SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Practical Translation: English to Japanese

Module Code:
15 Credits

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of this module is to help students acquire advanced translation skills in translation from English to Japanese. Students will be helped to develop intellectual perspectives on the activity of translation and expand topic-based vocabulary. By the end of the module, the students will be able to translate a variety of text-types including literary, academic, media, business and technical texts.


A total of 10 weeks teaching with two hours classroom contact per week consisting of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar.

Scope and syllabus

The module aims to familiarise students with the process and techniques of translating from English into Japanese, developing their skills to a high level of proficiency, and provide them with much practical experience of translation. The module consists of 3 hours per week of translation from English into Japanese and commentary.

Texts from various sources, including newspapers, magazines, the internet, government documents, and academic journals/books, and in various styles and genres (literary, academic, media, business and technical texts) will be assigned for class practice and homework.

The module will raise students’ awareness of issues relating to literal and free styles of translation, to targeted readership, to degree of formality, and to cultural implications. Classroom time will be divided between translation and discussion of translation choices made by students. Built into the module is a systematic comparative analysis of linguistics and methodological aspects of translation between English and Japanese.

Method of assessment

  • Take-home translation assignment of 1000 words of English text (20%) due Term 2
  • take-home translation assignment of 1000 words of English text (20%) due Term 2
  • translation and commentary essay of 3000 words (60%) due Term 3
  •  The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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