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SML8017 : Translation Practice from Second Foreign Language

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Myriem El Maizi
  • Other Staff: Ms Jessica Rainey, Mrs Carole Moore, Dr Helen Ferstenberg
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In one of up to four language pairs (French>>English, German>>English, Italian>>English or Spanish>>English), for English mother-tongue students to:

- Develop professional-level text-analysis, translating 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.
- Apply "principles" insights from SML8012 Translation Practice & Principles to another language pair.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline of syllabus

- Practical translation work in 2-4 professional genres (e.g. Journalism, Publicity, Science & Technology, Law, Business & Finance, Medicine)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:3013:30Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudySkills practice136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity91:3013:30Present-In-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study195:0095:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present-In-Person
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8013Translation Workshop
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A module talk introduces students to the module and explains learning/teaching methods. 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
PC Examination1202A30Unseen translation exam in PC cluster (source-text length about 500 words)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M70Hand-in Translation (source- text length about 650-700 words), with a 1500-word academic Commentary.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MWeekly homework (weeks 2-10) handed in to staff for feedback every 2 weeks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All assessments test students’ text-analysis, translation research and translating skills. The Portfolio commentary also assesses the reflective integration of translation-studies input (gained via SML8012 Translation Practice & Principles, which all SML8017 students take in Semester 1) to translation practice. Weekly homework is crucial for skills development.

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