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SML8012 : Translation Practice and Principles

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Myriem El Maizi
  • Lecturer: Mrs Antje Moench, Dr Philippa Page, Dr JC Penet, Dr Helen Ferstenberg
  • Other Staff: Ms Jessica Rainey, Mrs Elena Vignali, Mrs Carole Moore, Miss Noelia or Lia Cacheiro Quintas
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0


1.       For students to gain a broad knowledge of the key theoretical and practical issues involved in professional translation.
2.       In one of up to eight B>>A-language* combinations (English>>French, English>>German, English>>Italian, English>>Spanish, French>>English, German>>English, Italian>>English or Spanish>>English), for students to:
•       Develop professional-level text-analysis, translating, post-editing, and translating-teamwork skills in 2-4 professional genres.
•       Gain an analytic and reflective understanding of their own and others’ translation practice, as a basis for further professional development.
*A-language is the translator’s language of main use (typically the mother tongue), and B-language the language of secondary use (typically a foreign or second language).

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Academic writing for translation studies: translations, commentaries, referring to sources
•       Equivalence, translating/interpreting factors & distances
•       Translation/interpreting and semantic meaning
•       Translation/interpreting and pragmatic meaning
•       Translation/interpreting and discourse
•       Translating processes & strategies
•       Culture, domestication, foreignisation
•       Quality and the translation/interpreting professional
•       Skopos, function and norms
•       Loyalty and creativity
•       Analysing and translating/post-editing texts in 2-4 genres
See timetabling information for further details.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:3013:30Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudySkills practice141:0041:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00Present in Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1172:00172:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present-In-Person
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML7001Translation and Interpreting Studies
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A module talk introduces students to the module and explains learning/teaching methods. Lectures give a grounding in the key theoretical and practical issues involved in translation, and enable students to engage with the required knowledge-base. Workshops give training in commentary-writing, reference skills and genre analysis, and link principles input to students’ own translations. Small-group Practicals give lecturer input on translation skills development, and develop written communication and problem-solving skills. Student-led groupwork consolidates and further develops translation and translation-advisory skills, and develops a range of key skills (e.g. planning and organising, initiative, teamwork).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1201M30Unseen translation exam in PC cluster
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A70Hand-in Translation (source-text length about 1000 words), with a 1500-word academic Commentary.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWeekly homework (weeks 2-10) handed in to staff for feedback about every 2 weeks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All assessments test students’ text-analysis, translation research and translating skills. The Portfolio commentary also tests the translation-studies knowledge outcomes of the module and their reflective integration with translation practice. Weekly homework texts are crucial for skills development.

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