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Employing People and Managing Staff

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter working in the industry for many years, with a solid reputation looking to move your career forward? If you have answered ‘yes’ then the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses is for you.

As an expert linguist you have got excellent language skills and experience in running your own business as a freelancer.  In order to progress your career to the next level you will need to develop further skills to support that development.  This course looks at how to start employing others in your business – one of the key issues in expanding your business.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Employing People and Staff Management for Expert Linguists  will provide you with the information you need to decide if employing staff is right for you.  This course explores the issues involved in the different options available for staffing your business, your responsibility as an employer and the issues that you will face in managing staff.  This course is comprised of practical activities and useful information for any linguist looking at expanding a business by taking staff on.

This course is part of the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Employing People and Staff Management for Expert Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Management and Leadership Skills

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter working in the industry for many years, with a solid reputation looking to move your career forward? If you have answered ‘yes’ then the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses is for you.

As an expert linguist you have got excellent language skills and experience in running your own business as a freelancer.  In order to progress your career to the next level you will need to develop further skills to support that development.  This course explores your management and leadership skills and how you can develop these further to develop your potential career.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Management and Leadership for Expert Linguistsallows you to assess your management and leadership skills with a view to developing your career.  You will explore the theories of leadership and examine the skills and attributes that successful managers possess, making an action plan to develop your own skills.

This course is part of the Business Skills for Expert Linguists suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Management and Leadership for Expert Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Business Skills for Expert Linguists: Set of three courses

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This suite of courses will allow you to make the step from freelancer to owner of a small business. It helps you to become an employer, taking on and managing your employees.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Manager
  • Company Owner

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 days.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Business Skills for Expert Linguists teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to take your first steps into management or to start to run a business which employs others. It looks at essential management and employment skills and explains in detail how to work out the finances for a small business.

Course Breakdown

Course 1: Management and Leadership Skills

Course 2: Employing People and Managing Staff

Course 3: Book-keeping for Linguists

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The Business Skills Builder for Linguists courses are vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

You can get started with your qualification today by completing the form below. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible with further details.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Financial Management

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will give you the practical skills to be able to take financial control of your business and review your financial health.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Financial Management for Linguistscovers the essential financial management tools:  cashflow, profit and loss, balance sheets and breakeven analysis, which will allow you to assess your financial health, deal with HMRC and the bank.  This course will provide you with practical activities to test your knowledge and ensure that you are able to compile and interpret the key financial areas of business in order to make effective business decisions.

This course is part of the Business Skills Builder suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Financial Management for Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Dealing with Tax and National Insurance

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will give you the practical knowledge to manage your own tax affairs, or monitor those you employ to manage your affairs on your behalf.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £3

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Dealing with Tax and National Insurance for Linguistsprovides you with the practical skills you need to manage your tax affairs, dealing with HMRC and comply with legislation.  This is always the area that any linguist worries about.  This course lays out, in simple terms, how taxation works, how tax and National Insurance are calculated and provides practical guidance on when you need an accountant.  This allows you to take control of your own tax affairs and decide if you need the expense of an accountant or not.

This course is part of the Business Skills Builder suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Dealing with Tax and National Insurance for Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Further Planning Skills

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will give you the practical skills to plan your business and look towards ways to expand and diversify to make a more rewarding career.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Further Planning Skills for Linguists provides you with the planning skills you need to survive in today’s competitive market.  It explores how you can diversify into other markets and sectors in order to expand and the practicalities of doing so.  This is a course for you if you are looking to increase your income and employ all the skills you have, not just your interpreting skills.

This course is part of the Business Skills Builder suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Further Planning Skills for Linguists is vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Time and Stress Management

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will give you the practical knowledge to be able to manage your day to day stress and use the time you have in a more effective way.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Time and Stress Management for Linguistsprovides practical exercises to support linguists in what is a stressful career.  This course will support you to assess how you currently use your time, your current stress levels and your existing coping mechanisms.  Having conducted this self assessment, exercises will support you to identify better, more effective ways in which to both understand your stress and manage it, as well as organise your time more efficiently.

