Class Overview

Instructor Yuka Matsudaira- Continuing Education at Seattle Central CollegeLearn how to work with the tools of the trade for translators and interpreters -- the technology. Gain an introduction to the basic concepts and components of the basic technology tools and learn how to work with them.

In this class, you will use one of the most common computer assisted translation (CAT) tools, experiencing how to process translation professionally and more efficiently. You will also have the opportunity to explore technology tools used for interpreting services.

Discover the effects and impacts that technologies like machine-translation software (not to be confused with computer-aided translation tools) have on translators and interpreters in the today’s industry.

By familiarizing yourself with translation and interpretation specific technologies, you can prepare for further study in translation and interpretation, as well as future work.

Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and the ability to comprehend English and another spoken language at an educated, near-native level. Successful completion of Translation and Interpretation: Basic is strongly recommended. No previous translation and/or interpretation experience required. This class requires a minimum age of 18. No textbook is required.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have basic knowledge between machine translation (MT) and CAT (computer-aided translation), and understand the differences
  • Know how to deal with different type of document formats
  • Be familiar with different types of technologies for interpreters
  • Know how to use one of the most common basic CAT tools
  • Understand the process of translation and interpreting services with technologies
  • Know how to utilize translation memory
  • Analyze and explore the effect by MT (machine translation) in today’s industry

Who Should Take This Class?

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and the ability to comprehend English and another spoken language at an educated near-native level. No previous translation and/or interpretation experience required. This class requires a minimum age of 18. No textbook is required.

  • People who are bilingual or multilingual who are interested in becoming a professional translator or interpreter
  • Anyone who knows a second language at a very advanced level (nearly native to educated native level)
  • People who work with professional translators and interpreters yet have never used the specific technology, and would like to become more familiar
  • Students who have successfully completed our Translation and Interpretation: Basics class

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