Chinese/English Translation Workshop

Are you a freelance translator in North America or Asia? Would you like to be?

SFU's Chinese/English Translation Workshop has been preparing translators for successful careers for more than 30 years.

Our instructor, who has extensive experience in both the classroom and the industry, will guide you through the world of professional translation step by step:

  • Get a comprehensive overview of the industry
  • Learn essential translation skills, editing techniques, and editing tools
  • Learn to transfer meaning between Chinese and English precisely and concisely in official documents, localization and marketing projects, and business-related materials
  • Practice translating through weekly in-class and take-home assignments

You will complete the workshop part-time in just 12 weeks. SFU offers the 12-week Chinese/English Translation Workshop twice a year, in April and September. Classes meet on a weekday from 6:30–9 p.m. once a week. See sample workshop schedule.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Date/time Instructor(s)
Cost Application
SFU Vancouver 12

Spring Session: Thu, Apr 12–Jun 28, 2018
6:30–9 p.m.

Fall Session: Thu, Sept 13–Nov 29, 2018
6:30–9 p.m.

Cindy Cheng $795 plus application fee

Spring Session: March 26, 2018

Fall Session: August 27, 2018


Who is this translation workshop for?

The Chinese/English Translation Workshop is ideal for bilingual Mandarin Chinese and English-speakers who want to pursue careers as freelance translators in North America. It may also benefit working professionals who translate in business or social settings.

If you are interested in taking our Chinese/English Interpretation and Translation Diploma, this workshop may be a helpful first step.

What will I learn?

You'll study a variety of topics:

  • Introduction to translation practice
  • Contrastive analysis of English and Chinese syntax
  • Editing techniques
  • Equipment and software that translators use
  • The translation market in North America
  • How to build a client base
  • Pricing and time management for freelance translators
  • Professional certification in BC and Canada

How will I learn?

Your class will meet once a week in the evenings and focus on hands-on translation between Chinese and English.

To give you a taste of the industry, your assignments will consist of real translation projects and cover the most popular fields in the market:

  • Journalism
  • IT and localization
  • Health care and medicine
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Science
  • Technology
  • The environment

Most classes will be conducted in English. When dealing with specific translation of terms or phrases from English to Chinese or vice versa, classes will be conducted in both Chinese and English. 

You will work in small groups on in-class assignments and receive immediate feedback from the instructor. You will also complete take-home assignments that include basic translation practice and a final project.

How will I be evaluated?

Your assignments will be evaluated and discussed in class. To obtain  recognition from SFU at the end of workshop, you must successfully complete all coursework and meet the attendance requirement. (You may miss no more than 25 per cent of classroom instruction time.)


The Chinese/English Translation Workshop takes place at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus.

Simon Fraser University - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC
V6B 5K3  Canada

Tel: +1-778-782-8000

Fax: +1-778-782-7756


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Tuition for this translation workshop is CAD $795 plus application fee.

To confirm your place, you must pay your tuition in full by the due date.

Please remember that your tuition is non-refundable.

Application fee

You must submit a non-refundable $75 fee with your online application.


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