Step 1: Source Course Analysis.
One of the common misconceptions is that any text can just be translated without any preliminary work. Technically, this is possible, but then the output quality leaves much to be desired. An online course is not just a one-page text – it is a complex bulk of content with a certain structure, set of concepts and terms, and other complex elements. Therefore, initial preparation is essential to keep all this features in your course, regardless of the language.
Thus, before submitting a course to translation, we highly recommend to:
1) proofread the content – it’s be-all and end-all. Stick to the ironclad rule: “never submit any materials without double checking them.” Reviewing materials helps to avoid extra work caused by any errors in text or in structure. Also, make sure that all the statements are clear and comprehensible in order to avoid misinterpretation.
2) make a glossary of terms. It wouldn’t be necessary for a fiction text or for a short text; however, an online course implies a large volume of content that includes terms and other domain-related word units. In addition to this, there are concepts that have several variants of translation in other languages. Therefore, if you’d like to stick to a certain variant or if you have any preferences related to terminology used, it should be indicated before the translation process has started.
3) define acronyms, if there are any. Sometimes an acronym might have several meanings or probably there are acronyms that you use internally in your company/ institution. To avoid guessing and misinterpreting, acronyms and their meanings and/or translations should be defined beforehand.
4) if there are any requirements related to file format, language variant, etc., these should be also indicated before the task is taken on.