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Professional and continuing education centre

Translation studies | French > English
French  English

Duration: 400 Type: distance-learning Training language: English Diploma: 5-year degree-level certification Trainer: Daniel Toudic Audience: All audience, Translator

This translation training course is designed to train professional translators, and is entirely delivered in e-learning mode (distance-learning).

The course is aimed at mature students with a perfect knowledge of both English and French, thinking of a career change or wanting to consolidate their translation skills.

You will be guided throughout the course, from unit to unit, following the translation process and acquiring all the skills you need to provide a professional translation service.

Training content

An introduction

  • French-English translation today: an overview
  • French and English: one world, two languages, different perspectives

The translation process: from theory to practice

  • What it means to translate
  • The translation process

Basic tools and methods

  • Analysing source documents
  • Estimating time and resources
  • Anomalies, questions and choices

Finding and using translation resources

  • Finding and using reference documentation
  • Identifying terminology
  • Choosing the right sources
  • Choosing the right terms
  • Terminological tools

Putting translation into practice

  • “General” translation techniques
  • Different translation types and strategies
  • Technical translation
  • Scientific translation
  • Economic and commercial translation
  • General legal translation

Delivering quality translations

  • Checking and proof-reading
  • Revising
  • Post-editing (an introduction)

Professional practice

  • Meeting the client’s requirements
  • Using translation tools
  • Case studies

Looking ahead

Moving towards specialisation


Setting up as a freelance translator (optional)

  • Administrative procedures
  • Rates
  • Communication
  • Prospecting for clients
  • Computer-assisted translation tools (CAT tools)
  • CV
  • Admission test (upon request)
  • Presentation of your career goals
  • Personal corrections
  • Regular reports
  • ​Permanent access to trainer

Daniel Toudic

Daniel TOUDIC is a former senior lecturer in Applied Translation Studies at Rennes 2 University, France, where he taught general and specialised translation, terminology and professional translation practice. He was head of the Rennes 2 Translator Training Centre (CFTTR...

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