Posted by Barbara Inge Karsch on October 4, 2011
I am getting ready for my next trip to the Lessius University College of KULeuven in Belgium where I have been a guest lecturer for the last year. Shortly thereafter, Lessius will offer another round of ECQA Certified Terminology Manager – Basic. It won’t work out for me to teach with my colleagues, Hendrik Kokaert and Silvia Cerrela Bauer, but below is the information of the course which you can also find here on the TermNet website.
ECQA Certified Terminology Manager – Basic
28 November – 2 December 2011
Lessius University College
In the globalized knowledge and information societies, specialized language has become a pre-requisite of any kind of efficient and effective communication, management and interoperability of technical systems and methodologies. Terminology and terminology management build an integral, high quality and quality assuring part of the end products, services and tools in the fields of:
- Information & communication
- Classification & categorization
- Translation & localization
Monday, 28 November 2011
UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING TERMINOLOGY MANAGEMENT
UNIT 2: TERMINOLOGY MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
UNIT 3: TERMINOLOGY STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS PROCESSES
UNIT 4: TEAM WORKING & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
UNIT 5: APPLICATION SCENARIOS
Thursday, 1 December 2011
UNIT 6: STANDARDS AND LEGAL ISSUES
Friday, 2 December 2011
Please send an e-mail to Dr Hendrik J. Kockaert: [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Registration deadline is 7 November 2011.
Training: € 800
Test and certificate: € 150
Lessius University College/ KULeuven
Department of Applied Language Studies
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Posted by Barbara Inge Karsch on November 2, 2010
For the last few years, I was part of a team called Microsoft Language Excellence. Now, I am part of a consultant group called ExcellenceTerm. To some, including excellence in one’s name might be presumptuous, even arrogant. To me, it is part of the vision.
Let’s look into the etymology. Excellence comes from Latin excellere which means to distinguish oneself or to raise oneself above. If we look up ‘to excel’ in OneLook© Dictionary Search, we find that most dictionaries define it as to do better than, to surpass, to be outstanding, to have a particular talent in something, to do better than a given standard, etc.
Is there something wrong with doing better than a particular standard? Or with being outstanding? I believe not in our Western culture. In a competitive environment, such as the Microsoft culture, there certainly is a positive connotation with the fact that you think you can surpass someone else. My vision for Microsoft Language Excellence was always to be the best resource for terminology management within the company. I believe we fulfilled that vision during most of the existence of Language Excellence.
ExcellenceTerm is part of TermNet, the International Network of Terminology. TermNet was founded in 1988 based “on the initiative of UNESCO, with the aim to establish a network for co-operation in the field of terminology.” ExcellenceTerm is a small group of terminology consultants who are working on various projects, including a certification program for terminologists called the ECQA Certified Terminology Manager.
Economic ups-and-downs aside, we all have to be motivated in our professional lives in order to keep our jobs, make a living, not burn out, etc. Striving for excellence—not achieving perfection—is for me a healthy way to add value and enjoy what we are doing.
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