This course is part of the Business Skills Builder suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Time and Stress Management for Linguists coursesare vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Selling Skills

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Who is it for?

Are you a Professional Interpreter already working in the industry and want to develop your business and your career? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of the above then the Business Skills Builder for Linguists suite of courses is for you.

Many interpreters, translators and other linguists have got excellent language skills needed to do the job, often the knowledge and skills to effectively run your own business is something which have to be picked up along the way. This course will allow you to assess your existing selling skills and plan future strategies.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Proof reader
  • Freelance Reviewer

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today – why not sign up now?  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-10 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will not need any special requirements to take this course, all you will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Selling Skills for Linguistswill allow you to assess your communication skills and existing selling strategies.  Practical exercises will explore how you can develop your selling skills using two practical sales models.  These are essential skills for any linguists wanting to expand and develop in the profession.

This course is part of the Business Skills Builder suite of courses.

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL (when available)
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

Selling Skills for Linguistsis vocational, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

How do I apply?

Register your interest by completing the form below

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Introductory – Software

The introductory software courses allow linguists to learn how to use the software they will need at their own pace.

Course Name Course Description Length Price Format
thebigword Highly Secure Translation Editor thebigword Highly Secure Translation Editor is a desktop editor that enables translation and transcription of bilingual, audio and scanned source content. It provides unique layers of security for your ‘top secret’ and ‘highly confidential’ content throughout the translation process. This course teaches linguists how to use Highly Secure Translation Editor.

Learn more about thebigword technology here

2hrs £free to thebigword translators Online
thebigword Review Tool Review Tool is an integrated feature of thebigword Translation Management System (TMS). Its purpose is to facilitate a comprehensive review of translated content with a view to raising translation quality and supporting translator learning.

This course teaches linguists how to use Review Tool.

Learn more about thebigword technology here

2hrs £free to thebigword reviewers Online

Introductory – Tests

Our introductory tests are designed to help establish your level of language proficiency so that you can check if you meet the criteria to join one of our accredited courses or see if you are at the right level to be a professional linguist.

If you are interested in taking any of these tests, complete the form at the bottom of this page and a member of our team will get back to you with more information. Alternatively, sign up for your Linguist Career Progression Plan.

 

Test Name Test Description Length Price Format
English Language Proficiency Test Based on the Common European Framework, this tests your speaking and listening English ability. Tests are administered by a qualified assessor and upon completion you will be given feedback on your level of English.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Role Play
English Literacy Test Based on the Common European Framework, this tests your reading and writing English ability. Tests are taken on the ISL Virtual learning Environment and upon completion you will be given feedback on your level of English.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Online
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Introductory – Specialism Courses

These courses have been written to help you to learn more about a specific subject that you are interested in. At introductory level, they will introduce you to the specialism and cover the basics that you need to know to start gaining experience in your chosen specialism.

many of the courses in this section can be taken as part of, or as an addition to the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting qualification.

Click on the course names to learn more about the courses.

 

Course Name Course Description Length Price Format
Immigration This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for the Immigration services in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Online as standalone
Social Services This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for Social Services in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Online as standalone
Housing This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for Housing in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs  £30.00 Online as standalone
DWP This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Online as standalone
Education This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for Education in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs £30.00 Online as standalone
NHS This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs  £30.00 Online as standalone
Mental Health This course is designed to teach you the basics of interpreting for Mental Health trusts in the UK. An accredited course, it can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the Level 3 Certificate in Community interpreting.Learn more 10hrs  £30.00 Online as standalone
An Introduction to Telephone Interpreting Explains the role of the telephone interpreter and describes some of the tasks faced in that area of work. Details how to conduct the phone call and shares useful online resources.Learn more 3hrs  £30.00 Online
An introduction to Public Service Interpreting This course introduces Public Services Interpreting. It explores the different types of appointments you will interpret for and shares valuable hints and tips to help you prosper as a public services interpreter in the UK.Learn more  3hrs  £30.00 Online
Interpreting for the Identity and Passport Service This course explains what the Identity and Passport Service is, examines questions you may encounter while you are working for them and gives information on sight translation which may be required.Learn more 3hrs  £30.00 Online
Interpreting for Torture Survivors This course is designed introduces one of the most challenging areas of being an interpreter, interpreting for torture survivors. It discusses some of the behaviours you might encounter and processes you can use to adapt your interpreting style.Learn more 3hrs  £30.00 Online
Interpreting for the DWP crisis loan department In this course we look at what a Crisis Loan is, explain what is discussed on a crisis loan call and the main challenges it presents meaning that you are better prepared to deal with this call type.Learn more 2hrs £30.00 Online
Interviews under caution What an Interview Under Caution is in relation to DWP benefit fraud and how to interpret during an interview under caution.Learn more 2hrs £30.00 Online

