SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Korean-English Translation (PG)

Module Code:
15PJKH057
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
7
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 2

This module examines issues surrounding the practice and activity of translation, and offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and methods in translating texts from Korean into English. The syllabus combines practical translation exercises with critical analyses of context, strategies, methods, and their socio-political and cultural implications. Through weekly seminars, the module convenor will introduce topical issues and key translation theories. Students will be assigned different genres of texts (literary, academic, media, technical and commercial, etc.) in Korean to translate into English and present in class. The informal presentations will form the basis for group discussions on translation method and technique, and for sharing constructive feedback. Diligent assignment preparations and active seminar participation will also help students expand their knowledge of Korean grammatical structures, text styles, vocabulary, idioms and expressions.

This module is designed to complement other language use modules for MA Korean students to develop their skills in reading, analysing and translating Korean texts. Students must have advanced language proficiency in Korean to follow the module content.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of advanced Korean grammar, vocabulary, idioms and expressions
  2. demonstrate skills and methods in analysing and translating different genres and styles of Korean texts into English
  3. identify and use relevant reference materials and critical sources for translating different Korean text types into English
  4. demonstrate intellectual perspectives on translation practices, strategies and activity

Workload

Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week in seminars.

Scope and syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module, but a list of texts and topics will be made available from the teacher at the beginning of the module each year. It will combine the practice of translation with critical analyses of context, strategy, method, and their socio-political and cultural implications. In the seminars, students will be introduced to different issues and theories, present their translation work and method, and engage in practical exercises and group discussions on key topics. Different genres of texts will be assigned for translation.

Method of assessment

A portfolio of translations texts of 3,000 - 4,000 word to be submitted  on day 1, week 1, of the term following teaching (50%); translation of set texts (1,000 words) plus reflective commentary (500 words) to be submitted on day 5, week 11, in the term of teaching (35%); an oral presentation of a translation text with a hand-out summarising the main points (15%).

Suggested reading

• Baker, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation.. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, c. 1992.
• Bassnett-McGuire, Susan. Translation Studies. London: Routledge, 2002.
• Kiaer, Jieun. The Routledge Course in Korean Translation. London: Routledge, 2018.
• Munday, Jeremy. Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012.
• Newmark, Peter. A Textbook of Translation. New York: Prentice-Hall International, 1988.
• Nida, Eugene. Contexts in Translating. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins Publishing Co., 2001.

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