TRANSLATION FRENCH-ENGLISH I - 2017/8
Module code: TRA1026
School of Literature and Languages
MARLEY D Dr (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||TEXT 1 (C.200 WORDS EACH)||20%|
|Coursework||TEXT 2 (C.200 WORDS EACH)||20%|
|Coursework||TEXT 3 (C.200 WORDS EACH)||20%|
|Examination||2-HOUR EXAMINATION (200 - 250 WORDS)||40%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module is taught in English in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 4
To introduce translation as a process involving an explicit understanding of both source and target language, and to give students practice in the art of translation.
|Have acquired an understanding of basic translation strategies.||KPT|
|Be able to translate general passages of French into accurate English with appropriate style and register.||KCPT|
|Be able to use a bilingual dictionary and other translation tools effectively.||KCPT|
|Have improved their communication skills through discussion of texts.||KCPT|
|Have developed their ability to write good, clear English.||KCPT|
|Have developed problem-solving skills.||KCPT|
|Have gained insight into cultural differences between the two languages.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Basic theoretical introduction in the skills and strategies of translation between French and English.
Practical translation work on non-specialised texts from French to English.
Texts will be from various sources, chosen to illustrate a wide variety of translation problems. These texts will be analysed and discussed with a view to finding possible solutions to the problems they raise.
Students will prepare translations outside class, in order to receive feedback and improve their translation skills.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class;
Provide opportunities for students to develop practical competence in translation.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Teaching will be delivered in practical seminars.
There will be opportunities for class discussion, group work and peer evaluation.
Further guidance for independent study will be provided by the class tutor.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of French society and culture.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Three equally weighted texts (c.200 words each) during semester
This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently to apply strategies and solve problems in translating a range of texts, using a variety of resources.
Two hour exam.
Students demonstrate ability to use strategies and solve problems in translating a text under pressure of time, using just a bilingual dictionary.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.
Reading list for TRANSLATION FRENCH-ENGLISH I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tra1026
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.