Introduction to Translation Skills

LocationRegent Street, Central London

This course aims to help bilingual speakers become familiar with translation techniques and develop practical translation skills to the same standard as that expected of a university graduate.

We have the following languages available: English into French, English into Polish, English into Portuguese and English into Spanish.

The course provides you with a sound preparation for the Diploma in Translation (IoLET) course admission test, which will be held in the last week of the course.

Courses no longer available
Part Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
English into French 25 September 2017 1 term Mondays 6–8pm £375 No longer available
English into Spanish 25 September 2017 1 term Mondays 6–8pm £375 No longer available
English into Portuguese 27 September 2017 1 term Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £375 No longer available
English into Polish 28 September 2017 1 term Thursdays 6–8pm £375 No longer available

Course content

Under the guidance of an experienced lecturer and translator who is a native-speaker of your target language, you will gain hands-on experience translating a variety of authentic texts. Through lexical research, glossary building and an introduction to key theoretical concepts in translation, you will gain a better understanding of what graduate-level translation involves. You will build upon your bilingual skills in order to start translating at semi-professional-level articles from the press, official documents and literature fragments. 

The course takes place once a week in the evening for two hours over 11 weeks. 
You are also expected to undertake independent study between classes to fully benefit from the course.

Please note this course is not available as an online study or distance learning programme. The contact time is once a week (2 hours) in the evening at 309 Regent Street, London W1T 3UW.

All workshops are subject to sufficient enrolment. To run, each workshop needs to recruit a minimum number of students. In the event of a workshop cancellation due to insufficient numbers of students registering, you will be informed in advance and you will receive a full refund of the fees paid for the course.


To qualify for this course you should:

  • be a native speaker of the translation target language
  • have degree-level proficiency in writing in the target language
  • have graduate-level English reading skills