 

Introductory – Skills Courses

These courses are designed to help you to improve the professional skills that linguists need in order to deliver a service of the highest quality.

Click the course names to find out more.

 

Course Name Course Description Length Price Format
Emotional Intelligence This course introduces emotional intelligence, explaining what it is the science behind it. It includes hints and tips on how to become more emotionally intelligent.

Learn more

4hrs £30.00 Online
Challenging Situations and Difficult People How to respond to difficult people and situations during interpreting assignments and processes you can utilise when dealing with these difficult situations.

Learn more

1hr  £Free Online
Cultural Challenges in Interpreting This bite-sized course confronts some of the more common challenges of working with different cultures, which differences you may have to overcome and how to prepare.

Learn more

1hr £Free Online

 

Introductory – Accredited Courses

These courses represent an entry level qualification which you will be able to use to start working as a freelance interpreter either face to face or over the phone. Look into the course descriptions to learn about the differences between them and choose the best fit for you.

 

Course Name Course Description Length Price Format
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Level 3 Certificate In Community Interpreting

Ascentis Awarding Body

Widely accepted as the entry level interpreting qualification, you will learn about the role of a freelance interpreter and choose a minimum of two areas in which to specialise.Available across the UK, it uses a blended learning style including a combination of assessment methods chosen by you and tailored to your unique needs. Learn more Average 6 months £595 Blended
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Level 3 Certificate In Community Interpreting 

 A classroom version of our popular entry level interpreting qualification. Learn more

 

 3-4 months £595

Introductory – Core Knowledge

These courses cover essential knowledge which you need to be aware of when working as a professional linguist. You can view more information on any of the courses below by clicking on the course name.

Course Name

Course Description Length Price

Format

Safeguarding Vulnerable People Explains the safeguarding issues which are likely to impact linguists and what actions to take when necessary.Learn more 3hrs £30.00 Online
Health and Safety for Interpreters Provides health and safety advice which promotes a safe working environment and means professional linguists do not risk their health.Learn more 3hrs £30.00 Online
Wellbeing Examines dangers to the wellbeing of linguists, how to recognise these dangers and where to seek help and support.Learn more 2hrs  £Free to linguists Online
Equality and Diversity A look at the meaning and importance of equality and diversity in the workplace, specifically in relation to linguist rights and responsibilities.Learn more  3hrs  £30.00 Online
Data Protection and Confidentiality Describes common data protection and confidentiality issues, legislation and good practice to help linguists remain compliant.Learn more  3hrs  £30.00 Online

ISL Translator Certification

 

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What is it?

ISL is committed to helping linguists to prosper and it is because of this commitment that we have developed the ISL Translator Certification. By achieving the ISL Translator Certificate, you will be eligible to work as a translator with ISL’s Language Service Provider partners.

The ISL Translator Certificate is designed to be a true test of both language and specialism, guaranteeing that those who pass are of the highest quality in their field and perfect for taking on translation assignments for customers.

Who is it for? Linguists who want to gain a certification of translation ability in a language and specialism combination

What is the benefit? Find work as a translator

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How to be a Translator: Module 1

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CPD Hours: 2

Cost: £50.00

What is it? There are many people who are bilingual and and want to take steps into translation but just don’t know where to start.

