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CIOL Diploma in Translation (DipTrans)

preparatory course

Diploma in Translation online course

Foundations of Translation Course Overview

Foundations of Translation (FOT) is an online course designed to prepare candidates for the CIOL DipTrans. It is aimed at:

• language graduates that want to become translators

• language teachers that wish to switch to the translation profession or combine both professions for an extra income stream.

The course is delivered at Master level, and students are expected to have a high command of their foreign language, between C1-C2 level (CEFR), as well an excellent command of their native language.

The suggested timeframe to cover the contents of this course is between 6 to 10 months. This will allow for ample time for consultations and exam revision to guarantee a successful exam result.

Based on the first version of Foundations of Translation (2020), the course consists of 5 core modules, detailed in the table below. Students should expect a significant update for the 2022 version of the course.

Module 1: Translation Theory* What translation is
* Why translation theory is about
* Language functions, text-categories, and text-types
* Speech act theory
* Implicatures and presuppositions
Module 2: Translation Methods and Techniques* Translation methods: word-for-word, literal, faithful, adaptation, etc.
* Translation techniques: borrowing, calque, naturalisation, etc.
Module 3: Translation Problems and Strategic Solutions* Levels of translation
* Translation of lexis (proper nouns, organisations, geographical nouns, acronyms, eponyms, abbreviations)
* Translation of weight, measures, quantities.
* Syntactically weak sentences
* Ambiguity
Module 4: The DipTrans* Exam overview
* Marking criteria
Module 5: Translation Practice & Terminology* Building a terminological database
* Translation of a General Text (U1): analysis of text, translation practice, translator’s notes and annotations
* Technical Translation (U2)
* Business Translation (U2)
* Literary Translation (U2)
* Scientific Translation (U3)
* Translation in the Social Sciences (U3)
* Legal Translation (U3)

How is the course assessed?

series of activities per topic module
monitored translation practice at the end of Module 3 with face-to-face feedback
past papers assessed in line with the DipTrans Assessment Criteria

What is included in the course?

a virtual face-to-face interview before enrolling on the course
regular contact time with the tutor (virtual face-to-face)
downloadable written handout covering the main theoretical aspects of the course
pre-recorded video lessons
Certificate of course completion from My Language Hub – CIOL Course Provider
lifetime access to the entire online course PLUS all the updates!!!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About the trainer

Carina Balbo, Chartered Linguist, Author, English-Spanish  Translator, Spanish specialist, IELTS tutor and examiner, GCSE Spanish,

Chartered Linguist Carina Balbo is a professional translator and a foreign language trainer with 25 years’ experience in industry. She is also a professional Assessment specialist working for the major national and international Exam Boards.

An author, speaker, mentor and coach, Carina is also a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), two of the leading translation organisations in the UK.

FOUNDATIONS OF TRANSLATION is now OPEN for registration!

FOUNDATIONS OF TRANSLATION is the leading course for those language geeks who wish to become professional translators and sit the Diploma in Translation.

Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for our launch of FOT in 2022. By registering, there is NO obligation to purchase the course, and you are not being charged for it! However, this allows us to know a little more about you and your requirements. Thank you!

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What our students say

I had no experience of translation before starting the course and was very worried and nervous about my prospects of passing the DipTrans exam. However, because of all the support, positive feedback and encouragement I have received from Carina, I now feel more confident about it. Carina is very meticulous, methodical and organised and has worked extremely hard to provide us with clear, concise and informative materials. We have also had a lot of really good guidance on further reading, building comprehensive glossaries and even buying the best dictionaries for the exam. The way the course is designed and delivered is excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending Carina as one of the best-placed people to deliver a course like this.

Rana Sh.

This is an interesting and enjoyable course, not only targeted at preparing for the Diploma in Translation, but also useful to learn more about what translation is all about, even if you are not taking the exam.  Carina is a knowledgeable and demanding teacher who helps you reach your potential.  Her personalised and accessible approach is excellent.

Jane L.

Professionalism and experience reflected in a solid academic Translation Course. Thank you very much!!

Diana M.

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