The Consortium for Training Translation Teachers
The Consortium for Training Translation Teachers has been developed in order to respond to the needs of teachers, practitioners, researchers, administrators and others actively involved in designing and implementing curricula, syllabi or courses in translation.
Translation is taken here in a broad sense, leading to professions such as translator, localizer, language manager, editor, reviser, copywriter, language consultant, adapter, technical writer, screen translator and language mediator.
The Consortium for Training Translation Teachers is open to any organisation or person involved with initial or continuing (in-service) teacher training. In the course of 2001 it is anticipated that the founding members (see the conclusions of the seminar held in Rennes, 20-21 September 2000) will be joined by others wishing to build up a network to seek the best possible solutions to the problems and needs arising from the training of translation teachers.
REASONS FOR THE CONSORTIUM
Although national educational systems remain largely independent, there is a clear advantage in combining key resources transnationally in order to identify and act upon developmental issues in teacher training.
In recent years various conferences and associations have dealt with these problems. A range of visions have been articulated, and to some extent documented, concerning the feasibility of such training.
The Consortium is willing to act as a forum for further dialogue and networking. It will also go one step further by converting strategy into constructive action.
The Consortium will act as a body to promote such action at the highest possible level of quality.
The aims of the Consortium are:
1. To identify current good practice (supply) and present and future needs (demand);
2. To help incorporate good practice into trainer development programmes;
3. To link research outcomes to practice;
4. To establish potential scenarios and means for realisation;
5. To mobilise expertise and to set up the corresponding networks;
6. To facilitate transnational professional mobility;
7. To promote the exchange of ideas, information, data and tools.
RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
The Consortium will act in a range of areas in order to pursue the following aims:
1. Definition of training units, including different modules;
2. Networking links, homepages and discussion list;
3. List of training resources;
4. Transnational teacher development programmes; teacher mobility;
5. Workshops, symposia, summer schools and internships;
6. Videos; Open and Distance Learning (ODL);
7. Research and consultation services.