Translation in Practice
Translation in Practice 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
This module introduces students to a series of methodological and practical skills that will enable them to familiarise themselves with the practice of translation. Students will be able to study aspects of applied translation including machine translation, translation software, the translation of children's literature, terminology theory and practice for translators, etc. They will also be introduced to Interpreting an adjacent field. The approaches studied will relate to a wide range of languages and cultures, including English, Welsh, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin and German.
-threshold -C- - C+: Students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the topic studied, forming solid conclusions about the validity and uses of critical theory as a whole.
-good -B- - B+: Students receiving the higher grades of assessment will have analysed the sources provided, evaluating secondary material on set topics and assessing them as they form their own convincing conclusions.
-excellent -A- - A+: In order to achieve the highest grades, students will have supplemented the texts studied in class with additional primary and secondary reading, they will have analysed and evaluated existing readings of critical theory and come to their own innovative and thoughtful conclusions.
- Students will acquire a greater awareness of the concept of applied translation and its wide range of manifestations.
- Students will acquire an overview of translation methodologies and computer-assisted translation tools.
- Students will be able to analyse the uses and validity of a wide range of applied approaches to translation.
Logbook Or Portfolio
Professional Translation Project Portfolio You will be given a simulated translation project for a customer. Without producing a translation of the ST, you will create a project logbook which will include: i. An example of written communication with your employer where you will seek to clarify the requirements, objectives and purposes of the client; the recipients of the translation service; and your own negotiation with the client to define deadlines, rates/invoicing, working conditions, access to information, contracts, rights, responsibilities and any ethical issue posed by the project (20%). ii. An analysis of the source document, identifying potential textual and cognitive difficulties and assessing the strategies and resources needed for appropriate translation in line with the client’s brief and the communicative context (between 700-1000 words) (30%) iii. A report on the most relevant IT applications, including the full range of office software, search engines, corpus-based tools, text analysis tools, terminological databases and CAT tools that will assist you with delivering the translation project. (between 700-1000 words) (30%) iv. Your invoice to the client. (20%)