Translation And Interpretation: Technology

Yuka Matsudaira

Class Overview

Gain an introduction to the basic technology tools used in translation and interpretation and learn how to work with them. 

In this class, you will be able to use one of the most common computer assisted translation (CAT) tools, and experience how to process translation professionally and efficiently. You will also have the opportunity to explore technology tools used for interpreting services. 

Discover the effects and impacts that technologies like machine-translation software (not to be confused with computer-aided translation tools) have on translators and interpreters in the today’s industry. By familiarizing yourself with translation and interpretation specific technologies, you will be prepared for futher studies in translation and interpretation, as well as future work.

No textbook is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have basic knowledge between machine translation (MT) and CAT, and understand the differences
  • Know how to deal with different type of document formats
  • Be familiar with different types of technologies for interpreters
  • Know how to use one of the most common basic CAT tools
  • Understand the process of translation and interpreting services with technologies
  • Know how to utilize translation memory
  • Analyze and explore the effect by MT  in today’s industry

Who Should Take This Class?

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and the ability to comprehend English and another spoken language at an educated near-native level. Successful completion of Translation and Interpretation: Basic is strongly recommended. 

  • People who are bilingual or multilingual who are interested in becoming a professional translator or interpreter
  • Anyone who knows a second language at a very advanced level (nearly native to educated native level)
  • People who work with professional translators and interpreters yet have never used the specific technology, and would like to become more familiar
  • Students who have successfully completed our Translation and Interpretation: Basics class
  • No previous translation and/or interpretation experience is required


Class Details

This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins. Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.


Winter 2022

  • 5 Wednesdays ; Feb 09 to Mar 09 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SCONL; Room Online
  • Fee : $399
  • Class ID : 38812 ; SKU : 32210