GUEST POST – ‘My journey towards DPSI Level 6’ by Alina-Maria Vaduva

In December 2019 I decided that I should transform my hobby and passion for languages into something serious and get a qualification. This is how my journey started. Before telling you more, allow me to introduce myself – I am an economist with a PhD in Management and an entrepreneur. Languages, however, play an important…

LEGAL VIDEO INTERPRETING – ‘THE NEW NORMAL’

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, interpreters mainly worked using two channels – telephone and face to face. Most settings used these two methods on a regular basis. In the absence of a physical interpreter, custody sergeants would regularly charge detainees using a TI interpreter, doctors would dial in to obtain a qualified interpreter for their…

How to market yourself as a self-employed interpreter

Making a living as a self-employed or ‘gig’ worker is tough. Anyone who’s ever tried it for any length of time will confirm this. From the lack of stable income, unpredictable working conditions, no holiday pay or sick pay, the see-saw of busy periods versus hardly any work coming in, to the practical issues of…

Interpreting in the Mental Health setting – what’s it really like?

Interpreting for the NHS – what a broad term. For a linguist who has recently obtained their Level 3 qualification, it may not seem that way. Maybe they’ve got some telephone interpreting experience already, having helped GPs during routine appointments (Sore throat? High temperature? Here you are – a week’s course of Amoxicillin), or maybe…

TELEPHONE INTERPRETING – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

You’re sat in the garden on a wicker chair, reading a book. Maybe you’re in the living room, watching Homes under the Hammer. Or perhaps you’re in the kitchen, loading your slow cooker with onions and peppers, preparing the evening meal for the family. The phone rings, you introduce yourself with your ID code and…

Simultaneous interpreting – Friend or foe?

‘I’m terrified of the simultaneous interpreting part of the exam. I feel like I don’t know how to prepare’ or ‘What if the professional doesn’t give me a chance to catch up’ or even ‘What if I get lost and completely mess up? They’ll think I’m incompetent!’. These are all thoughts that have been expressed…

NATIONAL POLICE FRAMEWORK LANGUAGE SERVICES – Change is in the air – or is it?

Earlier this week, Mark Lewis, a highly experienced ex-police employee, ex-hostage negotiator, counter-terrorism specialist and former thebigword Police contract manager took the brave step to face the interpreting community via a webinar to discuss the new national police framework from his seat as National Police Contract Manager for Leicestershire Police. PERFECT FOR THE ROLE Seeing…

Video Remote Interpreting – efficient AND easy???

With a global increase in self-isolation, quarantining and social distancing, many linguists are worried about their job security as they are unable to attend their bookings. Due to demand still being high for interpreting services, language service providers will be shifting their service lines to offer more Video Remote Interpreting services in order to reduces…

Are you always thinking about income maximisation?

WHAT A WAY TO EARN A LIVING!! Using your language skills sure is a great way to earn a living and whether it’s interpreting, translating or any of the denominations of these disciplines, there’s a large market waiting for your services. When a person starts on their journey to providing their services professionally, they will…

The UK’s Regulator of Public Service Interpreting Recognises ISL’s DPSI Qualification for Interpreters

The International School of Linguists (ISL) Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) qualification, has been recognised by the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) as meeting the strict qualifications element of its registration criteria. Those who complete the qualification successfully will not only possess the level of accreditation needed to apply to become an…

Learning Zone: Do you Face Challenges When Taking Police Statements?

As our regular readers will know, here at the International School of Linguists (ISL) our aim is to help to raise the standards of professional linguists. In addition to our range of nationally recognised interpreter qualifications, we aim to build up a number of free educational videos, podcasts, round table discussions and webinars. The subjects of the sessions…

Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting Wins Silver

The International School of Linguists (ISL), the specialist training and testing provider for the language services sector, has won a major accolade for its work supporting interpreters. The Leeds-based company took the silver award for ‘Best Online Distance Learning Programme at the Learning Technologies awards, a prestigious international showcase for the learning and development sector.…