Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

MHAL1351 - German : Translation and Interpreting


Credits : 5

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 60 hours of exercises.

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
With reference to the Learning Outcomes Reference Text of the Degree in Translation and Interpretation, students following this Course Unit develop and acquire the following LOs:

On completing this Unit students should be able to:

• Identify the producer, the target audience and the function of a German-language source text;
• Identify documentary and informational needs arising from a German-language source text;
• Identify reliable and suitable sources for the documentation needed to (1) understand the source text and (2) that can be exploited for language purposes in order to produce a translation (target text);
• Resolve translation problems by applying the theory taught during the course;
• With or without translation aids, translate from language C into language A and within the agreed timeframe a new text on a subject studied during the course using correct grammar, lexical selection, syntax, phraseology and punctuation;
• Provide, if necessary, explanatory notes with their translation work;
• Save their work and supply it in the form requested to the client by the agreed deadline.
• Understand an oral or written presentation in language C and render it in language A, using correct grammar, style, lexical selection and spelling;
• Understand, memorise and render (reproduce) in language A and oral presentation in language C, without taking notes, within the time available and in line with professional norms.

Prerequisites :
Co-requisites :

Course contents :
Through practical and adapted exercises this Course Unit introduces students to the basic principles of summarising, translating* and interpreting general texts from German into French.
Students benefit from personalised progress monitoring/guidance and should expect to be given work to do at home.
*From French into German in the specific program for German-speaking students.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Group work, lectures, problem-based learning and managing small translation projects. Various exercises (practical work and exercises using the language laboratory, guided exercises/work and simulation exercises)
Active participation is expected.
Students who didn't hand in or present at least 80% of the assignments won't be accepted for the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral and written assessments including a range of question formats.
- Weighting:
This course is subdivided into two parts (Translation 50% and Introduction to Interpretation 50%) and has two separate exams. The global mark is an average calculated as described above (50% Translation + 50% Introduction to interpretation). In case of a fail grade, you're invited to visit the MOODLE page of the course and check the details. A 10/20 or higher mark will automatically be transferred to the second exam session. It's thus not possible to re-sit the exam related to this part of the course.
- Evaluation methods for the sub-sections of the course:
Introduction to interpretation: oral exam
Translation C>A (P. Kerres): continuous assessment (40%) + written exam (60%)
Translation C>A (D. Etienne): continuous assessment (40%) + written exam (60%)
Translation C>A (F. Gallez): written paper (40%) + written exam (60%) The exams cannot be taken if the papers have not been handed in on time.
- Second session:
Introduction to interpretation: oral exam
Translation C>A (P. Kerres): written paper (40%) + written exam (60%) Translation C>A (D. Etienne):written paper (40%) + written exam (60%) Translation C>A (F. Gallez): written paper (40%) + written exam (60%)
The exams cannot be taken if the papers have not been handed in on time.
- Students resitting the exams for this course in 2021-2022 will be assessed on the course material of the current year, i.e. 2021-2022. - Depending on the code imposed by the COVID crisis, the assessments may take place online.

Recommended or required reading :
La traduction raisonnée, Jean Delisle ISBN : 978-2-7603-2119-9
Hallo! Wortschatztraining für Deutsch als Zweitsprache ISBN 978-3-12-562528-0 Page Moodle TIMHCG "Culture et vous"

Other information :
Documents and links on Moodle