The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme is aimed at those who already have a good standard of Irish but who wish to learn translation skills or to enhance the skills they already have. It is also ideal for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who wish to improve their standard of writing in the language.
These are the learning outcomes that will be achieved by students who complete the course satisfactorily:
• They will have a comprehensive knowledge of Irish language grammar and will have high-level written skills in the language.
• They will be able to translate a range of English language texts to Irish and will have specialised knowledge regarding the translation of legal texts from English to Irish.
• They will be able to review texts that they write themselves and texts written by others.
• They will be familiar with a range of useful technological resources used in the Irish language and in the translation sector, and they will be able to use them effectively.
• They will have an understanding of translation theory.
• They will have an insight into translation as a career and will have an understanding of the practical aspects of the work.
• They will be able to use a range of research and enquiry techniques.
• They will be able to operate professionally in a range of roles in the translation and Irish language sectors.
Students have access to interactive courses on Gaelchultúr's e-learning website, ranganna.com, and they can use this material to prepare for the classroom sessions and the live online classes. It is also useful to them as they revise the course work.
Students are given written tasks to do on a regular basis and they are asked to submit these lessons by email to their tutor. Comprehensive feedback is provided by email.
There is a limited number of live online classes each semester; these classes are held at night. Students are given more information regarding the live online classes and all other aspects of the course in a handbook that is provided at the beginning of the first semester. This handbook also contains information about the projects students are required to submit.
Since the number of places available on the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme is limited, participants find it easier to ask their lecturers and tutors questions.
Pair work and group work are a central feature of all lectures and tutorials, therefore students have an opportunity to take a very active role in those sessions.