Course syllabus



FRENCH 320: French Translation Practice

SEMESTER 1, 2018

15 points

Course Convenor: 

Trudy Agar -  (Arts 1 506/ext. 87616). Weekly drop-in office hour: Tues 4-5pm, or by appointment.


Course delivery format:

3 hours of classes, delivered as lectures/task-based tutorials

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)


Summary of Course Description:              

This course is designed for students wishing to develop practical translation skills and provides an introduction to professional translation.

All lectures/classes will have a hands-on, practical focus. The course will include an introduction to translation of a variety of text types that may include journalistic, academic, literary, administrative, technical and consumer-oriented texts. The course will also involve a focus on using written translation as a means of linguo-stylistic analysis of French and English texts.


Course outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will have gained the skills needed to translate accurately a variety of text types from French into English, for a variety of target audiences. Students will also gain an awareness of cultural issues at stake in translation.

Assessment Summary:


1) Assignments

x 5




2) Reflective journal



3) Mid-semester Test



4) Final Test




Prescribed Texts:

Thinking French Translation, Harvey & Higgins, 2nd edition (2002).


 Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:           

The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.

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