Effect of Collocation-Based Specialized Translation Training Course on Improvement of the Specialized Translation Quality


  • maryam poorgalavi 📧 M.A. Graduate of English Translation, Department of the English Language, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Islamic Azad University of Khorasgan, Isfahan, Iran


Specialized translation is the most common type of services provided by Iranian translation agencies, therefore, it is of great importance. On the other hand, due to the increasing demand of academic society for high-quality translations, there is a critical need for well-trained specialized translators. Thus, the present study aimed to propose a collocation-based method for specialized translation training courses in Iran. To this end, a quasi-experimental one-group pretest-posttest design was implemented. The statistical population consisted of 270 online Iranian participants, of whom, only 158 completed their training course. Data were analyzed using SPSS-22, one-sample and paired T-tests. Results showed that the collocation-based specialized translation training course is effective in improving the quality of specialized translation. Moreover, the results revealed that the participants had more difficulty in understanding and recognizing lexical synonyms than grammatical ones.


Collocation, English texts, Specialized translation, Translation market, Translator traini


پورگلوی، مریم (1399). رایانش ابری در ترجمه: موردپژوهی ارائه‌دهندگان خدمات زبانی در ایران. مطالعات ترجمه، شماره 71، 51-28.

Abedi, Z. & Mobaraki, M. (2014). The effect of grammatical collocation instruction on understanding ESP texts for undergraduate computer engineering students. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 5(3), 631–641.

Alenezi, A. (2015). Development of translation curricula at undergraduate translation courses in Saudi universities: Exploring student needs and market demands [PhD dissertation, University of Leicester].

Alfaqara, W. M. (2021). Learning and comprehension of English grammatical collocations with prepositions by Jordanian EFL learners at Mutah University. Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 17(3), 1748–1762.

Alolaywi, Y. (2022). The effects of a translation training program on English as a foreign language trainees' translation skills. Frontiers in Education, 7, 1–8.

Alsulayyi, M. (2015). The use of grammatical collocations by advanced Saudi EFL learners in the UK and KSA. International Journal of English Linguistics, 5(1), 32–42.

Arbol Del, E.V. (2018). Innovative teaching methods in specialised translation. Modern Journal of Language Teaching Methods, 8(12), 426–436.

Arnaud, P. J. L., & Savignon, S. J. (1997). Rare words, complex lexical units and the advanced learner. In J. Coady & T. Huckin (Eds.), Second language vocabulary acquisition [pp. 157–173]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bannur, F. M., Akkila, D. A., & Elwafi, F. M. (2022). Types of problematics that affect undergraduates' competence in translating English collocations and phrasal verbs. Journal of English Language Teaching, 3(1), 26–43.

Bayraktar-Özer, Ö. & Hastürkoğlu G. (2020). Designing collaborative learning environment in translator training: An empirical research. Research in Language, (18)2, 137–150.

Benson, E., Benson, M., & Ilson, R. (1986). Lexicographic description of English. John Benjamins.

Ceh, Z. (2005). Crucial combinations. English Teaching Professional, 37, 29–31.

Dai, G. (2009). The applications of keywords and collocation to translation-studies and teaching based on the translation corpora - A tentative research on the parallel corpus of 17th NCCPC report. Translational Journal, 13(3). Available at: http://translationjournal.net/journal/49corpus.htm

DeVellis R. F. (2011). Scale development: Theory and applications. Sage Publications.

Ding, Y. (2018). Specialized translation teaching strategies: A corpus-based approach. International Journal of Cognitive and Language Sciences, 11.0(5). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1340502

Flowerdew L. (2003). A Combined Corpus and Systemic-Functional Analysis of the Problem-Solution Pattern in a Student and Professional Corpus of Technical Writing. TESOL Quarterly, 37(3): 489–511. https://doi.org/10.2307/3588401

Gile, D. (2009). Basic concepts and models for interpreter and translator training. John Benjamins.

Gitsaki, C. (1996). The development of ESL collocational knowledge [PhD dissertation, University of Queensland].

Göpferich, S. (2009). Towards a model of translation competence and its acquisition: the longitudinal study TransComp. In S. Göpferich, A. Lykke Jakobsen & I. M. Mees (Eds), Behind the Mind: Methods, models and results in translation process research [pp. 12–38]. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur.

Haghighi, H. (2018). A multifaceted approach to the translation of collocations from English to Persian. Applied Linguistics Research Journal, 2(2), 8–25.

Hill, J. (2003). The place of collocation in the syllabus. Twelfth International Symposium on English Teaching, (81–86). Taipei, Taiwan: Crane Publishing Company.

Jabbari, M. J., & Kavoosi, N. (2017). An investigation into the collocations used in the translation of official documents from Persian into English. Communication and Linguistics Studies, 3(2), 15–21.

Keshavarz, M. H. & Salimi, H. (2007). Collocational competence and cloze test performance: a study of Iranian EFL learners. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 17(1), 81–92.

Khoury, O. (2022). Perceptions of student-centered learning in online translator training: Finding from Jordan. Heliyon, 8(6):e09644. e09644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e09644

Lewis, M. (2000). Teaching collocation: Further developments in lexical approach. Oxford University Press.

Memarzia, N., Sahragard. R. Razmjoo, S. & Afraz, Sh. (2020). Pedagogical remedies to improve translation teaching at Iranian universities. Journal of Language and Translation, 10(2), 47–61.

Metwally, A. A. & Hamad M. M. (2023). The impact of collocational competence on translation quality: Literature review. AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, 7(1), 175–186.

Mounya, A. (2010). Teaching lexical collocation to raise proficiency in foreign language writing. [MA dissertation, Mentouri University of Constantine].

Nattinger, J. R., & DeCarrico, J. S. (1997). Lexical phrases and language teaching. Oxford University Press.

PACTE. (2003). Building a translation competence model. In F. Alves (Ed.), Triangulating translation: Perspectives in process oriented research, [pp. 43–66]. John Benjamins.

Palmer, H. (1933). Second interim report on English collocations. Tokyo: Kaitakusha.

Sadighi, S. & Sahragard, R. (2013). The effect of lexical collocational density on the Iranian EFL learners’ reading comprehension. The Journal of Teaching Language Skills (JTLS), 5(1), 111–136.

Salari, Z., & Khazaee Farid, A. (2015). The necessity to update the undergraduate translation curriculum based on the market needs. Language and Translation Studies, 51(1), 19–51.

Trang, N. H., Anh, K. H., & Khanh, T. N. (2021). The use of English Collocations in written translation: A case of university English-majored students. International Journal of Higher Education, 10(1), 252–272.

Trinant, K. & Kijpoonphol, B. (2021). Lexical collocations in a sample corpus of tourism research articles (SCTRA). NKRAFA Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 9, 94–108.

Wei, L., Chang, C., Yang, C., & Hsu, S. (2022). Undertaking online collocation dictionary to enhance textual translation ability: An experimental study of Mainland Chinese EFL learners. Journal of China-ASEAN Studies (JCAS), 1(2), 48–60.

Yan, J. X., Pan, J. & Wang, H. (2018). Studies on translator and interpreter training: A data-driven review of journal articles 2000–12. In book: Research on Translator and Interpreter Training [pp.11–38].



How to Cite

poorgalavi, maryam. (2024). Effect of Collocation-Based Specialized Translation Training Course on Improvement of the Specialized Translation Quality. Iranian Journal of Translation Studies, 21(84). Retrieved from https://journal.translationstudies.ir/ts/article/view/1124



Academic Research Paper