Graham Fawcett

writer, teacher, translator and broadcaster




Translators who would like a clearer idea of my coaching and exam technique guidance for the January 2020 CIOL Diploma in Translation Italian-English examinations may request a single tutorial at my house in Central London by way of introduction to the process.
Graham Fawcett

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Translation Coaching

Graham Fawcett, MA, MCIOL, CLTA, is available to provide one-to-one coaching to candidates proposing to take the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation examination in January 2020.

As well as his Cambridge degree in English (1967) and the Goldsmiths Certificate in Teaching Foreign Languages to Adults (1991), he founded, devised and ran - from 1997 to 2008 - a course at Goldsmiths College to prepare students for the Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Translation examinations (Italian-English and English-Italian).

He has worked for the last 30 years as

  • a teacher of Italian language, translation and world literature,
  • a translator (notably in art history, current affairs, travel & tourism);
  • an interpreter in Italian (including for the British Council in Britain and Venice);
  • a BBC Radio interviewer in Italian and English;
  • a voice-over in both Italian and English for the last ten years;
  • more recently, as a bilingual/monolingual media trainer for industry, specialising in issues relating to environment, health and safety;
  • a lecturer in the translation of poetry from a range of languages for The Poetry School;
  • a guest lecturer at the Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (IULM) at Feltre, a University of Milan campus; and
  • a visiting lecturer in translation at the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Warwick.

Published translations include Federico Fellini's Cinecittà (Studio Vista) and Giorgio Bagnoli's The La Scala Encyclopedia of Opera (Simon and Schuster).

The coaching sessions, which would be held at Graham Fawcett’s house in Central London, would be based on a two-hour unit of input by the coach, the first hour being one of preparation (including the marking of scripts of up to 100 lines of A4 printed text) and the second hour a one-to-one meeting for coaching, feedback and discussion.

The fee would be £150 per two-hour unit (payable in advance) or £1200 for a series of ten two-hour units (payable in two instalments of £600, the first instalment due before Session 1 and the second instalment before Session 6). Single-hour consultations which may or may not lead to further sessions are available at £80.

Enquiries to Graham Fawcett at attaching a curriculum vitae and a covering note detailing any study or preparation you may already have done for this examination.