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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARAB5023M Short Annotated Translation

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Hanem El-Farahaty

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have passed all their taught modules on the MA in Arabic/English Translation (taken in semesters 1 and 2).


MODL5301MDissertation: Translation Studies

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARAB5021MLong Annotated Translation
ARAB5022MLong Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module should enable students to develop a specialist area within Arabic>English or English>Arabic Translation. As well as producing a translation (TT) (65% of the marks for the module), students will be required to produce an account of Strategic Decisions taken relating to the entire translation (10% of module marks), and Decisions of Detail relating to specific translation decisions (25% of module marks). By giving students an opportunity to develop a specific area of translation expertise, the Short Annotated Translation module will be useful for students wishing to go on to work as professional translators in a particular specialist area.


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate detailed Arabic>English or English>Arabic translation knowledge in the subject area to which their translation belongs.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to produce a fairly extended Arabic>English or English>Arabic translation within a specific subject area, to identify the overall Strategic Decisions which they made for the translation, and to explain the Decisions of Detail which they made at specific points in the translation. Students should also be able to express themselves clearly and to present their work in line with normal academic standards.

Skills outcomes
Analytical skills
Critical thinking
Independent working
Research skills
Time management


To be agreed between the individual student, his or her supervisor and the programme directors. The module will be assessed as follows: Introduction (Strategic Decisions)10%, Translation (TT) 65%, and Decisions of Detail 25%. The specific features of the dissertation are as follows:

A. Introduction (Strategic Decision)
This should deal with the following:
1. Background to the text
2. Details of the writer (if known and relevant)
3. Strategic decisions. A consideration of the style of the text to be translated; an attempt to identify features of a corresponding style in English (possibly with inclusion of extract from an English text of corresponding style, to demonstrate presence of the features identified).

B. Decisions of detail (footnotes accompanying translation)
Students are to footnote and discuss significant individual translation decisions which they made. They should relate these to notions discussed in modules during the year, particularly the Specialised Arabic/English and/or English/Arabic Translation modules (of which they must take two), and the compulsory Methods and Approaches to Translation Studies module wherever it is sensible and enlightening to do so.

C. Choice of text
Students should not choose a text that is so easy that it does not have many points which present a challenge to the translator. But, they should also do not choose a text which is so difficult that they find themselves not understanding what is 'going on'.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours293.00
Total Contact hours7.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Agreement on plan, feedback on drafts.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkCommentary - Introduction (Strategic Decisions) (1,500 words)10.00
Written WorkTranslation - 4 - 5,000 word Arabic>English or English>Arabic translation65.00
Written WorkAnnotations - Decisions of Detail (2,000 words)25.00
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: 29/11/2022


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