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ENG1002T English for Translation Program II: Home

Course Description

This is the second of four courses designed to develop English language knowledge for use in translation and/or simultaneous interpretation. This second course will continue the development of the students’ English language skills, including focused listening skills, conversation skills and essay writing skills.

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