If this sounds like you then this module from the ‘Become a Translator’ training course is the ideal place to take your first steps into translation.

It introduces you to translation theory and gives you guidance on how to start getting vital experience.

This is module 1 of a total 4

Who is it for? Linguists who want to learn how to be a translator

What is the benefit? start your journey to becoming a freelance translator

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Vocational Certificate in Public Service Interpreting

Overview

Who is it for?

This course is designed for new or recent entrants to the Public Service Interpreting industry. It is aimed at all freelance or practising interpreters or linguists with the specified competence in at least two languages (one of them English) who want to develop their professional skills and knowledge as Public Service Interpreters.

The Certificate will enable you to learn the basics of Public Service Interpreting. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the role and responsibilities of an interpreter.  Success in this course will enable you to progress to the Vocational Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

Description

When can I start?

Start dates for the course are: January, April, July, October

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 3 months.

Are there any requirements?

English language skills: you must have;
* English GCSE grade C or above or equivalent:
* Key skills level 2
* Level 2 (literacy and numeracy)
* BTEC first diploma (was previously GNVQ intermediate)
* NVQ level2 or
* IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or equivalent and you must have (OTHER language criteria)
* native speaker level of another language including the ability to read, write and speak the language with a full comprehension of it. This can be evidenced by
a qualification comparable to English GCSE grade C or equivalent and you must be able to demonstrate the following;

* experience of working as a consecutive/liaison interpreter for at least 25 hours as a volunteer, as a freelance or as an employee, which can be evidenced for example by a letter from an employer.

* an understanding of the procedures and background of some or all of the following activities: immigration, asylum, hospitals, police stations, courts of law, local authority services, education and employment.

* the personal skills and qualities required to study independently and work unsupervised and in situations that require sensitivity and confidentiality.

What will I learn?

The course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to be become an interpreter. It explains the code of conduct and legalities that you will need to work to as well as the different forms of interpreting.

Unit breakdown

Essential Professional Skills (20 credits)
Covers the essential professional skills for interpreters, the legal framework covering interpreting and strategies for continuing professional development.

Essential Interpreting Skills (20 credits)
Covers the act of interpreting, interpreting strategies, note-taking, short term memory, issues of register, tone, person, clarity and speed of delivery.

What support will I have?

  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from your Leeds Metropolitan University Tutor
  • Access to Leeds Metropolitan University library

How will you assess me?

You will be assessed by completing written assignments.

How do I apply?

You can get started with your application form by clicking the link below, or visiting the Leeds Met. Microsite: http://interpreting.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/course/vocational-certificate-in-interpreting/

 

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An Introduction to Translation Memory

An introduction to Translation memory

CPD Hours: 1

Cost: £free

What is it? An overview of the main features found in translation memory packages and looks at the advantages and disadvantages of translation memory

Who is it for? All translators

What is the benefit? Gain an understanding of how translation memory works and how to use it effectively

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Interpreting for Mental Health Encounters

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Who is it for? SLAM Mental Health Trust want all interpreters who work with them to have gone through this training course.

What is the benefit? Priority access to Mental Health Interpreting assignments. Background knowledge and preparation for working in Mental Health.

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Over the Phone Interpreting Refresher

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Who is it for? US ‘Over the Phone’ interpreters

What is the benefit? Essential preparation for all OPI interpreters

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Interviews under Caution

Interview_Under_Caution title resizedWhat is it? What an Interview Under Caution is in relation to DWP benefit fraud and how to interpret during an interview under caution

Who is it for? All Interpreters

What is the benefit? Know what is involved in DWP interpreting and prepare for the tasks

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Tools to Help Interpreters

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CPD Hours: 1

Cost: £free

What is it? This course shares helpful tools used by interpreters all over the world to manage their day, work out travel arrangements and more

Who is it for? All Interpreters

What is the benefit? Learn about and utilise tools to help you with your day to day tasks

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General Administration for Interpreters

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CPD Hours: 1

Cost: £Free

What is it? This course explains what is involved working as a freelancer and gives instructions on essentials such as registering as self-employed, paying tax and getting insured

Who is it for? All Interpreters

What is the benefit? Learn how to set yourself up as a self employed interpreter

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Time Management

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CPD Hours: 1

Cost: £free

What is it? This course explores some of the ways to manage your time and prioritise workload.

