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High-Level Translation French-English – Translation Practice

Level 5, 30 Credits.

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This on-line course is the first of two courses designed primarily for students who require an intensive, highly practical run-up to the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) examinations which take place annually in January. It is followed by a further course running from September to January to provide intensive practice right up to the examination date. The objective is to develop your skills and speed in applying specific translation techniques and to provide regular practice on representative source texts, so that you are trained to translate to a professional standard under examination conditions.


Who is this course for?

The course is designed primarily for students who require an intensive, highly practical run-up to the examinations set by the Institute of Linguists for the Diploma in Translation.

Learning and Teaching

All the source texts used in this first module are taken from areas that mirror the general and specialised fields tested in the Diploma in Translation examinations. In addition to translation pieces for assessment, you will be provided with a series of self-check exercises to underpin the development of translation technique. To provide a basis for discussion and feedback, you will also be encouraged to provide annotations for your translations, highlighting the translation difficulties identified and solutions applied.

Coursework and Assessment

Completed translations are sent every fortnight to the Cardiff University virtual learning platform Learning Central (Blackboard), where they are read and marked in detail, according to the “Diploma in Translation Marking Guidelines”.  Comments and suggestions will aim to help you bring your work into line with the demands of the rigorous IoL standard.

For us, the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects. This course bears 30 credits; this is not sufficient to gain a qualification from Cardiff University.

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Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

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