Revision Teaching and Revision Competence Acquisition in Iranian Universities

An Exploratory Study


  • Ahmad Kabiri University of Isfahan
  • Marzieh Izadi Birjand University


Revision, Revision competence acquisition, Translator training


Revision is an indispensable part of the translation workflow in the industry; however, its definition remains ill-defined and its status has been marginalized in the translator training (Robert, 2008). The aim of this article is fourfold. In the first part, a survey was conducted, prior to the start of the revision course, to investigate students’ attitudes towards revision, their background knowledge, and competence. In the second part, a quantitative grading scheme, based on Mossop’s (2019) formula, is proposed and employed to evaluate students’ acquisition of revision sub-competences, following the above-mentioned course. The third part of the study entails the discussions on the efficacy of the contents and methods chosen in translator training curriculum in Iranian universities and the impact of such training on students’ acquisition of revision sub-competences. This study finally ends with some insights and suggestions on the best ways to tailor revision courses to the needs of professionals in the translation industry.

Author Biographies

Ahmad Kabiri, University of Isfahan

M.A. Graduate in English Translation Studies, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran;

Marzieh Izadi, Birjand University

M.A. in English Translation Studies, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Birjand University, Birjand, Iran;


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How to Cite

Kabiri, A., & Izadi, M. (2021). Revision Teaching and Revision Competence Acquisition in Iranian Universities: An Exploratory Study. Translation Studies Quarterly, 19(74), 7–24.



Scientific Research Paper