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What Makes English… English?

Instructor: Joachim Lépine
 

**Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer this seminar online. In order to adapt it to this new format, the seminar will be divided into two sessions: the first on Friday, May 15, and the second on Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon. We thank you for your understanding.**

All Anglophone language professionals in Quebec, from translators and interpreters to writers and editors, face a special challenge—not only do they live in a predominantly French-speaking province, but the texts they work with are frequently written by non-native speakers. Beyond grammatical mistakes, this situation requires a keen eye for those subtle French influences that can be easy to miss. The pitfalls are many, from word choice to syntax, clarity and style.

This being the case, wouldn’t it be helpful to know what makes English… English? What exactly are the hallmarks of our language, and how do they line up with Francophone ways of thinking and writing?

Drawing on seminal texts and extensive experience in the field, this webinar features a roundup of English hallmarks and their French counterparts. Participants will be acquainted with fundamental and not-so-obvious differences through compelling (and often entertaining) examples, and be able to work collaboratively on problematic texts in order to “Englishize” them and give them new life.

Make sure your English really is… English!

Joachim Lépine, M. Ed., has been a translator/editor, university lecturer and seminar leader for 10 years. His firm, Traductions LION, has served an array of high-profile clients, both in Canada and abroad. Joachim is currently head of the OTTIAQ continuing education committee, coordinator of the Regroupement des langagiers de l’Estrie (RLE) and a continuing education instructor for corporate clients and professional associations. He holds degrees in fine arts, professional translation and education, respectively from Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke and Plymouth State University.

Level: all levels

Date
Part 1: Friday, May 15, 2020
Date Part 2: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: ONLINE. Instructions for logging into the webinar will be provided a few days before the event.

Cost:
Early registration (on or before April 24, 2020)
$65 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$85 for non-member students
$100 for Editors Canada members
$115 for members of related organizations
$130 for non-members

After April 24, 2020
$75 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$105 for non-member students
$130 for Editors Canada members
$145 for members of related organizations
$160 for non-members

Registration closes on May 10, 2020

REGISTER NOW for What Makes English… English?

Seminar Coordinator: Dwain Richardson