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MODL5306M Specialised English-Japanese Translation A

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Sara Ramos Pinto

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to a Centre for Translation Studies MA programme with specialisation in Japanese. Centre for Translation Studies MA students who did not take the Admissions Translation Test for Japanese when they applied for the programme must pass this test before they may take this module. Students enrolled on other School of Modern Languages and Cultures postgraduate programmes may, after gaining approval in principle from the Module Manager, be allowed to take this module if they pass the Admissions Translation Test for Japanese. Participants must have native or near-native ability in Japanese as well as an excellent knowledge of English.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MODL5116MSpecialised English-Japanese Translation

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to translate confidently from English into Japanese to a professional level in two key text-types.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to identify linguistic features in English and Japanese texts in two key text types.

Skills outcomes
Translate confidently from English into Japanese to a professional level in two key text types.


This module provides both native and non-native speakers of English with a practical course in high-level written translation from English to Japanese.

As preparation for translation work in a professional context it presents participants with practice in two different text-types taken from the following: journalistic and general/administrative OR technical/scientific and literary.

The module is taught through practical sessions, so there is ample opportunity for discussion of the principles which underlie effective translation strategies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- 80 hours: class preparation
- 25 hours: assignment work
- 25 hours: revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 x assignments, 1 for each text-type

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment2-hour timed translation test50.00
In-course Assessmenttake-home translation test50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:53


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