City University or University of Wesminster course?
Thread poster: Chloe Robinson

Chloe Robinson
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:57
English to French
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Nov 5, 2009

Hi there,

I want to start a course to prepare the exam for the IoLET Diploma of Translation (http://www.iol.org.uk/qualifications/exams_diptrans.asp) in London, in January (English to French).

I saw that both City University and the University of Wesminster offer such formation (the first one is a distance course). As far as I know, they're both very recognised and valued school and I cannot make a decision between the two...

Can anyone recommend one or the other? Would it be worth doing both at the same time?

In advance, thank you so much for your help / advices / recommendations. It is much appreciated.

Have a good day,

Chloé



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Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 16:57
Member (2009)
English to French
City University experience Nov 5, 2009

Hi Bambolina,

I did the three modules of City University last year before passing the DipTrans last January (English into French). I was quite happy with it, but it really depends on your tutor.
Basically, you do 8 translations per module, then get some feedback with your tutor and get one or two tutorials with him / her. It was quite useful to me, especially to gain more confidence, but I know some people were disappointed by their tutor. Also, they don't offer any course in "theory of tranlsation", they only give you a bibliography, then you have to do your own reading & research. So it really depends on what you expect. However, I'm not sure I would have passed without this preparation...
I hope this help. Good luck !


Anne.


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Richardson Lisa  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:57
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French to English
city Nov 5, 2009

Hi
I'm coming to the end of my preparation course for the IOL exam with City University. I live in France so or me the key point was to find a long distance course. Remember it is only a preparation - which means you do the translations, send them in ,and they get marked. To be honest, the first two terms, I couldn't really see how this was going to help me improve, but I have to say that half way through the last term and my translations(done in exam conditions) are looking good. Only a couple of points on each one and these are all terminology (no grammar, encoding/decoding etc. So, I'm really pleased, just hope I can do as well in the exam.
I can't speak for the Westminster course - I think they're all relatively expensive given there is no taught content, but then given the exam fee the whole venture is rather an expensive one!
hope this helps
Lisa


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Chloe Robinson
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Thank you for your replies Nov 6, 2009

Anne & Lisa,

Thank you very much for your precious replies!

I have to say that I haven’t quite decided yet. According to you both City University sounds pretty good, but I still like the idea of a face-to-face course, but this is only up to me…

Has anyone tried the University of Westminster?

Anne – Well done on the exam!
Lisa – Good luck for January!

Thank you,
Chloé


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