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Basic Research Skills for Interpreting Studies

Finding reasons why research is important seems like a no brainer.

In order to research content for preparing for an interpreting assignment as well as doing research for academic purposes, participants will be exposed to basic research principles, academic writing and the risks associated with plagiarism. This course is designed to assist students with their academic writing abilities and specifically addresses topics relating to interpreting.

Course Fee

The course costs R5 000


The course is part-time and runs for 14 weeks (40 hours)


This is not a certification course. This course is presented as a workshop to provide ancilliary skills for students studying the Diploma in Legal Interpreting.

Programme Overview

Basic research skills for language practitioners is offered as an additional skills workshop for students studying towards the Diploma in Legal interpreting. This course runs concurrent with the Diploma courses. This course is designed to equip learners with the skills needed to produce quality research at undergraduate level. This course provides learners with the knowledge of how to prepare and complete an academic essay. Learners gain knowledge as to how to search for sources and determine the usefulness of the sources in question.

This course starts on 26 February 2019.

This course is presented in a blended learning format. This means that the course has an online component as well as face-to-face sessions on the following dates:
26 February 2019
28 March 2019
11 & 18 April 2019
30 May 2019
13 & 27 June 2019
1, 15 & 29 August 2019
3 October 2019


This course is not credit bearing towards any qualification, but is highly advised for students wishing to further their studies after the Diploma in Legal Interpreting.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (approved by SAQA).
  • Fluent English.
  • Basic computer literacy.
Career Opportunities

This course provides learners with the knowledge required to conduct research pertaining to legal interpreting.  Learners will learn how to identify relevant and current sources of information.  Learners will also learn how to avoid plagiarism.  These skills are necessary for successfully completeing the Diploma in Legal Interpreting, as well as further studies in interpreting.