Who is it for? All linguists

What is the benefit? Organise your days better and be more productive

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Difficult Situations and Difficult People

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CPD Hours: 1

Cost: £free

What is it? How to respond to difficult people and situations during interpreting assignments. Processes you can utilised when dealing with these difficult situations.

Who is it for? All Interpreters

What is the benefit? Understand how to behave and respond to difficult situations at work.

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Cultural Challenges in Interpreting

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CPD Hours:1

Cost: £free

What is it? This course confronts some of the more common challenges of working with different cultures, which differences you may have to overcome and preparing individuals to face these challenges.

Who is it for? All Interpreters

What is the benefit? Work better with people from different cultures

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Confidentiality, Impartiality and Professionalism

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Overview

Who is it for?

The course ‘Confidentiality, Impartiality and Professionalism’, explains the role of confidentiality, impartiality and professionalism in the interpreters line of work. It provides guidelines to work within and the impacts of these on clients and customers.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course is priced at £30.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe what confidentiality means
  • Differentiate between confidentiality and impartiality
  • Apply confidentiality, impartiality and professionalism into the work environment

 

How will you assess me?

The Confidentiality, Impartiality and Professionalism course has a knowledge review at the end of the course to check what you have learned. You can revisit part, or all, of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

How do I get started?

Click on the ‘register/login’ link to begin. If this is your first visit, you can register and set up a new, free, account. If you have studied with us before, you can log in using your existing credentials.

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Unlocking your Emotional Intelligence in Interpreting

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Overview

Who is it for?

The course ‘Unlocking your Emotional Intelligence in Interpreting’, introduces emotional intelligence, explaining what it is the science behind it. Hints and tips on how to use emotional intelligence in life. Although this is relevant to anybody, it has been specifically tailored for linguists.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter
  • Any linguist role

 

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course is priced at £30.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

This is a course designed to introduce interpreters to Emotional intelligence and how to use it in day to day life.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

o    Explain what Emotional Intelligence is

o    Discuss how EI can be applied to your role

o    Describe the reasons why we do the things we do

o    Check your Emotional Intelligence

 

How will you assess me?

The ‘Unlocking your Emotional Intelligence in Interpreting’ course has a knowledge review at the end of the course to check what you have learned. You can revisit part, or all, of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

How do I get started?

Click on the ‘register/login’ link to begin. If this is your first visit, you can register and set up a new, free, account. If you have studied with us before, you can log in using your existing credentials.

 

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Interpreting for Mental Health Encounters

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Overview

Who is it for?

Developed in collaboration with South London and Maudsley, Barnet, Emfield and Harringate, and Camden and Islington NHS Trusts, the course ‘Interpreting for Mental Health Encounters’ is designed for linguists providing telephone or face to face interpreting for the NHS mental health Trusts. It provides a thorough overview of what you will need to be aware of to provide interpreting for these assignments.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter

Working with clients such as:

  • NHS Trusts

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course has been paid for by thebigword, so it is free to linguists.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Introduces mental health, explains the different types and their treatments, covers situations which you may interpret in and explains your role and responsibilities.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe what mental health is
  • List some common types of mental illness and their treatments
  • Explain some common myths attached to mental health
  • Explain the interpreter’s role in a mental health situation
  • Describe how mental health interpreting differs from other interpreting
  • Recognise the triangle of communication
  • Prepare for before, during and after the mental health interview
  • List vocabulary used in a mental health situation

How will you assess me?

The Interpreting for Mental Health Encounters course has a knowledge review at the end of the course to check what you have learned. You can revisit part or all of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

How do I get started?

Click on the ‘register/login’ link to begin and either register and set up a new account or login if you have an existing account with us.

 

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