English <> Spanish Syllabus 2017-10-13T20:39:15+00:00

English to Spanish Translation

Translation Certification Training by Teleconference  Main Page

See Main Page for program overview and costs. The price list is at the bottom of the page, after the full program description.

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Mondays from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM, Pacific Time from January 23 to May 15, 2017.

Teleconference link will be sent to registered participants. The registration form is at the bottom of this page.

Translation will be practiced in both directions:

  • English to Spanish
  • Spanish to English

In most cases, the expectation is that translators will get certified in their primary language (L1), not in their secondary language (L2). The International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) did a study and found that many translators actually work into their non-native language (L2) for various reasons. Read the study results. In our training, we will focus on our L2 skills because it will help us in the following ways:

  • When we explain our translation choices to our source language client, who is native in our L2 language, we will be better equipped to do so.
  • Understanding how to translate into our L2 helps us understand the syntax of the L2 better and strengthens our L2 to L1 skills.

Interpreters often have to do some L1 to L2 translation in any event, by helping clients fill out forms and perform other tasks.

Syllabus for 2018 – dates tbd

The dates and syllabus on this page is tentative and reflects slight modifications regarding the training offered in 2017.

DATE TOPIC INFO TRAINER
Jan 8 Orientation to ATA exam and resources.
Translation and review process.
Lead the group through a translation. Helen Eby
Jan 22 How to research terminology. Translate text from English to Spanish. Helen Eby
Jan 29 How to use track changes as a reviewer. Review of Eugene Nida article. Translate text from Spanish to English. Helen Eby
Feb 5 Orientation to technical, scientific or medical texts (technical) Anne Louise
Feb 12 Dealing with calques. How to keep our language fresh when living in a country in which it isn’t spoken.  Translate technical text from English to Spanish. Helen Eby
Feb 19 Presidents Day Holiday
Feb 26  Take the message and jump… across the language barrier. Translate technical text from Spanish to English. Helen Eby
March 5 Orientation to terminology research  Heidi Cazes
March 12 Spanish copy editing resources. Translate text from English to Spanish. Helen Eby
March 19 English copy editing resources. Translate text from Spanish to English. Helen Eby
March 26 ATA Grader Spanish to English Holly Mikkelson
April 2 Passover Holiday
April 9 English vs. Spanish grammar. Translate texts English <> Spanish Helen Eby
April 16 ATA Grader English to Spanish Paul Coltrin
April 23 Best resources for terminology and grammar. Translate texts English <> Spanish Helen Eby
April 30 Making a list of our personal strengths and weaknesses. Translate texts English <> Spanish Helen Eby
May 7 Final questions. Translate texts English <> Spanish Helen Eby

Examination Manual for Professional Language Certification, State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services

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