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Introduction to translation course (Spanish into English)

A 4-month online course that will introduce you to the skills and techniques which you need to translate well

Spanish into English

IH Barcelona translator training:

  • An IOL Diploma in Translation examination centre since 1991
  • The only examining centre in Catalonia and one of only three in Spain
  • A proven track record in training people to be translators, with over 1500 translation trainees since 1992
  • An international reputation for excellence

About the course

Our Introduction to Translation course is designed for people who have little or no experience in translating and who are interested in becoming translators.

No previous experience of translation is necessary. Most people taking the course have a background in teaching and all require a high level of competence in both English and Spanish.

The course will:

  • Provide you with practical approaches to translation
  • Give you experience in translating a wide range of translation styles (business, literature, law, science, etc.)
  • Introduce you to translation skills and techniques which you will immediately be able to put into practice
  • Help you to use translation tools – such as dictionaries or online tools – effectively
  • Provide practical suggestions for common translation problems
  • Give you insight and knowledge about some of the specific problems of translating from Spanish into English

By the end of the course you should feel more confident at translating and ready to start with some translation work.

People find this course challenging but not too challenging and useful as a good way to decide whether they wish to pursue translation as a career

Course tutor Joe Graham



Joe revised and updated this course and is himself a prize-winning translator

View Joe's full biodata on our tutors' page

Syllabus overview

The eight modules are as follows:

  • Module 1 – Arts and Culture
  • Module 2 – The Internet
  • Module 3 – Business 1: The Stock Market
  • Module 4 – Business 2: Company Finance
  • Module 5 – Science
  • Module 6 – Law 1: Civil vs Criminal
  • Module 7 – Law 2: Legal texts
  • Module 8 – Literature

At the end of the course, if you have completed the assignments to a satisfactory level, you will be awarded the IH Barcelona Introduction to Translation certificate.

Module content

Each module includes:

  • An introduction
  • A task (a text to translate)
  • A post-task analysis (a model version, comments/analysis and research)
  • An assignment (a text to translate)
  • A model version (to be sent with the corrected assignment)

Course dates

  • February 1st – May 31st, 2019
  • June 3rd – September 30th, 2019
  • October 1st 2019 – January 31st 2020


Download application form

Please note Both the application form and your translated test piece must be submitted before you can be accepted for the course.


  • €470

To secure your place you need to pay the full fee on acceptance onto the course.


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