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TRI2002 : Translation Theory and Practice 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr JC Penet
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Ferstenberg
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•For students to gain an intermediate knowledge of the key theoretical and practical issues involved in translation, to familiarise themselves with the history of translation and the main theories of translation and to learn to contextualise translation.
•In and out of their mother tongue (in one of 2 language pairs, e.g. EnglishFrench, EnglishGerman and EnglishSpanish), for students to:
•Gain an intermediate level in text-analysis, translating and translating-teamwork skills in 2-3 different genres (e.g. journalism, business, literature etc.);
•Be aware of how the Stage’s key genres communicate messages in linguistic and interpersonal terms, and the implications this has for their translation;
•Start developing a critical understanding of their own and others’ translation practices, as a basis for work at stage 4.

Outline Of Syllabus

During the lectures, students will familiarise themselves with major translation theories and practice through the prism of the topics listed hereunder (this list is indicative only, the definite list of lectures can be found in the module booklet):
-       Pre-1960s translation theories;
-       Equivalence, techniques and shifts;
-       Functional theories of translation;
-       Translation as rewriting;
-       The cultural and political agenda of translation;
-       Translation and the new media;
-       Linguistic and communicative features of the Stage’s genres.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Lectures will be attended by ALL students on the module.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1128:00128:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Students will normally follow the language-specific strand (24 sessions of 1 hour per lang strand).
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
TRI2202Translation Theory and Practice 2 - Part 2
TRI2102Translation Theory and Practice 2 - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, involving lecturer input with discussion/tasks, will give students grounding in the key theoretical and practical issues involved in translation as outlined in the syllabus.
Small-group teaching will give students the opportunity to apply practically the theory covered in the lectures by giving lecturer input on translation skills development. This will allow students to develop written, communication and problem-solving skills. Small-group teaching will also give training in translation annotations, and link principles input to students’ own translations.
Skills practice allows students to prepare and practise translation tasks, and to develop translation studies knowledge.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A40Translations (approx. 350 words source text). Full access to internet resources required (open-book exam).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
TRI2202Translation Theory and Practice 2 - Part 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M60A Portfolio of selected translations (approx. 1,000 words plus source text plus commentaries.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MRegular short homework translations.
PC Examination1MPC Examination. Translation of unseen text(s). Full access to internet resources required (open-book exam).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses students’ translation skills under pressure of tight deadlines; doing this on a networked PC tests the PC-based writing and web reference skills presented and practised in the module. The required commentary for the students to demonstrate that they can contextualise the text, identify potential translation issues and problems in a source text and that they have developed a decent toolkit of practical translating strategies. Similarly, the Portfolio tests the students’ practical translation skills and the commentary 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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