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Translation: Methods and Practice

Module Code: LN102
Module Name: Translation: Methods and Practice
Module Coordinator: Dr Julian Koch
Thursdays 17:00-19:00 Room: H4.03
Module Credits: 30

Module description

This cross-School module runs across terms 1 and 2. It introduces students to the principles of Translation Studies, including the challenges that translators encounter. Investigating how we read and analyse translations, the course explores the relationship between source and target text. Students will learn how to critically analyse translations and how to explore translation as a process of negotiation between texts and cultures. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to engage in the practice of translation and to analyse their own translation strategies.

This module can be taken by both ab initio and post- A Level learners.

Module availability in SMLC: please double check your course degree outline to ascertain whether this optional module is available to you

Normally, the module can be taken as an optional module in the following degrees only: Single Honours; With Degrees; BAML students who do not opt for a cultural module in one of their main languages; Modern Languages with Linguistics students who only do two languages and do not opt for a cultural module in one of their two languages

Non-SMLC students: The module has language specific seminars attached to it, and we expect students to be taking a language module alongside this course which further develops their skills in a complementary way. Due to the way this module is set up and because of staff provisions, it only supports learners with the 4 main languages taught in SMLC (French, German, Spanish and Italian).

Module aims:

This course will allow students to:

  • become more aware of the challenges associated with translation
  • critically reflect on the concept of translation as a cultural process
  • evaluate published translations from different genre from a cultural and linguistic perspective
  • gain an understanding of key terms and concepts in translation studies (such as equivalence, visibility and invisibility etc.) and experience in applying these terms when commenting on their own or other translations
  • produce short translations into English that are appropriate for their specified purpose
  • develop their critical awareness, analytical, presentation and written skills, as well as their ability to engage with theoretical literature


The module is taught by a combination of

  • general sessions, taught by module convenor and module tutors
  • language-specific seminars (three in T1; two in T2), taught by language tutors.

Assessment for the module:

This course is assessed 100% by course work.

In addition to an Activity Log of formative assignments which will allow you to practice and develop your skills (this includes a critical evaluation of a short published translation, a brief in-class seminar presentation and a short translation and critical commentary), you will be required to complete the following summative assignments:

  • a critical evaluation of a published translation (ca. 1,500 words in English; 25%)
  • a short seminar presentation (ca. 7 minutes; 15%)
  • a translation portfolio of short tasks (ca. 2,500 words; 60%)

Module Convenor:

Dr Julian Koch (

Module Tutors:

Dr Will Amos

Dr Olga Castro

Dr Qian Liu

Dr Julian Koch

Dr Mila Milani