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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FREN2350 Introduction to Professional French Translation and Interpreting

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr Terry Bradford

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Ability to study a module taught in French, usually evidenced by having successfully completed level 1 of a degree programme including French.


FREN1010Language Awareness and Skills

This module is mutually exclusive with

FREN3070Bilingual Liaison Interpreting
FREN3770Theory and Practice in French-English Translation
FREN3880Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module gives you the opportunity - through role-play and simulated scenarios - to try different modes of translation and interpreting. It raises questions of ethics - as well as linguistics - and what it means to be a professional interpreter.


1. To introduce you to some of the theory of translation as well as different modes of interpreting;
2. To practise sight translation and different types of interpreting: liaison, community, simultaneous interpreting, and chuchotage;
3. To consider the importance of ethics.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students should be able to:
1. understand different modes/contexts of interpreting;
2. interpret (and to sight-translate) appropriately in given contexts;
3. show awareness of the ethical dimension of the professional linguist's work.


Lectures will cover professionalism & ethics, modes of interpreting, types of translation (including sight translation), and strategies for effective translation & interpreting. The lectures will allow for discussion of certain issues. Seminars will enable students to play the roles of interpreter (acting also as sight-translator), service provider, and 'client'.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This involves reading (theory), research for fortnightly role-play scenarios, and practice (autonomous and in groups) in preparation for the assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring will take the form of formative sight translation and interpreting exercises. It will also involve observation of contribution in seminars.

Written feedback will be provided mid-course on the portfolio (and glossary).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1500 words and a glossary of 40-50 terms50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The portfolio consists of: a reflective overview of sources of research as well as a discussion of glossary terms (with examples of faux amis). The glossary will be on a theme of the student’s choosing: e.g. skin complaints.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Interpreting (4-6-minute scenario) and Sight Translation (500 words max). The practical spot exam will be internally organised by module tutors.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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