Working with Translation - taster course begins in 2019

12 December 2018

A free online course which stresses the importance of translation will be launching its fifth session at the start of 2019.

Working with Translation, which is offered by the School of Modern Languages in conjunction with Future Learn, was first launched in 2016 and has since run four successful iterations to over 33,000 people.

From health to the justice system, from the voluntary sector to sport and the arts, we all increasingly live and work in contexts where people speak more than one language.

Established as a profession from the third millennium BCE, translation is one of the most fundamental of human activities, allowing us to interact with one another within and across cultures. We all encounter translation in our daily life, whether we speak many languages or just one.

Learners from across the world have signed up for the online course since it started, with people from the UK, Brazil, Russia, Egypt and the USA forming the greatest cohort. Learners of all ages have enrolled but the course has proved particularly popular with those aged between 26 – 35.

Chilé Fernandez

One such learner is Chilé C.I. Fernandez, a 29 year-old from The Bahamas. Chilé, who is now a student at the School of Modern Languages, was sent a link to the online course before she started her undergraduate degree. Chilé is a native English and Bahamian Creole speaker.

Talking about her experience of Working with Translation Chilé said: “I thought it showed excellent promise that the School sent me this course as a taster. I have enjoyed discovering the history behind translation, terminologies used within the field, its partnership with interpretation and the many skills formed in becoming a translator/interpreter.”

“I would definitely recommend Working with Translation to others.  You will learn about the intricate work of Translation/Interpretation, but you will also gain general expertise of the field and hopefully, like me, gain much enthusiasm about the profession.”

The next session of Working with Translation begins on 14 January 2019. Further information can be found on the Future Learn website.