ERIC Number: ED184364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Translation: A Step Forward or Back?
Konig, Fritz H.; Vernon, Nile D.
A course in written translation at the University of Northern Iowa is described. The prerequisite for enrollment is successful completion of advanced third-year composition. Students are permitted to take the course more than once. Course materials include scholarly essays, "how to" articles, light reading from magazines, news items, editorials, and advertisements. The class generally meets twice a week for one-and-a-half-hour sessions. Translation into English is emphasized during one period, translation from English during the other. Each session deals with one project. The length of translation projects increases from 200-300 words at the beginning of the semester to 400-600 words by semester's end. All students are given the same translation exercise, and translations are compared and criticized in class. Commonly asked questions of translation students (e.g., "Are there untranslatable texts?") are listed with suggested responses. Translation theory is briefly discussed. (JB)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Translation, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Not available separately; See FL 011 156.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Minneapolis, MN, April 19-21, 1979).