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Languages, Translation and Interpretation

UBC Extended Learning offers non-credit courses in seven languages and translation and interpretation courses in Chinese. Online courses in Chinese, French, and Spanish are also available. Small class sizes and expert instructors, who are native speakers of the language, provide unique educational experiences to help students "learn the language, live the culture."

Our translation and interpretation courses and programs train students to work as professional translators or interpreters in Chinese or Spanish. Experienced instructors teach both the theory and practice of modern translation techniques, and help develop skills in cross-cultural communication.

Languages currently offered are:

Chinese French German Italian
Japanese Sign Language Spanish

UBC Extended Learning’s instructional approach is based on the immersion philosophy, which involves learning to converse and communicate in a natural setting. Students practice and use the language as it occurs in real life. Authentic materials, audio and visual clips, as well as activities such as role-playing, teamwork, game playing, presentations, songs, and dances aid the learning process. Online materials to enhance students' learning outside the classroom are also provided.

Courses are offered at the UBC Point Grey campus and in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square. There are evening, weekend, daytime, and online courses, as well as summer intensive programs.

The following certificate and award of achievement programs are offered:

For more information, call 604-822-1444 or visit UBC Extended Learning.

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