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Minor in Jamaican Language Public Service Interpreting
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Minor In Jamaican Language Public Service Interpreting

This Minor in Public Service Interpreting in the Jamaican Language is a programme developed in consonance with the programme initiated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in the UK. This is a professional qualification which certifies persons to function as official interpreters within the British legal system, including the Law Courts. The UWI Minor is aimed at equipping students to function as trained professional interpreters within the Jamaican legal system where currently no such professionals exist. It has the secondary objective of preparing students to sit and pass the annual examinations set by the Chartered Institute of Linguists for certification to function similarly within the U.K.

The Minor would be open to any undergraduate student within The University of the West Indies who has at least 6(six) Level I credits in Linguistics.


Students in this Minor are required to complete 15 credits at Levels II and III. The courses are: -

Semester 1

  • LING2810 – Introduction to the Structure and Usage of Jamaican Creole

Semester 2

  • LING2811 – Legal Terminology in Jamaican Creole
  • LING2920 – Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Translation
  • LING3909 – The Profession of Interpreting
  • LING3912 – Interpreting in Legal Settings


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