Learn Something New in 2017

Happy new year! As you begin to make your plans for 2017, I hope you include some education experiences. I’ve had my eye on a paralegal course offered through the UC Davis extension school here in Sacramento – just once a year, they give the classes live and in person, rather than online. That’s an important feature to me, since so much of my work is remote from a home office. After some budgeting of time and resources, this is the year I sign up.


If you don’t have concrete ideas yet, or prefer to study from the comfort of your own pajamas, here is a short list of free or low-cost options:

  • Coursera has a wide selection of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in their “Learning English” category. Even if English is your target language, though, the University of California, Irvine, presents higher-level topics on grammar, verb tense, and academic writing that could benefit anyone.
  • EdX offers a great selection business courses, among others. If improving some aspect of your work habits is part of your list of resolutions for 2017, this is a great place to start.
  • FUN is a French platform that offers classes (mainly in French) on topics such as law and finance.
  • The American Translators Association always has a new live webinar in the works, and they offer some past webinars for viewing on demand. For instance, you can watch my previous classes on copyediting and proofreading.
  • ATA’s French Language Division produces fun podcasts for French-English translators and interpreters that you can listen to on the web or in the car through iTunes or SoundCloud.
  • eCPD is another translator-focused platform that offers live webinars on topics like how to manage corpora and updates in medical terminology.
  • ProZ also posts a huge selection of webinars, including an incredible variety on the dozens of translation and productivity tools you might use. They just restructured their paid memberships so that the newest option gives you access to the entire webinar library (including my class on credentials translation). You don’t have to be a member, though – you can still purchase access to individual webinars à la carte.

Do you know of any other great resources? What are your education goals for 2017? Share in the comments below!


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