Signum Academy Translation Club

Signum Academy Translation Club helps kids and teens develop and practice language translation skills. Students will learn how to translate foreign, extinct, and constructed language texts in weekly group sessions with a preceptor who is an expert in that language.

Why Translation Club?

We believe that no language is ever truly “dead” as long as there are people willing to study it and immerse themselves in its literature. Our purpose in the Signum Academy Translation Club is:

  1. To introduce students to ancient languages, like Old Norse and Old English, and to encourage them to appreciate the beauty and value of these languages.
  2. To provide students with a basic knowledge of the grammatical structures of such languages, the cultures that spoke them, the literature composed in them, and the manuscripts that preserve them.
  3. To give students the opportunity to develop their linguistic and translation skills by working with actual texts in these languages.

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Translation Club Details for Parents

Signum Academy Translation Club is created to help young people learn new languages and practice language skills. All Translation Club sessions are fully remote, providing a safe and flexible learning environment.

How Translation Club Works

  • Each club group will have no more than 7 members.
  • The leader will help members learn how to translate texts in a foreign, extinct or constructed language.
  • Club members will learn how to read scripts and symbols from the club translation language, including grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and other language rules.
  • Short translation exercises will be provided between sessions for discussion at the next session.
  • Groups will meet for two 1-hour sessions each week using Signum’s digital campus software (primarily GoToWebinar).

Note: A group consists of students from one of three grade ranges: 3rd – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, and 9th – 12th grade.

Pricing

Translation Club costs $90/month (about $10/hour). Discounts available for multiple subscriptions. Learn more about Signum Academy club pricing here.

What Kids and Teens Will Learn in Translation Club

  • Reading skills in a foreign or extinct language
  • Translation skills in a foreign or extinct language
  • Language-learning skills for use with learning other languages
  • Cooperative discussion skills

Translation Club Languages

Currently, Translation Club groups are available for the following languages:

  • Latin
  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • New Testament Greek

Additional languages may be added over time. If you or your child are interested in learning a language not listed above, please let us know.

Translation Club and Learn Everywhere
(New Hampshire only)

Signum Academy Translation Club is approved to participate in the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Learn Everywhere program. This means that New Hampshire high school students can earn certificates in Translation Club that can be submitted for language credits toward graduation.

This page provides information about class equivalencies and assessments as they relate to Translation Club. For general information and FAQs about Signum Academy’s participation Learn Everywhere, visit our Learn Everywhere page.

Expected Outcomes for Translation Club Students

Students who wish to receive a certificate toward Learn Everywhere credit will be assessed regularly based on their participation during weekly sessions. Every month, preceptors will prepare a progress report showing their advancement toward achieving four competencies in the following areas:

Year 1

  • Decoding Grammar to understand the basic elements of the historical language
  • Understanding Syntax to gain familiarity of the form and function of the historical language
  • Reading Comprehension of texts written in the historical language
  • Speaking and Listening to participate in collaborative discussion about the historical language

Year 2

  • Translation Proficiency in technical and analytical skills of the historical language
  • Composition and expression of ideas through poetry and prose in the historical language
  • Cultural, Historical, and Literary Context to appreciate the culture in which the historical language was spoken
  • Speaking and Listening to participate in collaborative discussion about the historical language

Student mastery of these competencies will be rated on a scale of 1-4 at both Beginning and Advanced levels. Students who achieve a 3 are understood to have attained mastery.

For a complete breakdown of how Translation Club progress is measured, please email [email protected] or use our contact form.

High School Credit Equivalents for Translation Club Topics

Each Translation Club group will focus one or more topics of interest to students who join the group. Students who wish to receive credit for a particular language can join the equivalent Translation Club group studying that language.

The table below provides an overview of how Translation Club topics equate to New Hampshire high school language classes. Note that [Language] can be replaced with the name of any language for which we offer a Translation Club.

Translation Club TopicLevelHigh School Class Equivalent
(½ credit)
[Language] TranslationBeginning I[Language] Translation 1, Semester 1
[Language] TranslationAdvanced I[Language] Translation 1, Semester 2
[Language] TranslationBeginning II[Language] Translation 2, Semester 1
[Language] TranslationAdvanced II[Language] Translation 2, Semester 2

 

Translation Club Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can my child change to a different language after signing up?

We encourage members to pursue a single language in order to attain familiarity with translating the language. However, members may switch to a different language with parental permission if they really wish to. Depending on the timing and seat availability, such a switch may need to wait until a new group for that language is ready to start.

Can my child participate in both Conversation Club and Translation Club?

Absolutely! See our pricing information page for information about joining multiple clubs.

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