ERIC Number: ED333740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Teaching Technical Translation: An Engineered Approach at Flensburg Polytechnic.
All students in the new, unique four-year degree program for technical translators at Flensburg Polytechnic (Germany) must study engineering as well as language and cultural skills, language information technology, and theoretical and practical aspects of translation. The program was conceived and established by engineers with an interest in languages and translation, reflected in the program staff composition, which includes two applied linguists (however, the staff does not include theoretical linguists or language teachers; the program is practical, and little research is undertaken). Technical subjects comprise about half the curriculum, including descriptive engineering, technical translation, and information technology. Engineering specialists lecture periodically on specialized topics. In the second year, emphasis is on engineering physics and electrical engineering, including computer science and telecommunications. Standard engineering textbooks are generally unsuitable for translators, but more descriptive texts for training apprentices, craftsmen, and technicians are useful and comprehensive. Popular illustrated reference books can also be used, and educational videos and two-dimensional transparent models are readily available. Technical field trips are an integral part of the program. Enrollment is limited to 20-25. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Flensburg Polytechnic (Germany)
Note: Paper presented at the Language International Conference on Teaching, Translating, and Interpreting (1st, Elsinore, Denmark, May 31-June 2, 1991).