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GER4083 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation & Interpreting

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Andrea Wilczynski
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Ferstenberg
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, the module aims to:

- build on language skills gained at Stages 1, 2 and 3
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the German language and with the ability to use it at a high level of proficiency in professional, academic and social environments
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- develop students’ translation skills (into English) and interpreting skills (into and from German), to an advanced level of competence

Outline Of Syllabus

This module comprises two components: written translation (into English) and liaison interpreting (into and from German). It is aimed at final year students of German who have reached a near-native command of the language.

The translation and liaison interpreting tasks are based on topical themes from the media. Liaison interpreting will also include “business-like” situations and exchanges.
Specific topics and materials based on current issues will be provided in class.

Sessions will include
- Note-taking for interpreting
- Interpreting and translation techniques
- Using appropriate register/style

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00PiP seminars (interpreting)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP seminars (translation)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study671:0067:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8014Liaison Interpreting
GER4183Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Interpreting - Exchange Students Semester 1
GER4283Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation - Exchange Students Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (translation and liaison interpreting).
Group work will offer students an opportunity to work in small groups (in the target language and in English) under close supervision of the lecturer. These classes will focus on the skills listed in the outline syllabus.

Teaching will be in the target language and in English.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A50This examination will assess students’ ability to take swift and effective notes .... *Continued in Assessment Rationale below
Written Examination902A5024-hour take-home paper. Open translation examination. Translation into English (of 250-300 words).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GER4283Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation - Exchange Students Semester 22N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Examination1MMock interpreting exam at the end of Semester 1
Written Examination2MPractice take home translation during mid-Semester 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment of interpreting is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life situation as possible.

Translation is assessed by means of a take home exam in order to make sure that it is performed in a setting as close to a real-life professional situation as possible.

The interpreting mock exam and practice translation help students assess their progress before the formal examinations take place. Formative feedback will be provided regularly.

* (Continued from above)...and listen and convey information into English and the Target Language in a prompt and professional manner. Reasonable adjustments can be made if required as part of a student support plan.

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