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Translation and Interpretation: Basics   

Class Overview

This is the essential course for anyone interested in becoming a professional translator or interpreter, and for people who work with them. In this beginning class, you will learn the basics of the translation of interpretation field.

Explore topics such as the roles of translators and interpreters, the process of translation and interpretation, different types of translation and interpretation services, important terms and concepts, and more. Explore the differences between machine translation, machine assisted translation, and computer aided translation tools. Become familiar with the field and prepare yourself for further study in translation and interpretation. 

This class is a great place to start to explore or begin an exciting career! It is part of our Tranlsation and Interpretation Certificate Program.

This class can also be a great way to learn about the field from a related role, if you work with translators and interpreters. 

Learning Objectives

  • Define the difference between translation and interpretation
  • Describe general knowledge, skills and abilities of translators and interpreters
  • Know different types of translation and interpreting services
  • Understand the important roles of professional translators and interpreters
  • Be familiar with local and national professional membership organizations
  • Understand the process of translation and interpretation
  • Know the concepts of consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, and sight translation
  • Analyze tone and register, and linguistic difficulties in written texts and spoken languages

Who Might Enjoy This Class?

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and the ability to comprehend English and another spoken language at an educated near-native level. 

  • People who are bilingual or multilingual who would like to pursue a career as a professional translator or interpreter
  • Anyone who understands another language at a very advanced level (near native to educated native level)
  • People who work with professional translators and interpreters
  • No previous translation and/or interpretation experience required


For fall 2022, scholarships are available for translation and interpretation classes through our partner Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS).


Translation and Interpretation: Basics  Class in session. At this time, online registration is closed. Please check back next quarter. 
Item: Winter36861 Maria Luisa Gracia Camon

This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins. Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.

 1/12/2023 - 2/16/2023 Fee: $269.00

Number of Sessions: 5
Format: Online
Schedule: Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
No class on 2/9

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