Theory and practice of Swahili translation
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- Year of study:
- Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
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- Full Year
PrerequisitesSwahili IIA; Kiswahili Novel; Advanced Swahili Usage
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The objective of the course is to train students in the practical skills and techniques of translation from English into Swahili and vice versa.
By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate . . .
- an understanding of a variety of approaches, methods, history of translation, and the place of linguistics in translation
- the ability to translate a variety of text-types including modern prose and academic texts into the target language
- a familiarity with relevant translation technology
WorkloadTotal of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week, 1 hour of which will be a lecture and a 1 hour tutorial.
Scope and syllabus
There exists a large and growing body of published, modern Swahili texts that constitute a section of world literature, but which remains unknown to the global English speaking community. Unique genres of Swahili texts, such as Tenzi, or epic poems are important sources of historical and cultural knowledge. Students will be engaged to become familiar with unique linguistic structures of Swahili, idiomatic uses, literature and cultural history of the language. This course may be particularly useful for advanced students of Swahili, including those returning from the Year Abroad Study in east Africa.
Additional bibliography and texts for translation, more emphasis on translation theory and on developing practical skills of translation.
Method of assessmentThis course is assessed by a combination of one three-hour written examination (70%) taken in May/June; one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on day 1, week 4, term 2 (15%); a portfolio of translation texts assigned during term 1 and 2 (15%).
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