On-Demand Course



Translating for Different Dissemination Media – Introduction to Community Translation



Community translations are not always disseminated as texts (in print or online). To take the example of the recent COVID-19 awareness campaigns in different countries, multilingual information was made available in audio and video formats as well. Audiovisual resources were also developed using different communication options (e.g., video with community language speakers vs. subtitling). This module will focus on the sociolinguistic and pragmatic aspects of written, spoken and audiovisual communication across different communities, and will provide practical advice to future translators in relation to translation and language use options for each dissemination method. Sociolinguistic variation in multilingual societies poses serious challenges for both translation commissioners and translators (Burke, 2018). For both it is essential to conceive of community translation as part of an effective communication strategy. Apart from acting as expert advisers, community translators need to distinguish between one dissemination medium and another and use the language variety and translation options that most serve the communication strategy. With examples, especially relating to audiovisual and subtitled public messaging, this module will illustrate how community translators will be guided by the communicative context and translation brief to determine the most effective translation strategy.

Who would this be useful for?

This course welcomes translators at all levels, from those without formal training to experienced professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge in community translation practices and strategies.

Course outcomes


Learn to effectively use translation resources and tools, including digital aids and research methods.

This course includes:

Video-Narrated PowerPoint Presentations

Additional Readings

Online Quiz

Practice Translation Text

A list of references for further reading

Certificate Earned

 A professional development certificate will be issued upon completion of the course. Learners will be eligible to receive 10 points towards recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue). Some courses may attract PD points from multiple categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification.


Course Completion Guidelines

Students are required to read and complete all the course content, including watching all videos, and successfully completing all assessments. In order to attain your certificate, you need to score 100% on each assessment. Students will have unlimited attempts to complete the course over the length of their access.


Presented By

Associate Professor Mustapha Taibi
Associate Professor
Conversations Education

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