Studying for the DipTrans with Susan James

by Joanna
(Austria)

I studied for the Diploma in Translation using the distance learning service offered by Susan James. It worked for me.


The course consisted of past DipTrans exam papers which I did at home whilst trying to adhere to exam conditions (time constraints, offline dictionaries). My translations were then submitted to a university lecturer based in the UK who then the papers and returned them to me with comments. I was also given a reading list of classic German translation textbooks.

Some of the tutors are actually past DipTrans examiners, I believe, and very familiar with what the examiners are looking for. Having an external view of my capabilities was extremely enlightening, and identified my weak spots. The course also involved a telephone chat which was a good opportunity to ask further questions.

The course was sufficient for me - someone already working in translation, with very solid German but not having taken exams for a while - and offered great value for money.

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