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Koby, Geoffrey S. and Brian James Baer. 2005. From professional certification to the translator training classroom: adapting the ATA error marking scale. In Darwish, Ali, ed. Translation: issues of quality and professional recognition. Special issue of Translation Watch Quarterly 1 (1)
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Evaluation of translation quality is a central issue in translation pedagogy. The use of the error marking scale developed by the American Translators Association for the grading of certification exams is discussed as a way to introduce professional standards of error marking into the translator training classroom. The problems of adapting a product-oriented and testing-oriented scale for process-oriented classroom evaluation are explored, as well as the technical details of mathematically adapting the scale to an A-F grading system. An Excel spreadsheet is used to calculate grades and adjust for length of text.
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