Learning portfolio in translator training: The tool of choice for competence development and assessment

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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article presents a practical example of the implementation of learning portfolios as a means to assessing competence in translator training. Details are given of how a portfolio may be used for both formative and summative assessment; the stages of competence development at which assessment should take place; and the criteria used for assessing the outcome of activities designed to develop translation competence. The results obtained are presented and discussed. The example presented shows that learning portfolios are the instruments of choice for assessing the progressive development of competence in trainee translators. They encourage learner autonomy, reflective and critical thinking and self-assessment, and the tasks set mobilise all the competences required to successfully develop translation competence. The use of learning portfolios, however, requires close collaboration between trainers and trainees, and a sustained effort to establish, and apply, effective competence assessment criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-182
JournalThe Interpreter and Translator Trainer
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Assessment
  • Competence assessment
  • Competence-based training
  • Learning portfolio
  • Translator training


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