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Tapping into translation

6 October 2016


Demand for translation skills in our increasingly multilingual and connected world has led to the University creating a new free online course.

Working with Translation: Theory and Practice draws on research and contributions from our experts to help you become a better communicator.

Professor in Translation Studies, Loredana Polezzi, of the School of Modern Languages, is one of the educators on the course. She said: “We do not often stop to think about how translation works or about what it means to be an interpreter, to be a translator, or perhaps to work with professional or improvised translators.

“If you look closely enough, you will see that translation is everywhere, and possibly, there's a translator hidden away in each and every one of you.

“Whether you regularly work with translators and interpreters in your job, find yourself occasionally acting as a translator or mediator, are considering translation as a possible route of professional development, or simply ponder about the ever-present interplay of languages and cultures around you, you will benefit from this course.”

Registration has opened for the four-week course, which is due to start on 24 October, and people can sign up at any time.

There are no special requirements but an interest in language and translation would be beneficial.

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In the week that the course starts, universities across the UK are being encouraged to celebrate their international credentials as part of the #WeAreInternational campaign.

Cardiff University will be highlighting the success of some of its international activities as part of the campaign, which is backed by more than 100 universities.

#WeAreInternational was launched in 2013 to help ensure universities remain diverse and inclusive communities that are open to students and staff from across the world.

The translation course is hosted by FutureLearn, owned by The Open University, and the University has run others previously on community journalism, health evidence and Muslims in Britain.

Making sense of health evidence: The informed consumer is currently running again, having started on 26 September. It is running for four weeks and anyone wishing to take part in the course can join at any time.

The courses encourage social interaction so people learn actively by engaging in conversations around the learning material.

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