Practical Translation Persian into English
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- Module Not Running 2019/2020
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- Term 1
The module aims to enhance and structure students' practical skills in translation from Persian into English, as well as provide them with an intellectual perspective on the activity of translation. The emphasis is mainly on advanced translation skills from Persian into English. Students study a variety of texts including literary, fictional, journalistic and biographical prose.
Students must have advanced level of language proficiency in both Persian and English.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate developed skills in translating between English and Persian, ensuring that the end product is cohesive, effective, and appropriate to the nature of the source text.
- Assess and analyse the nature and features of varieties of source texts, and demonstrate these skills through commentary on their translation choices and strategy.
- Assess, discuss and critique translated texts in English and Persian, pointing out the difficulties and issues that face translators of these texts in terms of specific issues and overall translation strategy.
- Students will develop intellectual perspectives on the activity of translation and expand topic-based vocabulary.
- By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate ability in handling texts, including literary, academic, political, journalistic and biographical texts with confidence.
This module will be taught over 10 weeks with a 2 x 1 hour lectures in total. There will be 18 hours of practical classes and workshops over the teaching term bringing the total contact hours for this module to 20.
Scope and syllabus
There is no set syllabus for this moldule. Texts will cover a core range of genres and text styles. It will include ongoing discussion of the process and techniques of translation, from Persian to English, close examination of the nature and features of different genres and varieties of texts, and exploration of the relevant translation strategies to adopt with them, both in class and during independent study. The module involves intensive practical translation, the application of translation theory to texts, and critique and assessment of pre-existing translations. The order and levels of the text types studied will be flexible and tailored to the needs of the students
Method of assessment
One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); a translation and commentary of 2,000 words to be submitted on Day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%).
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