AJ19000 Introduction to Translation

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Ing. Mgr. Jiří Rambousek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Seibertová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Lucie Klimentová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 18:00–19:40 D22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJ09999 Qualifying Examination || AJ01002 Practical English II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 62/60, only registered: 5/60
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The students will be acquainted with the basic terms in the field of translation and translation studies and with a brief outline of the development of approaches to translation. At the beginning of the course, the importance of competence in the target language will be stressed and a short test in Czech will inform the students of the level of their Czech. Students without Czech or Slovak as their first language must pass the course AJ12070 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (instead of the course Introduction to Translation) and finish it with an exam. However, in this case, the course will not be counted as one of the programme's three compulsory linguistic courses.
The core of the course consists of the translation of various types of texts and the discussion of different translation procedures and techniques. The theoretical basis will be supplied.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to: - understand the source text and translate it into target language without shifts in meaning and language mistakes; - compare translation of various kinds of texts; - explain the main concepts of translation theory; - identify and describe the main issues in translation from English to Czech or Slovak.
  • Theory: Students study the assigned literature individually, theoretical aspects of tranlsation are then discussed/applied in class in relation to the translated texts.
  • Practical translating: The core of the course lies in practical translation. Students translate and hand in passages of texts for each lesson, their translations are then discussed in class.
  • Students are required to submit their translations on time, no more than two late submissions will be accepted (late submissions must be submitted no later than a week after the original deadline). If students fail to do so, they will not be allowed to sit the final exam. Translations must be submitted even by students repeating the course.
  • BAKER, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation. London: Routledge, 2011. 332 s. ISBN 9780415467537.
  • Wiki FF MU, http://www.phil.muni.cz/wiki/index.php/Hlavn%C3%AD_strana
  • LEVÝ, Jiří. Umění překladu. Vyd. 3., upr. a rozš. Praha: Ivo Železný, 1998. 386 s. ISBN 802373539X. info
  • BASSNETT, Susan. Translation studies. Rev. ed. London: Routledge, 1991. xxi, 168. ISBN 0415065283. info
  • NEWMARK, Peter. A textbook of translation. New York: Prentice Hall, 1988. 292 s. ISBN 0-13-912593-0. info
Teaching methods
  • At home translations of text passages assigned for each week
  • Comparison and discussion of submitted translations in class
  • Individual reading of assigned literature in translation theory
  • Teachers' comments on the literature in theory
  • Assessment methods
    Week-to-week translations; final in-class translation and written test in theory.
    Excellent knowledge of the target language (Czech or Slovak) is expected and so translations with language and grammar mistakes will be failed automatically.
    Language of instruction
    Further Comments
    Study Materials
    The course is taught each semester.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    Teacher's information
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Spring 2001, Autumn 2001, Spring 2002, Autumn 2002, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019.
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