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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MODL5009M English for Translators

15 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: James Wilson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Open to students registered on all programmes with translation and/or interpreting whose first language is NOT English

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module aims to:
- develop students' general competence in written English language;
- improve the accuracy and idiomaticity of translation from students' mother tongues;
- increase students' awareness of functional properties of English lexicon, in particular collocations.

Learning outcomes
- Vocabulary and idiomatic use associated with the domains covered in the Specialised Translation modules;
- Familiarity with the range of resources available to verify the idiomaticity of translations into English.

Skills outcomes
- Ability to produce natural and idiomatic expressions in English when translating from the student's native language.
- Ability to distinguish near-synonyms with near native speaker accuracy.


- Examination and improvement of machine-translated texts.
- Study of collocation and vocabulary use based on up-to-date corpora of written English.
- Aspects of grammar known to cause difficulty for non-native speakers of English.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation for seminars (40h), Reading texts (40h), Preparation for test (20h), Preparation for commentary (30h)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through weekly exercises in revising imperfect translations, with extensive feedback during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation2,000 word commentary60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

The commentary will be on the text revision done in the 2 hour timed test.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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: 20/09/2023


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