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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIF218
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: URVOY E Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semesters 1 and 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
50 minute unseen class test (c.200 words) in Semester 1
50 minute unseen class test (c.200 words) in Semester 2
Four texts (c.200 words) completed during year
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a Level 2 module for French. It is taught in the target language, over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.


Successful completion of Level 1 French modules or equivalent

Module Aims

The module aims 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.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will:
  • recognise a number of common problems involved in translating between French and English;
  • begin to develop strategies for dealing with these difficulties;
  • be able to use a bilingual dictionary effectively;
  • be able to translate passages of English into accurate French, using appropriate style and register;
  • have developed creativity and problem-solving skills;
  • have gained insight into cultural differences between French and English;
  • have improved communication skills in both writing and discussion.
Module Content

Translation will be introduced as a process involving an explicit understanding of both source and target language.
Students will be presented with a variety of texts in English, mainly journalistic, 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 regularly hand in translations prepared outside class, in order to have feedback and improve their translation skills.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

One contact hour per teaching week in Autumn and Spring semesters. Classes are practical and interactive.

Selected Texts/Journals

Passages for translation practice and assignments will be supplied by the module tutors.
A good bilingual dictionary is crucial (Oxford-Hachette, Collins-Robert, Larousse Bilingue), together with the Petit Robert.
It is recommended that you learn how to use the CD-Rom network in the library in order to access archived editions of Le Monde and other French and English language newspapers.

Hervey, S. and Higgins, I., Thinking Translation. A course in translation method: French to English, 1992.

Munday, J. Introducing Translation Studies. Theories and Applications, 2001.

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